Roadtrip to Redemption

Roadtrip to Redemption

by Laurie Larsen


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Hundreds of thousands of readers have discovered Pawleys Island Paradise ... it's your turn!

It started as a trip to lose old memories. It became a journey to find her heart.

Leslie Malone faces an empty, lonely summer. Her marriage is over. Her daughter is overseas, living her dream. Her students are enjoying a carefree summer break. What's the purpose of her life if she's not a wife, mother and teacher? The idea of a roadtrip beckons her. Aimless wandering? Or inspired discovery? A woman of faith, she asks God for His guidance, then does her best to follow His direction.

Hank Harrison is a quiet man, good with his hands, but short on words. He's paid a heavy price for not forgiving his son for horrible mistakes made years ago, mistakes with vast consequences. Hank recognizes Leslie as an answer to his prayers, and together, they begin to mend their futures.

Neither of them plans to fall in love. Will the worst summer of Leslie's life become the season that redeems them both?

Want more Pawleys Island?

  • Roadtrip to Redemption (Book 1)
  • Tide to Atonement (Book 2)
  • Journey to Fulfillment (Book 3)
  • Bridge to Fruition (Book 4)
  • Path to Discovery (Book 5)
  • Return to Devotion (Book 6
  • Pawleys Island Paradise: A Companion (Book 7))
  • Pawleys Island Paradise Books 1 - 3 boxset including the author's exclusive "Pawleys Island: Then and Now" photo album

˃˃˃ Yours TODAY. From the author of the Best Spiritual Romance of 2010, Laurie Larsen

Christian romance grounded in today's modern world.

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Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781499347456
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 05/03/2014
Series: Pawleys Island Paradise , #1
Pages: 356
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.79(d)

About the Author

Laurie Larsen is a multi-published author of romance and women's fiction. She became an award-winning author when her inspirational romance, Preacher Man won the EPIC award for Best Spiritual Romance of 2010. Laurie spends her days working in the high-paced world of Information Technology, and her nights writing love stories that touch the heart. Laurie and her husband of 25 years are empty-nesters now, which makes spending her evenings writing a little easier than when the calendar was filled with kids' activities.

