Side Trip
An unforgettable and breathtaking novel of love, loss, and the unexpected routes that life takes from Amazon Charts and Wall Street Journal bestselling author Kerry Lonsdale.With her deceased sister’s Route 66 bucket list in hand, California girl Joy Evers sets out on a cross-country road trip to meet up with her fiancé, checking off the bullets along the way.Singer-songwriter Dylan Westfield has a serious case of wanderlust and a broken-down car. Stuck at a diner between LA and Flagstaff, he meets Joy, his complete opposite. She’s energetic. He’s moody. She’s by the book. He’s spontaneous. She believes in love at first sight. He thinks love is a complicated mess. But Joy has a brand-new convertible.They strike a deal. She’ll drive him to New York. He’ll pay for gas. Only three rules apply: no exchanging of last names; what happens on the road, stays on the road; and if one of them wants to take a side trip, they both must agree.A heart-stirring love story that spans a decade, Side Trip explores what-if. What if Joy and Dylan had exchanged last names? What if he’d told her she made him believe love was worth the risk? And what if they hadn’t made that second deal when they couldn’t say goodbye?

Side Trip Details

TitleSide Trip
Author
LanguageEnglish
ReleaseJul 7th, 2020
PublisherLake Union Publishing
Rating
GenreFiction, Romance

Side Trip Review

  • Kerry
    January 1, 1970
    Hi friends! Im ecstatic for you to read my next stand-alone novel, SIDE TRIP, a romantic womens fiction story of love, loss, and the unexpected routes life takes. Joys journey spans a decade. Theres sibling rivalry and regrets, family drama, a smidge of suspense, inklings of mystery, a healthy dose of romance, loads of greasy diner food, music, more music, and thousands of miles traveled. This book should give you all the feels.I hope you add SIDE TRIP to your Goodreads shelves. Enjoy!Kerry xo Hi friends! I’m ecstatic for you to read my next stand-alone novel, SIDE TRIP, a romantic women’s fiction story of love, loss, and the unexpected routes life takes. Joy’s journey spans a decade. There’s sibling rivalry and regrets, family drama, a smidge of suspense, inklings of mystery, a healthy dose of romance, loads of greasy diner food, music, more music, and thousands of miles traveled. This book should give you all the feels.I hope you add SIDE TRIP to your Goodreads shelves. Enjoy!Kerry xo
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  • Theresa Alan
    January 1, 1970
    This novel didnt work for me. I never got emotionally invested in the characters. I like being clear about what outcome Im rooting for, but because I never cared about the characters and it was unclear whether I was hoping Joy worked things out with Mark or Dylan, that never happened.Joy is driving from California where she just finished college to New York, where her fiancé Mark lives. Along the way, shes crossing off her older sisters bucket list. Joy feels responsible for Judys death, and This novel didn’t work for me. I never got emotionally invested in the characters. I like being clear about what outcome I’m rooting for, but because I never cared about the characters and it was unclear whether I was hoping Joy worked things out with Mark or Dylan, that never happened.Joy is driving from California where she just finished college to New York, where her fiancé Mark lives. Along the way, she’s crossing off her older sister’s bucket list. Joy feels responsible for Judy’s death, and dressing in the 50s style her sister was fond of and listening to 50s music while checking off the things her sister wanted to do makes her feel less guilty. It doesn’t take a psychic to figure out that Joy needs to forgive herself for making a dumb mistake when she was young, and living her sister’s life’s goals will never bring her back.Along the way, she meets an angry, talented musician. She knows Dylan doesn’t want to be performing at dive bars across America because he has terrible stage fright. He much prefers writing songs and selling them to people who like to perform or discovering talent and helping those folks make it in the music industry. He won’t tell her why he has to drive across the country doing this, although once he finally does, you realize it was a stupid thing he kept secret and he should have just told her straight away. We’re told about how hot they are for each other, but I never felt it.Even though he knows she’s engaged, they fall for each other along the way, but Joy still feels obligated to marry Mark because she promised him he would. I’ve liked other books by Lonsdale, but not this one. Thanks to NetGalley for the opportunity to read this novel, which RELEASES JULY 7, 2020.
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  • Erin Clemence
    January 1, 1970
    So many thanks to the author, Kerry Lonsdale, for allowing me to be a part of the promotional team for this book, and providing me with a free, digital ARC! I tend to read psychological fiction, suspense and creepy horrors; these types of novels have always been my genre of choice. It was only recently that I started getting into womens fiction novels, and Kerry Lonsdales Everything We Keep novel series was actually where that journey began for me. Joy is still reeling from the death of her So many thanks to the author, Kerry Lonsdale, for allowing me to be a part of the promotional team for this book, and providing me with a free, digital ARC! I tend to read psychological fiction, suspense and creepy horrors; these types of novels have always been my genre of choice. It was only recently that I started getting into women’s fiction novels, and Kerry Lonsdale’s “Everything We Keep” novel series was actually where that journey began for me. Joy is still reeling from the death of her sister when she was a teenager, and she decides to combat her grief by completing her sister’s “bucket list”. When her fiancée relocates to New York, Joy jumps at the chance to make the cross-country road trip, hopefully checking off her sister’s dreams as she goes. At a diner in Arizona, Joy meets Dylan, a songwriter with a broken down car and a goa of his own - to perform at various venues from one coast to the other in order to fulfill his father’s dying wishes. The two end up road tripping together, each trying to complete their own individual lists. As the two veer off on various “side trips” to check off their obligations, the two begin to learn about each other and romantic feelings begin to grow. But with only ten days together, do they really know each other? Could what they have be worth risking it all? Both Joy and Dylan are complex characters, and they bring about a wide range of emotions in the reader. I sympathized with Joy while at the same time I was completely frustrated with her. I liked Dylan’s wit but at the same time was annoyed by his arrogance. This, though, is why they are so likable. They are not the usual cheesy, picture-perfect characters that romance novels generally feature. They are dysfunctional and flawed, but they are perfect together. I thought I had predicted how this novel would end, but the twist toward the end was one I didn’t see coming. It leaves a reader thinking of all the roads not taken, and the choices we have made along the way that brought us to where we are. This emotionally charged road trip story is thought provoking, full of heart-warming characters and beautiful settings. Joy and Dylan are wonderful characters to get to know and I hope to see more of them in the future!
