God Bless the Broken Road
Now a major motion picture!
War widow and single mom Amber Hill feels like all hope is lost—but when an impulsive and irresistible race car driver comes into her life, he shows her the way back to her daughter, her faith, and a new love in this sweetly romantic novel.
Amber Hill never imagined she would find herself a war widow and single mom. She feels robbed and is angry at God. Where, Amber wonders, are the Sunday dinners, the picnics, the bike rides, the time they should be enjoying as a family? Instead, Amber is left with a folded flag and an empty heart. But above all, while dealing with her own grief, Amber struggles to help her nine-year-old daughter, Bree.
Cody Jackson has a death wish. Or at least that’s what his manager thinks, as Cody pushes his race car and his luck in every race. Is he hiding something as he tempts death and destruction on the track? When Cody encourages Bree to join in a derby car race for local youth, she finds a way to channel her grief into something good. And she likes that her mom and Cody are starting to become friends—or maybe something more.
As Amber struggles to hold it all together, her growing feelings for Cody complicate things. But when the unthinkable happens, she has nowhere left to turn and she finally cries out to God for help. With her faith, her life, her family, and her heart hanging in the balance, Amber is forced to decide between the broken road she knows so well and trusting that God will provide a new path in this heartwarming and charming novel.
Dornbush's debut novel reads much more like a screenplay than a contemporary inspirational romance. The novel follows the travails of Amber Hill, young mother to eight-year-old Bree, who's still recovering from the sudden death of her soldier husband in Afghanistan. Her path crosses that of Cody Jackson, a stock car driver who lacks both patience and precision which he's been sent to the fictional small American town of Clarksville to learn from experienced mechanic Joe. As Amber struggles to surface from drowning in the details of life without her husband and a contentious relationship with her mother-in-law, friends and faith community members attempt to buoy her with their love. Unfortunately, what might play well on the big screen desperately struggles on the page. Atmospheric details and Amber's perspective overwhelm an already loss-heavy narrative, obliterating any attempt at subtlety. Shallow characterizations are painted with broad strokes that ignore the more delicate nuances of grief and fail to capture the true weight of losing a loved one.