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Roadtrip to Redemption 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 52 reviews.
PureJonel More than 1 year ago
Larsen has a very approachable and flowing writing style that not only complements the storyline but also makes you feel like you’re part of it.  She draws on your emotions, allowing you to feel for the characters.  I found it easy to picture myself in the main character’s shoes.  I was quite impressed with the way that Larsen works religious undertones into this novel.  Being one who isn’t generally a fan of inspirational/religion based romance novels, I have to say Larsen takes a brilliant approach.  Although she makes it obvious that God’s will works its way through this novel, Larsen never preaches at her audience.  It’s a brilliant balance.   The characters in this novel are quite well developed.  The main character is such a real person that you cannot help but connect with her.   Her strength is admirable, yet the vulnerability makes her human.  The supporting cast is also quite well put together.  I appreciate how everyone complements each other, without being duplicate or unnecessary characters.  Not everyone serves a major role in this novel, but they all definitely serve a purpose.   This is an intricately woven tale that will take you on the journey of a lifetime.   Disillusionment, self-acceptance, and romance all make their way into the mix for one intimate journey. Please note that I received a complimentary copy of this work in exchange for an honest review.
LME1 More than 1 year ago
Loved this book, devoured it in two days.  I got completely wrapped up in the characters, the beach setting and the themes of midlife transition, spirituality and real romance against the odds!  Loved it and can't wait to read the next book in this exciting series.
JerseyGirlBookReviews More than 1 year ago
Roadtrip to Redemption is a beautifully written and heartwarming story that follows one woman's roadtrip that turns into an inspirational journey that will change her life.  After twenty years of marriage, third grade teacher Leslie Malone is newly divorced and suddenly finds herself all alone for the summer. Daughter Jasmine is not coming home from college, she has been accepted to attend a summer abroad program in Paris for a once in a lifetime fashion internship. Facing long summer days alone ahead of her, and with no plans or anything important to do, Leslie is at a crossroads in her life. Leslie decides to hit the road for destinations unknown ... Traveling from her home in Pittsburgh, Leslie's roadtrip becomes an inspirational journey of self-discovery to the tranquil beach of Pawleys Island, South Carolina ... a journey filled with friendly encounters, adventures, an unexpected second chance at love, and a new outlook on life.  Author Laurie Larsen weaves a lovely story that invites the reader to follow Leslie's journey as she discovers a new purpose in her life after a devastating divorce. You can't help but become captivated with this uplifting story of rediscovering faith, love, and learning to move forward in life. From meeting fascinating new people to rediscovering herself, and the unexpected plans that God has in store for her, Leslie's story will leave a smile on your face. I loved the unexpected adult romance that develops between Leslie and Hank Harrison. They are two middle aged people who both face issues in their lives, yet they get a refreshing second chance at discovering love.  I would be remiss if I didn't mention that the author easily transports the reader to the different locales on Leslie's roadtrip with her rich descriptions that culminates at the final destination on the tranquil beaches of Pawleys Island.  I am looking forward to reading Tide to Atonement, the second book in the Pawleys Island Paradise series. Roadtrip to Redemption is a wonderful Christian inspirational romance novel that will touch your heart and leave an imprint on your soul. 
RTWolfe2012 More than 1 year ago
You won't want to put this one down.  Ms. Larsen's beautiful writing voice takes you deep into a warm Pawley's Island vacation of faith, discovery and love. Her life recently disheveled, Leslie is lost and wandering, but her trust in God keeps her moving forward. She meets Hank, a simple man who is refreshingly real. They face honest issues and an attraction that keeps you cheering for them.  I fell in love with the story and the characters. You will too. 
MJSchillerAuthor More than 1 year ago
This is one roadtrip you'll wanna take! I've read and enjoyed several of Laurie Larsen's novels, but she REALLY shines when she writes inspirational romance, in my opinion. It just seems to fit her voice seamlessly. I loved all of the little stories within the story and she had me crying SEVERAL times, for different reasons. I liked the way the characters prayed and the overall message that we should listen and follow God's voice and try to discern when we are making decisions for us, or for Him. I can't wait to read Jeremy's story and see what Larsen has cooked up for him. He was one of my favorite characters.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well developed and likeable characters. A sweet story of a woman who is recently divorced and figuring out what the next step of her life should be. She embarks on her first solo vacation to her favorite childhood memory. This sweet story is full of passion, yet is clean reading without smut.
BookGeekUK More than 1 year ago
** This book was provided by the author in exchange for an honest review ** It's only when you read a certain book do you realize how emotionally caught up your feelings get with the characters. This was one of them, in the sense that to me, it was definitely an easy, calming read. With a lot of my past reads I have clearly been getting tensed along with the characters because with this, I didn't. It's not a bad thing either. it makes me want to take a page out of Leslie's book (the saying) and ask God for guidance because her life, although up in the air at the start, made you realize that with a little bit of faith, you can find your path in life. When a long, lonely summer is placed at Leslie's feet, her daughter in Paris and her husband, now ex-husband rushing to get on with his life and rid himself of his past (the house) Leslie has nothing to do or with now that the school year is over. On a whim (and I have to say I think things that happen on a whim are the best) she jumps in her car and sets out on her first trip as a single woman in 20 years with nothing but her suit case, GPS and an aim for the sea. Like Leslie, I adore the sea and hate going places where i can't see it. We all have that one place we took vacations as children that still hold the dearest and best memories from your entire life. Upon finding 'The Old Grey Barn' on/in Pawleys she stumbles across the handy man... Hank. From that moment, friendship and romance literally takes off. There isn't anything between them but feelings. No cheating, no lies... nothing. It's perfect and something we all dream about! She helps Hank overcome his biggest fear and reconciles with his Son after 10 years (He's inside.) between them, they seem to grow so much. At the end of the story... I honestly had a smile on my face... almost to the point of tearing (I probably would have if I wasn't so tired.) It was a book that made me not want to give up hope on everything and everyone. *sighs*
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Awesome story!  I couldn't put it down and I can't wait to read the next installment of this series! Excellent work, Laurie!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Now this book shows what's like what life is really like. We all have our hardships, and sometimes our faith is all we have to see us through.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I love a book that grabs me from page 1 and makes me want to stay up all night to finish it! This was definitely one of those books! I'm looking forward to the next one in the series.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. I am a beach person myself so I can relate the joy of being in that type of surrounding. You feel like your on the journey with Leslie as she tries to cope with life after divorce. The characters are great. I would definately recommend this book. I look forward to reading more from Laurie Larsen.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I really enjoyed this book. The author created characters that made me want to keep reading.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful a must read
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Well written & very identifiable.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Thoroughly enjoyed the fast paced road trip romance. It inspired me to pray for God's leading and to have faith in His direction.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
An entertaining read, but not very realistic. A little too much "and they lived happily ever after" for my taste. Nicely developed characters, though. I would have liked to see how they fared in a more complex plot.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A very good read.
Anonymous 6 months ago
I absolutely love this book !
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Wonderful adventure across several states. Great read...riveting story line. Find. yourself in a quaint seaside town.
Cynthia181 More than 1 year ago
Touching This was a beautiful story about how one women found a new life after a divorce. Leslie was dealing with her ex husband and selling their home, her daughter out of the country and figuring out what she needed to do. So she decided to go on a road trip and with God's guidance she helped 3 people in different towns, but then she met Hank at a house her family use to rent in the summer.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved reading this book and can't wait to read the others. I luve in SC and love to read stories from the area. Thank you
Bernadette_Cinkoske More than 1 year ago
An awesome tale with our main couple nearing 50. The author makes Pawleys Island living and these characters come alive. The characters felt like friends when I was finished reading. Hank and Leslie have to journey through some big changes but paths become clear when they listen to God. I highly recommend Laurie Larsen's tale to anyone looking for a great read.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Loved this book and the story was inspiring
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Sweet story about a woman forced onto a new life path. Newly divorced, she needs to learn how to continue her life single. She starts with a road trip . . . I enjoyed this story - except for one inconsistency. She was picked up from Philly and driven to Pawleys, so she was without her car. Yet her car was written into that part of the story. I was surprised that the editor missed this. Book is worth reading and very enjoyable! This was my second time reading it! **** esk 08/2018
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
A journey of one woman going through a major life transition and deepening her faith. Great characters and I just ordered the next 2 books in the series. Definitely recommend this author.