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  • Melissa
    January 1, 1970
    I love Kerry Lonsdale's writing. She always manages to grab me right away and not let go until the last page has been turned. Her debut Everything We Keep was one of my favorites in 2016 and now Side Trip ranks right up there with it as the best of Kerry's novels. Joy and Dylan had such amazing chemistry. I liked how the story went back and forth between the time they were traveling and what happened afterward. It kept building up to some harrowing truths. I was only able to guess one part of I love Kerry Lonsdale's writing. She always manages to grab me right away and not let go until the last page has been turned. Her debut Everything We Keep was one of my favorites in 2016 and now Side Trip ranks right up there with it as the best of Kerry's novels. Joy and Dylan had such amazing chemistry. I liked how the story went back and forth between the time they were traveling and what happened afterward. It kept building up to some harrowing truths. I was only able to guess one part of the story. Everything else was surprising and caught me off guard. This was a great escapist read while being cooped up in a house, just envisioning two people riding across the US and exploring new places along the way. I also enjoyed the music aspect, whether it was discovering what was on Joy's road trip playlist or imagining what Dylan was singing at his performances along the way. My only concern was that I had difficulty getting a sense of timing. I didn't know what year it was until they said 2020 was ten years after the road trip. I thought it had taken place in current time and that the story was going into the future during the "after" chapters.This was a wonderful love story and it also spoke to being true to yourself. I highly recommend adding it to your TBR pile this summer!Movie casting ideas:Joy: Stephanie StylesDylan: William BrentMark: Colin FordTaryn: Kara HaywardChase: Charlie Rowe
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  • Sue
    January 1, 1970
    WOW!! Kerry Lonsdale has done it again -- given her readers a fantastic story with realistic characters that keep you turning pages to the end. I have read every word that this author has published and she has become one of the few authors that I will buy her books without knowing anything about them because I know that they'll be fantastic.Joy is driving from California to New York City to start a new job and move in with her fiancé. She is travelling on Route 66 holding on to her deceased WOW!! Kerry Lonsdale has done it again -- given her readers a fantastic story with realistic characters that keep you turning pages to the end. I have read every word that this author has published and she has become one of the few authors that I will buy her books without knowing anything about them because I know that they'll be fantastic.Joy is driving from California to New York City to start a new job and move in with her fiancé. She is travelling on Route 66 holding on to her deceased sister's bucket list as she tries to experience all of adventures that her sister wanted to do but never had a chance before she died. In Arizona, she meets Dylan who is also headed to NYC but with his car broken down at a greasy spoon restaurant, he isn't sure how he'll get there. He is a musician and has several stops to make along the way to perform at various bars. They make a deal. She’ll drive him to New York and he’ll pay for gas. Only three rules apply: no exchanging of last names; what happens on the road, stays on the road; and if one of them wants to take a side trip, they both must agree. After spending 10 days together on their trip, they say goodbye at JFK airport in NYC and spend the next 10 years wondering 'what if'.This book is full of romance and music and suspense. It asks the question whether planning out your life and adhering strictly to your plans is the way to find happiness? Or does life need some spontaneity to be happy?Thanks to the author for a copy of this book to read and review. All opinions are my own.
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  • Kerrie Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Omg!Kerry has done it again.Ive laughed, Ive cried (big fat ugly tears) and I have loved every minute of this journey..Joy is travelling Route 66 to complete her dead sister Judys bucket list, before moving to New York to marry her fiancé Mark. She plans to cross of all the things Judy wanted to do in her memory.Stooping at a roadside cafe she meets Dylan ,who is travelling the same route performing in various venues on the way. After hs car breaks down she agrees to give him a lift, as long as Omg!Kerry has done it again.I’ve laughed, I’ve cried (big fat ugly tears) and I have loved every minute of this journey..Joy is travelling Route 66 to complete her dead sister Judy’s bucket list, before moving to New York to marry her fiancé Mark. She plans to cross of all the things Judy wanted to do in her memory.Stooping at a roadside cafe she meets Dylan ,who is travelling the same route performing in various venues on the way. After hs car breaks down she agrees to give him a lift, as long as they agree to 3 rules: No last names, Whatever happens on the road stays on the road, and if one of them wants to take a side trip they both have to agree. They spend the next 10 days together before separating at JFK.The story is told in both Joy and Dylan’s perspectives and weaves brilliantly between before and afterI would highly recommend. I’ve also loved listening to the Side Trip playlist that accompanies this bookThanks go to Kerry and her Team Side Trip And Netgalley for the opportunity to read an early copy of this book
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  • Beth Martinez
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! This is Kerry Lonsdales best writing yet! Every book I read I think that she cant write a book I like better, happily I continue to be wrong! I loved Joy and Dylan! I loved that I could actually feel the emotions that Kerry was portraying through her characters! There was so much Joy reading this, tears as well (you will experience these emotions too I promise)! I just cannot recommend Kerry as an author more! If you are reading this, take a Side Trip with her other books she has written as Wow! This is Kerry Lonsdale’s best writing yet! Every book I read I think that she can’t write a book I like better, happily I continue to be wrong! I loved Joy and Dylan! I loved that I could actually feel the emotions that Kerry was portraying through her characters! There was so much “Joy” reading this, tears as well (you will experience these emotions too I promise)! I just cannot recommend Kerry as an author more! If you are reading this, take a “Side Trip” with her other books she has written as well! You won’t be sorry!
