Addie and her sister are about to embark on an epic road trip to a friend’s wedding in the north of Scotland. The playlist is all planned and the snacks are packed.
But, not long after setting off, a car slams into the back of theirs. The driver is none other than Addie’s ex, Dylan, who she’s avoided since their traumatic break-up two years earlier.
Dylan and his best mate are heading to the wedding too, and they’ve totalled their car, so Addie has no choice but to offer them a ride. The car is soon jam-packed full of luggage and secrets, and with three hundred miles ahead of them, Dylan and Addie can’t avoid confronting the very messy history of their relationship…
Will they make it to the wedding on time? And, more importantly… is this really the end of the road for Addie and Dylan?
In her latest offering, author Beth O’Leary tells another unusual story, this one involving exes, their crazy friends, and a stranger thrown in for good measure. With them, she takes us along on the journey they embark on – a three hundred and fifty eight mile road trip – packed in a tiny car.
Being cramped in such close quarters for an extended period of time can bring out the worst in anyone. Multiply that by five and you know you have a hopelessly comical setting. This is just one of the reasons that continue to draw me to O’Leary’s writing.
Addie and Dylan had no intentions of facing each other at their friend’s wedding and, as fate would have it, they are thrown together once again. Something happened between them two years ago, something so terrible it resulted in a devastating breakup. As the travellers progress on their trip, the story alternates between Then—tracing their budding romance up to the events that led to the breakup—and Now—the aftermath of their broken relationship.
The crazy journey and the revelations made along the way make a fascinating narrative, so much so you forget these people are headed to a wedding until the reader’s attention is brought back to the fact.
O’Leary tells unconventional stories brimming with comedy and romance. But another reason her books find their mark is in the way her characters highlight challenges women face in a deeply patriarchal society. Here, she explores alcohol abuse, depression, consent and sexual assault. Her sensitive portrayal of these issues when intricately woven into the plot is testament to her strong and determined writing voice.
Wildly amusing that you’ll split your sides from laughing hard but also hear the cracks in your heart from the unpredictably tender love story.
The Road Trip by Beth O’Leary. Published on 29th April 2021 by Quercus Books, a Hachette UK Company. This ARC courtesy of NetGalley and Quercus Books UK.
Book 26 of 2021.
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