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To Get to You
by Joanne Bischof
(reviewed for EIR by Serena Chase)
What it's about:
(from publisher Mason Jar Books)
To get to the girl he loves, Riley Kane must head off on a road trip with the father he never knew.
Then pray for a miracle.
Most teens would love to have a pro surfer for a dad. Just not Riley. Abandoned as a kid, he hates the sound of the ocean and the man who gave himself to it.
When the eighteen-year-old learns that his best friend is stranded at a New Mexico hospital as her father fights for his life, Riley hits the highway to head east. But when his Jeep breaks down before he even leaves California, he must rely on the one man he despises to get to the girl who needs him the most. And when it comes to the surfer with the Volkswagen van and dog-eared map, a thousand miles may–or may not–be enough to heal the past.
A story of new beginnings and second chances.
What makes this novel worth the reading:
To be honest, I entered this novel expecting much more romance than what the story actually contained, but you know what? I didn't miss it. While it's true that Riley and his girl don't spend much page-time actually being together--even though she is always, always on his mind *sweetness*--you never doubt he is being driven by love. But when the story begins, Riley has already fallen for the girl, and it's pretty clear (though subtly) that she feels the same. Yes, he must get to her, but it is the journey--and the company on it--that makes the story (and it's not a girl, by the way, in that old VW. It's two middle-aged surfer dudes and Riley.)
Yes, this could be considered a romance, I suppose, but that label would miss the point, I think. To Get to You is much more of a story of reconciliation--of hope and healing. And I highly recommend it.
CONTENT: EDGY for inspy
STORY: 4.5 STARS