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  • Barbara O'Neal
    January 1, 1970
    Love this surprising and twisting love story about two lost and lonely people offered a chance at happiness. Will they take it....or let life make those choices for them? A highly romantic and heartwrenching story by a writer who rarely takes the expected route.
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  • Donna Hines
    January 1, 1970
    Kerry, you are an absolute and profound writer and I cannot stress this enough with 'Side Trip' that has cemented the hearts and minds of readers forever! You are a breath of fresh air with the turn of every page. It's a travelling journey that I never wish to leave yet I know sadly it shall end until the next novel is revealed.As a fan, I've read a ton, and I'll tell you they each have a distinct flavor of love, loss, of characters that are uniquely talented and deeply flawed, and of wild Kerry, you are an absolute and profound writer and I cannot stress this enough with 'Side Trip' that has cemented the hearts and minds of readers forever! You are a breath of fresh air with the turn of every page. It's a travelling journey that I never wish to leave yet I know sadly it shall end until the next novel is revealed.As a fan, I've read a ton, and I'll tell you they each have a distinct flavor of love, loss, of characters that are uniquely talented and deeply flawed, and of wild emotions that leap off the page at you and cause you to breath deep and explore both internally and externally your own self values.Joy is our main gal here and she's at a crossroads literally and figuratively with a sidekick she picked up in need of assistance along the highway.As they say ladies, opposites attract, and it doesn't hurt to be a handsome musician like Dylan who is savory and colorful and hot for Joy's every second of time.Deals are made and deals may even be broken but one things for certain, the heart and mind want what the heart and mind shall possess.You can't deny chemistry, you can't deny emotions, you can't deny it or else risk losing it all together.Sure it was 10 days on the road, a road trip with rules and regulations, a chance encounter with an eye opening experience on all sides of the fence.It's not surprising that they both are afraid of change, of a brighter future, of love?Well, truth be told she was engaged to Mark but Dylan is a risk taker playing in dive bars so what does he have to lose by chasing a girl?Life is simply too short to skirt around the issues.The explosive nature of this book is throughout the characters development as they uncover the truths about their external relationships with extended family and friends and perhaps about themselves. We are all inherently flawed and yes we all seek the goodness in others.The shocking details that Joy shares about the loss of her sister Judy on that fateful night was one heck of tail spin.How can anyone hold in so much pain?The fact that Dylan and Chase also had a secret to reveal was also a tipping point and the notion that those what ifs hovering around could've changed the entire projection of the plot.WOW!I honestly love to write and read but I don't know how you do this and move me to every emotion...That ending was the purest and most authentic of all and I'm deeply moved by the entire plot.What a great way to start the week!Thank you for this honor in receiving this ARC and in reviewing your work.I'm truly blessed to have this friendship.I look forward to your next novel and can't imagine the journey it will ultimately become.
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  • Judy Christiana
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! This is an amazing book. My emotions were all over the place and that is a fantastic thing to say about a story. When the reader becomes so involved in caring about the characters, the situations happening, and the ultimate outcome, that shows the great skills of the author.Joy at age 13 made a bad decision. That decision then was made worse by decisions others made. She did the best she could at that young age, but now as an adult, she carries the guilt of what happened inside her, not Wow! This is an amazing book. My emotions were all over the place and that is a fantastic thing to say about a story. When the reader becomes so involved in caring about the characters, the situations happening, and the ultimate outcome, that shows the great skills of the author.Joy at age 13 made a bad decision. That decision then was made worse by decisions others made. She did the best she could at that young age, but now as an adult, she carries the guilt of what happened inside her, not wanting to express her feelings or truly feel free to live her life. The guilt is eating Joy’s spirit away and she cannot see a way to be rid of it. In an attempt to relieve some pain, she takes a road trip on Route 66. This was a life goal of her sister Judy and she had a list of things to do on the trip. The fact that Judy is not around anymore and cannot take the trip herself is part of Joy’s guilt.Joy meets Dylan near the beginning of her journey on Route 66 and he also is carrying burdens with him. They agree to travel together in Joy’s convertible Bug. Their relationship begins as driving companions, to temporary friends, to much more over the ten days of the journey. They become a salve to each other, to heal the wounds of the past.The details of the journey on Route 66 were so interesting to experience. I never have taken the trip, but now, I feel like I did. There is a strong theme of music being felt deeply in the soul and what a musician’s life is like in this story. That was so informative and enjoyable to me, since I love music. I believe the core of the story is about self-forgiveness and living “your” best life. I think that might be the bravest thing to do. To live the life you want and to be strong enough to achieve the goals you desire.I highly recommend this book! It will be released on July 7, 2020.I am a huge fan of this author’s work and I think this is a wonderful addition to her collection. I want to thank Kerry Lonsdale and NetGalley for giving me the immense pleasure of being an advance reader. My review is my own opinion not influenced by receiving the ARC.
