The Road Leads Back

· Stonehill Series Book 1 · Pink Sand Press
40 reviews
57% price drop on Sep 1

About this ebook

Second chance romance please!

Sometimes the only place left to go is home.

Kara Martinson always thought her high school crush was out of her league, but they did share one night she’s never been able to forget. Nearly three decades after being disowned by her parents and forced to raise her son on her own, Kara’s made it—her art is being toasted at a gallery opening. Even better, she and her son are finally on stable ground. Until Mr. One-Night Stand himself crashes her party.


Harry Canton always knew Kara would make it as an artist. Almost thirty years after high school, he still considers her the one that got away. But the surprise reunion doesn’t quite go to plan when Harry discovers he left her with more than just memories when he went away to college. Desperate to connect with the family he never knew existed, Harry convinces his son to move cross country for a fresh start with his father—and pleads with Kara to come home, too.

Kara hasn’t stepped foot in their hometown since the day she was sent away. But her son desperately wants the father he never had and denying him that may cost her everything. Can love heal old heartaches so Harry and Kara can have a second chance at the future they were robbed of so long ago? Or will the pain of the past be too much to face?

The Road Leads Back can be read as a standalone which is part of an overarching six book Stonehill Series. It is a sweet, second chance, small town romance from your new favorite author Marci Bolden. If a charming, sweet second chance romance story that reconnects hero and heroine after years and years apart sounds like your idea of a good time . . . this book is for you! Guaranteed HEA & No Cheating.

What readers are saying about The Road Leads Back: 

“This is a heartfelt tale of second, and third, chances. Kara and Harry liked each other when they were in school together, but were both too shy to approach or tell one another. They spent one night together that irrevocably changed Kara's life. Instead of college, she was homeless and sent to a community for unwed mothers. She learned to survive and raise her son, Phil. Twenty-seven years later, Harry reunites with Kara and is floored by the news he missed his son's life. Harry wants to reconnect and convinces Kara and Phil to return to her hometown. The hometown she never returned to after being forced away and hurt by those adults in whom she should have had support. Everyone has much to be angry about and no one can seem to keep their tempers. Read this journey through the pain, anger, and maybe enough forgiveness for those third chances.” (5/5) – Coral Mitchell

“The Road Leads Back is the first book I've read from this author and most certainly won't be the last. I absolutely LOVED. THIS. BOOK! The book … hooks you fast. It was nothing that I expected it to be. I loved it because it was unique… and very believable…There were so many twists that it kept me engaged throughout the whole book. … This book stayed with me long after I finished.” (5/5) – Itsy Bitsy Book Bits of

“[Marci’s] writing talent shines with her sweet romance The Road Leads Back. This all-too-true storyline evolves through vivid description and masterly written character development. The Road Leads Back gives us an in-depth view of the joys of love and what it really takes to find happiness. I recommend this book, even if you aren’t a romance reader.” (5/5) – Sloane Taylor of (Author of French Tart, French Twist, French Delight, and 28 other works.)

Ratings and reviews

40 reviews
Becky Baldridge
April 13, 2019
The Road Leads Back is a second chance, secret baby romance that took twenty-eight years to happen. In fact, that's one of my favorite things about this book - these characters are approaching fifty when they get their second chance at love, and contrary to what many think, they're not much better at traversing that path than anyone else. This story is emotional on so many levels with so much past hurt between Kara and Harry and their families, some of which only comes to light in the present. For a lot of the book, this pair seems to take two steps back for every one step forward, which made it an exercise in frustration at times, but life is so often that way, and frustrated or not, I was completely wrapped up in this family. In the end, the romance is sweet and eventually hopeful, but it's more than just another romance. This is a story about how deeply past hurts can run, especially when they're at the hands of those we trust the most, and the long, winding road back to finally letting go and moving on.
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Pennie Morgan
April 10, 2019
This was my first book by this author but definitely not the last! Kara and Harry had a one-night stand and when Harry left for college Kara was left with more than just memories. When she went to Harry's mom she was turned away and ended up across the country and now almost 3o years later Harry has discovered he is a father of a grown son. Kara is an accomplished artist and has raised their son, Phil, who is also a father of a 7-year-old daughter, and when Harry shows up and wants to get to know his son and get re-acquainted with "the one who got away" he convinces Phil to move and wants Kara to "come home." This is a beautifully written story full of healing and heart. Don't miss this one! **Received this ARC for review from the publisher via NetGalley**
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Kay Lidberg
January 3, 2020
What an amazing story! The people are so real you can reach out and touch them. I cried a lot. Couldn't put it down. So overwhelmed, can't put into words how I feel at the moment. Haven't been affected by a story like this for a very long time. Well done!
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About the author

As a teen, Marci Bolden skipped over young adult books and jumped right into reading romance novels. She never left. Marci lives in the Midwest with her husband, kiddos, and numerous rescue pets. If she had an ounce of willpower, Marci would embrace healthy living, but until cupcakes and wine are no longer available at the local market, she will appease her guilt by reading self-help books and promising to join a gym “soon.”

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