Along the Road

A Becker Family Novel (Book 2)

Romance - Contemporary
306 Pages
Reviewed on 02/02/2020
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Author Biography

Pat Wahler is a Missouri native who writes in a variety of genres, including historical fiction, romance, and creative nonfiction. She has been published in a variety of venues that include Readers’ Digest, Sasee Magazine, and sixteen stories in the popular Chicken Soup for the Soul series. Her debut novel, I am Mrs. Jesse James, was named Western Fictioneers Best First Novel of 2018, and won the Walter Williams Award for a Major Literary Publication – proof it’s never too late to start writing! Pat’s most recent release is first of a contemporary romance series, On a City Street. Book 2 of the series, Along the Road is currently available on preorder. When not writing, Pat spends far too much time on social media under the supervision of one bossy cat, and a spoiled Pekingese/poodle-mix pup. Connect with Pat on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest, BookBub and Goodreads. Visit her website for tips, fun tidbits, and more.

    Book Review

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.

Peggy Jo Wipf

Along the Road by Pat Wahler will keep you laughing as optimistic singer Kat Becker takes on the pessimistic doctor Dan McDonald. New to Nashville to follow her dreams, Kat's first day finds her at Vanderbilt's ER after a minor accident. Her grumpy doctor reluctantly takes her to retrieve her car after being towed. Little did Dan know his one suggestion on an apartment to rent placed Kat on a path that would continually lead back to him. Kat sees Dan as a challenge and attempts to tear down his walls. The lie that binds them quickly unravels when his secrets surface. Kat wonders if Dan's negative outlook on music artists will diminish her dreams or reveal the fact that she can't make it in Music City.

I loved how Pat Wahler captures the magic of Nashville in her novel, Along the Road. This story blends the importance of one of the best medical centers in the country with the enchantment of becoming a singer. Kat and Dan's conflict centers on following their dreams and accepting others that have different dreams. I found this book charming. Not only was Kat's positive attitude contagious, but Dan's fight to free himself of a previous toxic relationship is refreshing as he realizes his help only makes it worse. This novel features many hang-ups relationships face and it is inspiring to see how the characters work out their differences. This is the second novel in Pat Wahler's Becker family romance and I look forward to the next one. Readers who enjoy wholesome romances with a splash of drama will love this novel.

Ruffina Oserio

Along the Road by Pat Wahler is an engaging contemporary romance that is well-plotted and features interesting characters. Kat Becker's dream of a music career actually starts when renowned icon Trevor T. Ray takes a video clip of her singing at a local venue and puts it on his Facebook page, saying she is a cool new talent. This propels her to pursue a career in music in Nashville. Then Dan McDonald comes into her life, an ER doctor with other dreams he has left behind. The attraction between patient and doctor is strong but they face challenges including differences in personality. While Kat is unsure about the future, Dan hopes they can still make it work. Is their love stronger than their personal differences and wrong choices?

Along the Road is the second book in the Becker Family Novels. The writing is great and Pat Wahler exhibits a unique gift for dialogue and character. The descriptions are clear and there are very interesting scenes. From the moment I read the scene describing the encounter between Kat and Dan at the hospital, I knew I wanted to know more about them. There are so many surprises in the novel, like the fake relationship and many others. The character arc is impeccable and I enjoyed how the deeper layers in character unfold with the progression of the narrative. Along the Road is a beautifully crafted story with characters and scenes that will speak strongly to readers. It is told in a confident and consistent voice.