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  • Sherri Thacker
    January 1, 1970
    This story tells a tale about 2 people who meet in a diner and they drive across the country along Route 66 over 10 days with a bucket list of things to check off along the way. A very different story and a wonderful break from all the psychological thrillers Ive been reading lately. I fell in love with the characters, the story line, all of it! Cannot wait for her next book in 2021. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this early release in exchange for my honest review. This story tells a tale about 2 people who meet in a diner and they drive across the country along Route 66 over 10 days with a bucket list of things to check off along the way. A very different story and a wonderful break from all the psychological thrillers I’ve been reading lately. I fell in love with the characters, the story line, all of it! Cannot wait for her next book in 2021. Thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for this early release in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Carol Boyer
    January 1, 1970
    If you read this book, hold your breath - you are in for an incredible joy ride!! This story is full of mesmerizing heart wrenching emotions,....joy, sorrow, secrets, and guilty pleasures leaving your heart pounding. Joy Evers is on her way to meet her fiance Mark but a chance encounter at a diner with rock star Dylan Westfield, changes her plans. They agree to share the ride together, across country in her new convertible. There are rules - what happens on route 66, stays on route 66. There are If you read this book, hold your breath - you are in for an incredible joy ride!! This story is full of mesmerizing heart wrenching emotions,....joy, sorrow, secrets, and guilty pleasures leaving your heart pounding. Joy Evers is on her way to meet her fiance Mark but a chance encounter at a diner with rock star Dylan Westfield, changes her plans. They agree to share the ride together, across country in her new convertible. There are rules - what happens on route 66, stays on route 66. There are many - "What if's" that keeps the suspense increasing. I can't say enough about how many of my own memories filled my senses reading this book. I felt like I was feeling the sun and breeze on my shoulders singing along...as if I were riding along with them! Kerry Lonsdale is an amazing author !! This book has filled my heart - I wish I could give it more than 5 stars....I think it is her best one yet. I absolutely loved this story!
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  • Lori Palmer (Palmer's Page Turners)
    January 1, 1970
    I've read all of Kerry's books, and this book is by far my absolute favorite. Everything you expect from a Kerry Lonsdale novel is in this book--fantastic characters, great setting, a story that draws you in so much that you can't put the book down--but this one really stands out. I absolutely loved Joy and Dylan. I felt their connection, and I even felt like I was on the road trip with them. I loved all the music references and "side trips" along the way. The character development and depth to I've read all of Kerry's books, and this book is by far my absolute favorite. Everything you expect from a Kerry Lonsdale novel is in this book--fantastic characters, great setting, a story that draws you in so much that you can't put the book down--but this one really stands out. I absolutely loved Joy and Dylan. I felt their connection, and I even felt like I was on the road trip with them. I loved all the music references and "side trips" along the way. The character development and depth to these characters made them so easy to relate to, and get attached to! I felt like Joy and Dylan were real people. It was so hard to put the book down and even harder once I finished the book because I didn't want to leave these characters.Kerry expertly alternated between time periods in this book. This format can be hit or miss for me and Kerry absolutely nailed it. The book includes flashbacks, the road trip itself, and the years after the road trip and it will all tug at your heart. It's such a beautiful story that will leave you emotional and thinking about the story long after you finish the book. More than a love story, this book is about forgiving yourself, making peace with the past, taking chances, and asking, what if? This is hands down Kerry's best book yet--and deserves all the stars!Thank you to Kerry Lonsdale and Lake Union Publishing for my copy of this book in exchange for my honest review as part of Team Side Trip.
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  • Beth Martinez
    January 1, 1970
    Wow! This is Kerry Lonsdales best writing yet! Every book I read I think that she cant write a book I like better, happily I continue to be wrong! I loved Joy and Dylan! I loved that I could actually feel the emotions that Kerry was portraying through her characters! There was so much Joy reading this, tears as well (you will experience these emotions too I promise)! I just cannot recommend Kerry as an author more! If you are reading this, take a Side Trip with her other books she has written as Wow! This is Kerry Lonsdale’s best writing yet! Every book I read I think that she can’t write a book I like better, happily I continue to be wrong! I loved Joy and Dylan! I loved that I could actually feel the emotions that Kerry was portraying through her characters! There was so much “Joy” reading this, tears as well (you will experience these emotions too I promise)! I just cannot recommend Kerry as an author more! If you are reading this, take a “Side Trip” with her other books she has written as well! You won’t be sorry!
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  • Melissa Borsey
    January 1, 1970
    I declare this book to be one of the greatest books of 2020! I fell in love with Joy and Dylan throughout this captivating story that has all the feels! I love being apart of the Tiki Lounge and I thank Kerry Lonsdale for the opportunity to read and review this amazing book! Highly recommend!
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  • Amber Cowie
    January 1, 1970
    Kerry Lonsdale is so gifted at finding the light in the flaws of her character and the joy within the sadness of their lives. I was captivated over each mile they travelled, riveted during the poignant moments and astounded by the profound conclusion. A magical tour de force with an ending that will blow you away.
