Review: The Road to You by Marilyn Brant

The Road to You by Marilyn Brant

Sometimes the only road to the truth…is one you’ve never taken.

Until I found Gideon’s journal in the tool shed — locked in the cedar box where I’d once hidden my old diary — I’d been led to believe my brother was dead. But the contents of his journal changed all that.

The Road to Discovery…
Two years ago, Aurora Gray’s world turned upside down when her big brother Gideon and his best friend Jeremy disappeared. Now, during the summer of her 18th birthday, she unexpectedly finds her brother’s journal and sees that it’s been written in again. Recently. By him.

The Road to Danger…
There are secret messages coded within the journal’s pages. Aurora, who’s unusually perceptive and a natural puzzle solver, is hell bent on following where they lead, no matter what the cost. She confides in the only person she feels can help her interpret the clues: Donovan McCafferty, Jeremy’s older brother and a guy she’s always been drawn to — even against her better judgment.

The Road to You…
Reluctantly, Donovan agrees to go with her and, together, they set out on a road trip of discovery and danger, hoping to find their lost brothers and the answers to questions they’ve never dared to ask aloud.

In that expectant space between silence and melody, our trip began…

I received The Road to You from Marilyn Brant via AToMR Tours in exchange for an honest review.

The Road to You is so good! Determined to finally find out what’s happened to her brother and his best friend Jeremy, missing for two years, Aurora enlists the help of Jeremy’s brother. The pair sets out on a road trip — ostensibly a college scouting trip — that leads them from Minnesota to Arizona (via Wisconsin and Chicago) on Route 66. Along the way they meet people who can help them and people who are set on hurting them as they work to find the answers they and their parents deserve.

I love that The Road to You is set in the late 1970s, which makes things a whole lot harder than the 2013 version would be. Aurora and Donovan can’t just Google hotels, landmarks, and information — or call upon their GPS-enabled smartphones to get them from one place to another. They have to rely on libraries, phone books, and folded paper maps to find what they need.

Aurora and Donovan are both likeable characters, which is a good thing because so much time is spent on the road with just the two of them. The mystery of what happened to Gideon and Jeremy is exciting and kept me wondering right up until the very end. I didn’t want to put The Road to You down until I’d finished it, and when I did have to put it down, I often would find myself wondering what would happen next.

The Road to You is a satisfying YA/NA mystery with a touch of romance. The cover is a little misleading. The romance is not nearly as prevalent as the cover would have you believe. There are hints of it, with attraction between the two main characters lurking in the background the whole time, but it’s not the focus until the very end. That’s another thing I like about The Road to You. Aurora and Donovan are in a lot of danger for most of the book and spending too much time on romance would have been distracting and possibly would have led them to to let their guards down.

4 stars

About the Author

Marilyn BrantMarilyn Brant is a national bestselling and award-winning author of contemporary fiction. For Kensington Books, she wrote ACCORDING TO JANE, a new adult contemporary that won RWA’s Golden Heart Award, as well as the Aspen Gold and Booksellers’ Best; FRIDAY MORNINGS AT NINE, a Doubleday Book Club and Book-of-the-Month Club pick in women’s fiction; and A SUMMER IN EUROPE, a romantic women’s fiction story featured by the Literary Guild and BOMC2, as well as by the Rhapsody Book Club, where it was Top 20 Bestseller in “Fiction & Literature.”

She’s also a #1 Kindle Bestseller and has written a series of fun and flirty contemporary romantic comedies, including ON ANY GIVEN SUNDAE and PRIDE, PREJUDICE AND THE PERFECT MATCH, both of which were Amazon and B&N Top 100 bestselling novels. She was recently named the 2013 Illinois Author of the Year by the Illinois Association of Teachers of English and lives in the northern Chicago suburbs with her family. She’s a big fan of travel, music and chocolate of all varieties, but she’s not so fond of celery or snakes. Or doing laundry.

Website // Blog/“Brant Flakes” // Facebook // Twitter // Goodreads


  1. Thanks so much for taking the time to read and review my new novel :).
    I really enjoyed getting to hear your thoughts on the story!

  2. Oh this sounds like an interesting mystery novel. Usually a cover like that would put me off because it does seem as though the romance aspect would take centre stage, but now I know it doesn’t I have added it to my TBR list 🙂
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  3. Why is it that people love misleading us with steamy covers? Hahahaha. I remember reading a book whose cover is that of two teens nosegrazing. And I dove into the book thinking that I’ll be reading a YA contemporary romance only to find out that it’s more of a familial story.

    Anyway, that’s under the bridge now. Let’s talk about this book. I love the premise of this book even if, let’s just say, overused in the mystery genre. Based on your review, I think the author constructed the plot with intricacy so as to keep the readers guessing on what really happened to Gideon and Jeremy. With mystery books nowadays, it is very rare to come across one that would keep yourself wondering to the end. And I am glad that this book was able to extricate itself from the usual predictable mystery trope.

    And yay to the romance! I am happy that this book didn’t fall into the bandwagon of horrible romances. But still, I want that cover changed.

    Thanks for the great review, Jenna!
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