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THE ROAD TO HOPE de Rachael Johns
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THE ROAD TO HOPE

de Rachael Johns

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Bestselling author Rachael Johns takes you back to Hope Junction and the characters from Jilted. Nurse Lauren Simpson is known in Hope Junction for the wrong reasons - and she's over it. Watching the man she's always loved marry someone else is the last straw - she decides to get out of Hope. But her resolve is tested when the hot new locum doctor arrives in town. Doctor Tom Lewis also has skeletons in his closet - including a painful breakup and devastating family news. He's hit the road with his vintage ute and surfboard, to travel the outback and live in the moment. When Tom and Lauren meet the attraction is instant, but for Lauren Tom threatens to be just another fling and Tom has his own reasons for hesitating. Everyone else - their friends and patients - can see how perfect they are together, but just what will it take for them to admit this to themselves? A brand new Hope Junction story of fresh starts and second chances.… (més)
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Sometimes I have no idea what to read, despite a bulging bookshelf. Nothing seems to be quite what I feel like reading right now. But now I always keep a Rachael Johns book on head for those times. I know I’ll love her stories no matter what mood I’m in! Of course, The Road to Hope is no exception.

The story is a sequel of sorts to her first rural romance, Jilted. You can definitely read The Road to Hope as a standalone book, but if you want the extra bonus of seeing post-happily ever after of Ellie and Flynn, read Jilted first. If you’re familiar with Jilted, you’ll remember the “Nasty Nurse”, aka Lauren. She’s the one who threw herself at Flynn and failed miserably, as he was still pining for Ellie. Now it’s Lauren’s turn to get her happily ever after and for the reader to get inside the former villain’s head.

Lauren’s a modern girl, who likes sex and a good time. Unfortunately in the small country town of Hope Junction, all that she’s got from it is a bad reputation. Everyone knows that Lauren likes to ‘get around’ and a lot of the townspeople don’t like it. But Lauren’s sick of her label and determined to change. No good times, no men, no flings. She’ll see out the year in Hope Junction and move on as there is nothing keeping her there. Of course, her resolution has terrible timing as locum doctor Tom Lewis comes into town and straight into Lauren’s house. (It’s not what you’re thinking. He’s a friend of Lauren’s brother). There are definitely sparks between the pair, but Lauren’s determined to see her resolution through and Tom has his own reasons for not getting involved. Can they get it together, or will they miss their chance for happiness?

This is a fun story with some more serious messages. I found it interesting that nearly every older person in town chose to tell Tom that Lauren has a “reputation” – some meant as a friendly warning, some meant to suggest Tom looks past the rumours to see Lauren as a person. Lauren’s no saint, but she’s a damn good person who doesn’t deserve the slut shaming. Lauren’s good points come to the fore in this novel such as her willingness to spend time talking and caring for the elderly people in the nursing home beyond what’s required of her. She’s a bit lost and lonely, unsure of her next move. It’s disappointing that she was labelled this way by the townspeople, despite her many good points.

Another theme is looking after the elderly and treating them as people, seen repeatedly in the nursing home attached to the hospital. Both Lauren and Tom are willing to and enjoy spending time with the residents, painting nails, playing games and organising outings. They are not simply numbers in rooms to them, which I think can happen in bigger and busier institutions where care is secondary to rules and timetables. They care for the people and listen, right down to organising a special Christmas that is meaningful. How could the reader not love both of them after this?

And of course, there’s the romance. It’s sweet, hot, saucy and redeeming. Tom looks and acts like the perfect catch, but he has his own baggage. I won’t reveal what, but even doctors can get bogged down in the ‘what ifs’ and miss what’s starting them in the face. It takes Lauren to show Tom the bigger picture, while he shows her that a person is not a product of their past. Overall, The Road to Hope is a lovely tale of redemption that restored my faith in page-turners. I love how Rachael Johns gets into the characters’ heads and weaves a story that is realistic and hopeful.

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  birdsam0610 | Jul 29, 2017 |
In The Road to Hope, Rachael Johns revisits the small Western Australian town of Hope Springs featured in her debut novel, Jilted.

The Road to Hope opens at Flynn and Ellie's marriage ceremony with Lauren Simpson watching jealously from the pews. Still bitter about losing the love of her life, and tired of being fodder for the town gossips, Lauren decides it's time to start afresh, but the temptation of the locum doctor, Dr Tom Lewis, may be just too good for a bad girl to resist.

Lauren was cast as somewhat of a villain in Jilted, painted as petty and promiscuous, but Johns does an admirable job of redeeming her in The Road To Hope. We learn that Lauren's behaviour in large part stemmed from her unrequited crush on Flynn, and her promiscuity has been driven by a real desire for true love. As a nurse, Lauren proves she is also kind, capable and dedicated and it's these qualities that Johns draws out so that we find Lauren both a sympathetic and likeable heroine.

Tom Lewis is easy to like - a hot, surfing doctor traveling Australia in a vintage ute as a locum - but he has a devastating secret that complicates his life. He's attracted to Lauren, but he feels he can't consider anything more serious than a fling given his situation. Johns handles Lewis's dilemma well without minimising the reality of the situation.

I really enjoyed the chemistry and slow burn romance between Lauren and Tom. Despite their immediate sexual attraction, both have good reasons for refusing to acknowledge it. They develop a friendship which is really sweet, even with the undercurrent of heat and I was delighted by the way their relationship worked itself out.

It's not necessary to have read Jilted to read The Road to Hope but I enjoyed revisiting the town and people of Hope Springs. I read this in a matter of hours, enjoying the warmth, humour and romance of a this well written story. ( )
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Bestselling author Rachael Johns takes you back to Hope Junction and the characters from Jilted. Nurse Lauren Simpson is known in Hope Junction for the wrong reasons - and she's over it. Watching the man she's always loved marry someone else is the last straw - she decides to get out of Hope. But her resolve is tested when the hot new locum doctor arrives in town. Doctor Tom Lewis also has skeletons in his closet - including a painful breakup and devastating family news. He's hit the road with his vintage ute and surfboard, to travel the outback and live in the moment. When Tom and Lauren meet the attraction is instant, but for Lauren Tom threatens to be just another fling and Tom has his own reasons for hesitating. Everyone else - their friends and patients - can see how perfect they are together, but just what will it take for them to admit this to themselves? A brand new Hope Junction story of fresh starts and second chances.

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