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  • Agnes (BeaderBubbe)
    January 1, 1970
    With her deceased sisters Route 66 bucket list in hand, California girl Joy Evers sets out on a cross-country road trip to meet up with her fiancé, checking off the bullets along the way.Having done this exact trip I relished the thought of going over all the great sites that Joy experienced. Unlike her, I didnt hook up with a Dylan for that journey. This great story covers sadness, joyfulness and love and romance. Joy picks up this hitchhiker going the same route after his car dies. But what With her deceased sister’s Route 66 bucket list in hand, California girl Joy Evers sets out on a cross-country road trip to meet up with her fiancé, checking off the bullets along the way.Having done this exact trip I relished the thought of going over all the great sites that Joy experienced. Unlike her, I didnt hook up with a Dylan for that journey. This great story covers sadness, joyfulness and love and romance. Joy picks up this hitchhiker going the same route after his car dies. But what she didnt bargain for was the feelings she had for him, the secrets they kept from each other or the unbelievable ending of this trip.I loved the twists and turns this book had but nothing in the book beat the ending. It completely blew me away. Through laughter and tears, this book needs to be on your TBR list. Thanks to #Netgalley for this ARC, #SideTrip is another great Lonsdale read. #KindleUnlimited#fourstars
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  • Lynn
    January 1, 1970
    5* What If StarsWhile reading the story of Joy and Dylan my emotions were all over the place, one minute I was laughing, and the next ugly tears were leaking down my cheek.Dylan and Joy meet at a Diner on her road trip to New York where she is to meet up with her fiancé and start her new job. She is travelling solo along Route 66 and fulfilling her deceased sisters bucket list. When Dylans car breaks down, he convinces her, that with him tagging along to New York, it will be a road trip to 5* “What If” StarsWhile reading the story of Joy and Dylan my emotions were all over the place, one minute I was laughing, and the next ugly tears were leaking down my cheek.Dylan and Joy meet at a Diner on her road trip to New York where she is to meet up with her fiancé and start her new job. She is travelling solo along Route 66 and fulfilling her deceased sisters bucket list. When Dylan’s car breaks down, he convinces her, that with him tagging along to New York, it will be a road trip to remember and the best side trips she will ever experience. During their 10-day journey, family secrets are shared and their feelings for each other grow.This story is about forgiveness and taking chances you never planned. It is about taking decisions that are right for you and not for others. It is a book that will keep you thinking, what if, if only!Kerry has written such a beautiful and unforgettable story with characters you will fall in love with. I absolutely loved this book and will be reading it over again as there is so much to learn and absorb.I have yet to read a book by Kerry that is not 5 Stars.Many thanks to the Author and NetGalley for my copy to read and review. All thoughts are my own.
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  • Anne
    January 1, 1970
    All I can say is WOW! I went from reading a book about gang violence to this sweet romance that left me teary-eyed as I ran through the gamut of emotions that only a very powerful novel can evoke. Having loved Lonsdale's previous books. I knew I was in for a great story but this one has so many surprises! Joy is on a road trip down Highway 66 when she meets Dylan whose car has broken down and needs a ride. Both are attracted to each other but Joy is engaged and so they agree to several All I can say is WOW! I went from reading a book about gang violence to this sweet romance that left me teary-eyed as I ran through the gamut of emotions that only a very powerful novel can evoke. Having loved Lonsdale's previous books. I knew I was in for a great story but this one has so many surprises! Joy is on a road trip down Highway 66 when she meets Dylan whose car has broken down and needs a ride. Both are attracted to each other but Joy is engaged and so they agree to several conditions that will keep them both "safe." But of course each of them harbors painful secrets about their pasts that will tug at your heart strings. As they take several "side trips" on their journey, we witness grief, sorrow, heartbreak, passion, and ultimately the power of redemption. Keep your tissues handy for this one!Thanks to NetGalley for this ARC!
