Addie and her sister are about to embark on an epic road trip to a friend’s wedding in rural 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 four 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?
I became so engrossed in this novel that for a few days I forgot the rest of the world existed. Needless to say it’s a compelling book and I couldn’t put it down. Dylan and Addie and their respective friends are heading out on separate journeys to a mutual friends wedding in Scotland. Dylan catches glimpses of the girl in the car in front and imagines it’s his ex-girlfriend. A flash of her face in the rear-view mirror, her eyes, her eyebrows behind square glasses, are all vaguely familiar, but he knows for utter certainty it’s her when he catches sight of her bracelets, the ones she never takes off. He is so mesmerised he fails to notice when her car slows down and he bumps into the back of it. Dylan and Addie find themselves face to face again after two years of separation. Five people subsequently end up squashed into a mini and this explosive combination proves for an very interesting and eventful car journey. The suffocating heat and tension in the car is palpable and you definitely get a sense of the strained atmosphere within, it’s like a time bomb waiting to go off. This opening scene is a fantastic introduction to the story and completely drew me in from the onset.
The characters are all amazing and I really enjoyed the dynamics and the mix of people involved. The intricacies of Addie and Dylan’s relationship is very cleverly done and following their story arc is heartfelt and emotional. While the story focuses mainly on Addie and Dylan, it is also the side characters that add depth and humour and make this novel more interesting. I adored our hero lorry driver, Kevin, always coming to the rescue as well as the supportive relationship Addie had with her half sister, Deb.
A beautiful novel, which starts off all warm and romantic and becomes progressively more intense as the story unfolds. We explore the issues that brought Dylan and Addie together as well as the issues that drove them apart, interwoven with the present situation. The two separate timelines and narratives worked well and kept the reader guessing about the consequences of the breakup until the end.
A well written and thought out book with a clever plot and its fair share of twists and turns. I loved the story, the characters and all it’s complexities and I particularly enjoyed the initial scenes of them falling in love and the gorgeous setting in France. The Flat Share and The Road Trip are now my two favourite Beth O’Leary reads and very worth of my 5 star rating. There is a wonderful blend of engaging storyline, romance and humour in her books and I’m obsessed.
Publication Date (UK): 29 April 2021
Page Count: 411
Genre: Romantic Comedy
Thank you to the publisher for the gifted advanced eARC of this book, via Netgalley, in exchange for an honest review.
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