The Bend in Redwood Road

The Bend in Redwood Road by Danielle Stewart Book Summary

Most days it’s manageable. No more than a quiet wondering around the edges of her mind.
What has become of the baby she left behind?

Smiling through the pain and suffering in silence, Leslie Laudon marches forward. Embracing the life skillfully designed by her husband Paul. Living right could be penance for an impossible choice made with an uneasy heart. Dutiful and anchoring, Leslie poured herself into her other children. Nurturing them through infancy, protecting them as toddlers, guiding them as teens. As her youngest child heads off to college with her suitcases and coordinating dorm room accessories, so goes Leslie’s identity. The chaotic life of a busy working mother threatens to become dangerously quiet. Quiet enough to hear the voices she’s tried to silence for decades.
Gwen Fox was adopted by two perfect people. Noel and Millie have always treated her the same as their two biological sons. Her parents love is strong and unwavering, yet a soul-deep ache still lingers. Plagued by an unnamed, hard to explain, longing Gwen could never shake.
Riddled with doubt and dragged down by the undertow of unanswered questions, Leslie and Gwen both find their lives suddenly upended. One seeks the truth about the day she was born. The other seeks herself, the woman she was before motherhood. Before she made a choice to leave a piece of her heart lying asleep in the hospital nursery.
In this complex journey for answers, blame is abundant. Guilt is thick enough to choke on. Marriages are brought to the brink of disaster. As the ripples of the past vibrate through their lives, Gwen and Leslie realize there is no turning back. What they have put into motion cannot be stopped. The road toward the truth will be littered with casualties.

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- The Bend in Redwood Road5 star

Beautifully written intense life story. You easily fall into the emotion and pain in two families going through very real situations, making and living with intense choices.

- The Bend In Redwood Rd5 star

I loved this story about mother and daughter finding each other. Heartwarming, good reading.

- The Bend in Redwood Road5 star

Wow! Great book wish it didn’t end. Would like to know what happened next in their lives. Very good read. Thanks!

- A realistic plot & characters that are all too real5 star

I devoured this book, simply couldn’t put it down. The author gave us very human characters, not perfect, but warts & all. They are created as realistic flawed people just doing the best they can & making mistakes as they navigate life. A wonderful book & as soon as I finished it, I purchased the 2nd book in the series. I’m not ready to let go of these people.

- The Bend in Redwood Road5 star

I read this book a few years ago and really liked it. Good job. G

- The Bend In Redwood Road5 star

Fantastic rainy day read. Though the plot was somewhat presumable and the most climatic portions were semi predictable, this book is smoothly written and one you won’t put down. Being the daughter of a father who was adopted, the characters were incredibly real and relatable. Will continue to follow this series.

- The Bend in Redwood Road4 star

Good story. Lots of love and warmth.

- The Bend in Redwood Road5 star

Enjoyed this book very much.

- The bend in redwood road5 star

Real and honest. Loved it and couldn’t wait to read book 2!

- The Bend in Redwood Road5 star

I loved it. This is a well written book and what a great story.

- Poignant and moving5 star

I have been a fan of Danielle Stewart for awhile now, I have read several of her books. This one did not disappoint. Gwen is an adopted daughter who decides to look for her biological family... Leslie is the mother who tried to give her daughter a better life by putting her up for adoration. The story tells of both women, and how their lives are affected by choices of the other. I found myself wanting them to hurry and find each other if they could, but every detail is so important that I had to make myself slow down so I wouldn’t miss a thing. I loved Gwen and Leslie, they both found strength from loved ones to help them through. Can’t wait for the next book!

- Extraordinary women making tough decisions5 star

A truly impressive account of a 25 yr old who decides to find her biological mother while trying gallantly to avoid hurting her loving parents who raised her. The chapters go back and forth showing the struggles that Leslie, the biological parent went through in giving up her daughter and the challenging journey that Gwen must take in finding her. Author Danielle Stewart does a magnificent job of showing the depth within each character. For some women controlled by manipulative insensitive men, it takes time to see the light. As a couple’s counselor for over 30 yrs, I try to help women eXpressions themselves and follow their dreams instead of submerging their identities in pleasing a dictatorial controlling spouse. You will hang on every word wondering if resolution will be possible. Can’t wait to find out more. You will not be disappointed if you take a journey around the bend in redwood road.

- Bend in redwood road5 star

Excellent read. Couldn’t put it down. You portrayed all the emotions, feeling, fears, and questions about reasons why people would consider adoption. Even some I never thought about. What an insight. You put us (the reader) in Gwen shoes. Again excellent. Thank you.

- Loved this story5 star

This book brought me back to the familiar writing style of her first novel but with the depth of someone who's been writing for years. I could see the growth in this story from the Prologue to the very last page. The first meeting of the main character Gwen had me feeling all the emotions she was going through. It was like I was sitting next to her. It was tough to put down. I won't give any spoilers but if you love Danielle's ability to give you a twist you didn't expect, then you won't be disappointed with this book. She found a way to also bring a level of emotion to the book that I could feel through the pages. The tears were building so many times as I read but she also didn't leave out her sense of humor.

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