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  • Donna Beiderman
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Side tripKelly LonsdaleRelease date 7-11-20What a beautiful story chock filled with resentment, forgiveness, love and loss. This may officially be the best book of 2020 that I read. We follow Dylan and Joy who meet and travel across country together. They are both jaded, and have secrets they are not quite ready to share. Joy is a women I could easily relate to and would love to have in my corner. She is at a crossroad, she is heartbroken and needs to find her way, she is devastated at what ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Side tripKelly LonsdaleRelease date 7-11-20What a beautiful story chock filled with resentment, forgiveness, love and loss. This may officially be the best book of 2020 that I read. We follow Dylan and Joy who meet and travel across country together. They are both jaded, and have secrets they are not quite ready to share. Joy is a women I could easily relate to and would love to have in my corner. She is at a crossroad, she is heartbroken and needs to find her way, she is devastated at what life has handed her..... Dylan also has turmoil in his life and trying to work through it and figure out his own path. Their lives intersect at a very pivotal time. The characters become alive, I found myself wondering what if..... many times during the book. I believe in destiny and think certain people come in and out of you life with a true purpose. Kerry Lonsdale does not disappoint. She makes you question falling in love so quickly while also questioning timing. Can love last when you are broken? Such a moving story that will stay with me for a long time. Go into this book blind, I found it complex and would NEVER of guessed the ending. A romantic read filled with suspense and a longing to believe everything happens for a reason. Thank you the NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for providing me the ARC for my honest review of It Side [email protected]@donna64619247Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1...Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pg/donnasnot...#goodreads #NetGalley #lakeunion publishing #kellylonsdale #sidetrip#advancedreaderscopy #bookstagram #booklover #bookworm #booknerds #booksofinstagram #booklife #bookreviewer #bookofthemonth #bookbub #bookclub #bookclubs #bookclubbook #ilovereading #bookaholic #bookaddict #bookadvisor #betweenthechapters #goodreadsgiveaway #100bookchallenge #readacrossinstagram #readingnook
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  • Barbara Schultz
    January 1, 1970
    Side Trip by Author Kerry Lonsdale 4 + I am very stingy with stars and give very few 5 star reviews. My favorite genre is psychological thrillers but there are times that I am in the mood for a nice romance. Story is told before and after a 10 day road trip across country. Joy is traveling to New York from California to be with her fiancé, Mark and also to carry out her dead sister Judys Route 66 ~Bucket List" Which includes: Drive across the country in a convertible Do something I always wanted Side Trip by Author Kerry Lonsdale 4 + I am very stingy with stars and give very few 5 star reviews. My favorite genre is psychological thrillers but there are times that I am in the mood for a nice romance. Story is told before and after a 10 day road trip across country. Joy is traveling to New York from California to be with her fiancé, Mark and also to carry out her dead sister Judy’s “Route 66 ~Bucket List" Which includes:• Drive across the country in a convertible• Do something I always wanted to do • Do something spontaneous.• Do something daring• Do something dangerous• Sleep under the stars• Fall in love.Joy and Dylan meet in a diner. When Dylan’s car breaks down and since they are heading in the same direction, Joy gives Dylan a ride.They agree that Joy will drive and Dylan will pay for gas ~ additional 3 rules:1. No last names.2. Whatever happens on the road ~ stays on the road.3. If one wants to take a side trip ~ both need to agree. Early in the novel I was fearful that Dylan’s nasty language was going to be a challenge for my low tolerance. Have to admit Dylan’s nasty language was in character!I was also fearful that Joy and Dylan’s relationship was going to be sort of a Stockholm or Helsinki Syndrome”. Although not a bond between captive and captor but two people with no previous connection are together for 10 days sharing secrets. It seemed to me that a very personal relationship was going to happen.There were times I wanted to shake Joy. Her relationship with fiancé Mark was never going to make it as long as Joy kept secrets from him and continued to lead the life of her sister.The story certainly kept me curious as to what Joy was going to do. Trust me you, too will be thinking “What if”?I look forward to author, Kerry Lansdale’s next novel “ No More Words” the first in a new series available summer 2021. Want to thank NetGalley and Lake Union Publishers for this early release granted in exchange for an honest review.
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  • Karen Porto Davis
    January 1, 1970
    I was fortunate to receive an advanced reader's copy of this book from Kerry Lonsdale. I devoured the book in two days. It would have been one, if obligations in life hadn't gotten in the way. The prevailing theme in the book is "What If". How many times have we asked ourselves just that question? ***Semi-Spoiler Alert***Joy and Dylan take a 10 day road trip - starting out as complete strangers, becoming so much more. Sometimes it's the complete stranger that allows us to open up about I was fortunate to receive an advanced reader's copy of this book from Kerry Lonsdale. I devoured the book in two days. It would have been one, if obligations in life hadn't gotten in the way. The prevailing theme in the book is "What If". How many times have we asked ourselves just that question? ***Semi-Spoiler Alert***Joy and Dylan take a 10 day road trip - starting out as complete strangers, becoming so much more. Sometimes it's the complete stranger that allows us to open up about ourselves, sharing details when "what happens in the car stays in the car". I love how Kerry makes us love these two characters through their faults and struggles. Joy, grappling with the death of her sister and the guilt she feels that compels her to try to live her sister's life for her. Dylan, who feels he's doomed to repeat the relationship errors of his father and battles with a performer's nightmare - stage fright. There's a huge twist towards the end of the book that brought this reader to tears because of the bond I felt with these characters.The story, set on Route 66, in a convertible Beetle, with a musical theme just feels fun. I'd love to hop in the car and make my way across the country - taking a side trip here and there. So happy to have gotten to experience this Side Trip!
