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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Along the Road by Pat Wahler is the second entry in the contemporary romance series, Becker Family Novels, a story that reads well as a standalone. Yes, you don't need to have read the previous book in the series to enjoy this one. It is character-driven and has psychological depth. Readers encounter two strong characters who meet each other, a wannabe artist and an ER doctor, and the attraction is undeniable. But they are faced with challenges that make them doubt a future together.
Kat Becker sets out to pursue a music career in the most unlikely manner. A video of her singing at a local venue crystallizes her dream. Dr. Dan McDonald lives the life that was meant for someone else. His real dream lies elsewhere. These two characters look ordinary from the outside, but they are people with secret battles. From the moment Kat and Dan meet in the hospital, far from her home, I wanted to know what happens next. There is no rush in the way things develop between the two characters. They are testing the waters slowly, uncertain. The story is emotionally rich and it is interesting how the author allows the humanity of the characters to play in both the conflict and the dynamics of the relationship. Along the Road features excellent dialogue, great writing, and a good plot. Pat Wahler combines suspense with humor to create scenes that capture the reader's attention and make them care about the characters.