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  • Donna Beiderman
    January 1, 1970
    ⭐⭐⭐⭐⭐Side tripKelly LonsdaleRelease date 7-11-20What a beautiful story chock filled with resentment, forgiveness, love and loss. This may officially be the best book of 2020 that I read. We follow Dylan and Joy who meet and travel across country together. They are both jaded, and have secrets they are not quite ready to share. Joy is a women I could easily relate to and would love to have in my corner. She is at a crossroad, she is heartbroken and needs to find her way, she is devastated at what ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️Side tripKelly LonsdaleRelease date 7-11-20What a beautiful story chock filled with resentment, forgiveness, love and loss. This may officially be the best book of 2020 that I read. We follow Dylan and Joy who meet and travel across country together. They are both jaded, and have secrets they are not quite ready to share. Joy is a women I could easily relate to and would love to have in my corner. She is at a crossroad, she is heartbroken and needs to find her way, she is devastated at what life has handed her..... Dylan also has turmoil in his life and trying to work through it and figure out his own path. Their lives intersect at a very pivotal time. The characters become alive, I found myself wondering what if..... many times during the book. I believe in destiny and think certain people come in and out of you life with a true purpose. Kerry Lonsdale does not disappoint. She makes you question falling in love so quickly while also questioning timing. Can love last when you are broken? Such a moving story that will stay with me for a long time. Go into this book blind, I found it complex and would NEVER of guessed the ending. A romantic read filled with suspense and a longing to believe everything happens for a reason. Thank you the NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for providing me the ARC for my honest review of It Side [email protected]@donna64619247Goodreads https://www.goodreads.com/user/show/1...Facebook https://www.facebook.com/pg/donnasnot...#goodreads #NetGalley #lakeunion publishing #kellylonsdale #sidetrip#advancedreaderscopy #bookstagram #booklover #bookworm #booknerds #booksofinstagram #booklife #bookreviewer #bookofthemonth #bookbub #bookclub #bookclubs #bookclubbook #ilovereading #bookaholic #bookaddict #bookadvisor #betweenthechapters #goodreadsgiveaway #100bookchallenge #readacrossinstagram #readingnook
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  • Lainey Cameron
    January 1, 1970
    Im a big fan of Kerry Lonsdales storytelling and, in my opinion, this is her best yet; a story of hope, living with guilt, and the true cost of lost chances.Joy and Dylan both have good reasons not to fall in love, but sometimes the universe pushes us into situations were not ready for, and its up to us how the rest of the story unfurls. What if you met someone who might be the right one for you, but at the wrong time, under the wrong circumstances. Would you follow through with the opportunity I’m a big fan of Kerry Lonsdale’s storytelling and, in my opinion, this is her best yet; a story of hope, living with guilt, and the true cost of lost chances.Joy and Dylan both have good reasons not to fall in love, but sometimes the universe pushes us into situations we’re not ready for, and it’s up to us how the rest of the story unfurls. What if you met someone who might be the right one for you, but at the wrong time, under the wrong circumstances. Would you follow through with the opportunity through, or let it go?If you enjoy books about the twists of fate, this is among the best of them. I finished it thinking ‘wow what an ending’ , admiring Kerry’s craftsmanship as a writer, and stopping to question: Am I personally living my best life, and making the best choices I can, right now, today?An enjoyable read that leaves you satisfied, but also makes you stop and think - to me that’s that’s the role of true literature. I predict this book , including its ending, will surprise and delight you, as it did me.
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  • Jennifer Newell
    January 1, 1970
    Side Trip is Fantastic unforgettable story! Take a ride on Route66 from California to New York. This is a journey you will not want to miss. Joy has her sisters Route 66 bucket list and she plans to take this cross-country road trip to honor her deceased sister Judy, by doing it Judys way. She is determined to check off the bullet items along the way.Dylan is a singer-songwriter whose car breaks down at a diner where he meets Joy. He is everything she is not moody, spontaneous and has a belief Side Trip is Fantastic unforgettable story! Take a ride on Route66 from California to New York. This is a journey you will not want to miss. Joy has her sister’s Route 66 bucket list and she plans to take this cross-country road trip to honor her deceased sister Judy, by doing it Judy’s way. She is determined to check off the bullet items along the way.Dylan is a singer-songwriter whose car breaks down at a diner where he meets Joy. He is everything she is not moody, spontaneous and has a belief that love relationships are complicated. They agree that Joy will drive him to New York and he will pay for gas. And 3 rules; no last names; what happens on the road stays on the road and if one of them wants to take a side trip they must both agree. This story is about family secrets and how they can take you on unexpected routes. This love story will have you laughing, crying and screaming at the characters to make other choices. What if you took the risk to live your best life? I loved this book. I can not stop thinking about it. It will be a book you will want to read again and again. Thank you Netgalley for my complimentary copy. The thoughts and opinions are my own!
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  • Carla Suto
    January 1, 1970
    SIDE TRIP by Kerry Lonsdale is a beautifully-written and heart-wrenching story of family, loss and love that held me captive from beginning to end. I simply could not put this book down! Still haunted by the tragic death of her sister, Judy, Joy sets off on a cross-country trip from California to New York following Route 66 with the plan of crossing off all the things on her sisters bucket list. Her fiancé, Mark and her new life await her once she reaches New York. Not long into her trip, while SIDE TRIP by Kerry Lonsdale is a beautifully-written and heart-wrenching story of family, loss and love that held me captive from beginning to end. I simply could not put this book down! Still haunted by the tragic death of her sister, Judy, Joy sets off on a cross-country trip from California to New York following Route 66 with the plan of crossing off all the things on her sister’s bucket list. Her fiancé, Mark and her new life await her once she reaches New York. Not long into her trip, while stopped at a diner, she meets Dylan Westfield, a singer and songwriter who happens to be traveling the same route as Joy. Against her better judgment, she allows Dylan to travel with her, but there is a catch. They agree they will go their separate ways when they reach New York. They also agree not to exchange last names and not to share the details of their trip (and side-trips) with anyone. What follows is a heart-wrenching and emotional journey filled with suspense, romance and plenty of drama. The story is told over a period of ten years from both Joy and Dylan’s point of view, alternating seamlessly between the time before and after their 10-day trip, finally arriving in the present. I loved the characters and the music theme throughout the book. SIDE TRIP is an unforgettable story that I can’t recommend highly enough! Thank you to the author, publisher and NetGalley for the honor of reading an early copy.
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  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    This is not my usual type of book. Its essentially a love story, but its also not in the old style of chic-lit either. Newly engaged Joy is solo-journeying Route 66, following her dead sisters bucket list when she meets Dylan. In a way, you can guess the outcome, and you wouldnt be wrong, but there is a twist. The twist makes the book satisfying, and it made me laugh and cry along the way. The author switches between before and after throughout the book, and also between Joy and Dylans side. This is not my usual type of book. It’s essentially a love story, but it’s also not in the old style of chic-lit either. Newly engaged Joy is solo-journeying Route 66, following her dead sisters bucket list when she meets Dylan. In a way, you can guess the outcome, and you wouldn’t be wrong, but there is a twist. The twist makes the book satisfying, and it made me laugh and cry along the way. The author switches between before and after throughout the book, and also between Joy and Dylan’s side. This is my first full read since the UK Coronavirus lockdown. My usual style is psychological thrillers, having moved away from love stories a long while ago. But to be honest, this was just perfect to read for me right now. A little escapism, and I really enjoyed it, reading half of it in one afternoon/evening. It’s not fluffy. It’s not a travel book (shame as I’d hoped for more Route 66 insight, but hey ho!). But it is very enjoyable. A solid 4.5 stars. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Suzanne
    January 1, 1970
    This is not my usual type of book. Its essentially a love story, but its also not in the old style of chic-lit either. Newly engaged Joy is solo-journeying Route 66, following her dead sisters bucket list when she meets Dylan. In a way, you can guess the outcome, and you wouldnt be wrong, but there is a twist. The twist makes the book satisfying, and it made me laugh and cry along the way. The author switches between before and after throughout the book, and also between Joy and Dylans side. This is not my usual type of book. It’s essentially a love story, but it’s also not in the old style of chic-lit either. Newly engaged Joy is solo-journeying Route 66, following her dead sisters bucket list when she meets Dylan. In a way, you can guess the outcome, and you wouldn’t be wrong, but there is a twist. The twist makes the book satisfying, and it made me laugh and cry along the way. The author switches between before and after throughout the book, and also between Joy and Dylan’s side. This is my first full read since the UK Coronavirus lockdown. My usual style is psychological thrillers, having moved away from love stories a long while ago. But to be honest, this was just perfect to read for me right now. A little escapism, and I really enjoyed it, reading half of it in one afternoon/evening. It’s not fluffy. It’s not a travel book (shame as I’d hoped for more Route 66 insight, but hey ho!). But it is very enjoyable. A solid 4.5 stars. Thank you to the publisher and Netgalley for my ARC in exchange for my honest review.
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  • Laurie
    January 1, 1970
    I have been a huge fan of Kerry since I stumbled upon her books on Amazon. I've not missed one. I love her and her fantastic mind. But to date, THIS IS THE BOOK! This is the book that hit every sensory nerve in my body. Joy and Dylan will take everything you thought you knew about life and living, shake it up and sprinkle your thoughts everywhere. Joy takes a trip to rid herself of guilt about her sisters death. Dylan is following his father's exact steps to stardom, albeit unwillingly.They meet I have been a huge fan of Kerry since I stumbled upon her books on Amazon. I've not missed one. I love her and her fantastic mind. But to date, THIS IS THE BOOK! This is the book that hit every sensory nerve in my body. Joy and Dylan will take everything you thought you knew about life and living, shake it up and sprinkle your thoughts everywhere. Joy takes a trip to rid herself of guilt about her sisters death. Dylan is following his father's exact steps to stardom, albeit unwillingly.They meet at a diner on Route 66 and take a chance. They take chance at things they never saw coming. They take the best side trips that mold them into the people they never thought they could be. But what happens when fate takes over? What happens when you take the comfortable step in life instead of taking a chance? So much heartache, so much loss, so much wasted time. If you're daring and want to break some rules, take a chance....Take some time to take a Side Trip with Joy, Dylan (and Kerry) It will leave you pondering some decisions you've made and question so many "what if's".
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  • Kerrie Kelly
    January 1, 1970
    Omg!Kerry has done it again.Ive laughed, Ive cried (big fat ugly tears) and I have loved every minute of this journey..Joy is travelling Route 66 to complete her dead sister Judys bucket list, before moving to New York to marry her fiancé Mark. She plans to cross of all the things Judy wanted to do in her memory.Stooping at a roadside cafe she meets Dylan ,who is travelling the same route performing in various venues on the way. After hs car breaks down she agrees to give him a lift, as long as Omg!Kerry has done it again.I’ve laughed, I’ve cried (big fat ugly tears) and I have loved every minute of this journey..Joy is travelling Route 66 to complete her dead sister Judy’s bucket list, before moving to New York to marry her fiancé Mark. She plans to cross of all the things Judy wanted to do in her memory.Stooping at a roadside cafe she meets Dylan ,who is travelling the same route performing in various venues on the way. After hs car breaks down she agrees to give him a lift, as long as they agree to 3 rules: No last names, Whatever happens on the road stays on the road, and if one of them wants to take a side trip they both have to agree. They spend the next 10 days together before separating at JFK.The story is told in both Joy and Dylan’s perspectives and weaves brilliantly between before and afterI would highly recommend. I’ve also loved listening to the Side Trip playlist that accompanies this bookThanks go to Kerry and her Team Side Trip And Netgalley for the opportunity to read an early copy of this book
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