What makes you happy?
That was the question Emery Reed asked me the day we met, and I couldn’t give him a single answer. I could have said my dog, or my books, or yoga — but I just stared.
And then, I got in his car.
It was crazy to take a road trip with a stranger, but after years of standing still, he was my one-way ticket to a new life, and I wasn’t going to miss it.
We shared the same space, the same car, the same hotel room — and still, we were strangers. One day we’d be laughing, the next, we wouldn’t speak. Emery was surrounded by impenetrable walls, but I wanted in.
Discovering his journal changed everything.
I read his thoughts, words not meant for anyone’s eyes, and the more I learned about him, the harder I fell. It turned out nothing made Emery Reed happy, and I wanted to change that.
I earned his trust by violating his privacy, and as wrong as it was, it worked — until one entry revealed a darkness I never knew existed, a timer I never knew was ticking.
Suddenly, what made me happy was saving Emery from himself. I just didn’t know if I could.
I have always loved the idea of dropping everything, getting in a car, and driving. Not worrying about anything but my journey and my next stop. There’s just something to love about the unpredictability and spontaneity of it all. Anything can happen when you’re bouncing from place to place and truly living in the moment. Road-trips are a lot like love: unpredictable and spontaneous. That’s probably why I loved this book so much. And the fact that it’s been a while since I’ve read a novel that has made me think about my life and what makes me happy.
On the Way to You is one of those novels that made me feel like I was going on a journey with the characters. I could not put it down, not that I would have even wanted to. It’s weird how some books come into your life right when you need them and I don’t think it’s a random coincidence that the day I finished this book someone ended up asking me, “Are you happy?”.
I don’t want to get too introspective because this is my book review and not a personal blog post (I can totally do one of those later), but if you find a book that allows you to open your eyes a bit more, and see things in a different light, that is a good book. On the Way to You is a good book. It’s a romance but it felt like more to me than just a romance and I loved every moment of it so much. It’s a story about finding what makes you happy. Finding things to live for. Realizing the world has so much to offer you.
Cooper and Emery were such different characters and the contrast between the two characters was so refreshing. I loved that at first glance one would think Cooper is so perfect and happy, but I love that Kandi gave her personal faults that were made so obvious as the story continued.
I could not recommend On the Way to You enough. It is by far one of my favorite books that I have read this year. I am so happy I received an advanced copy and was able to fan-girl with Kandi over this book. She totally blew me away with A Love Letter to Whiskey and I did not think she’d be able to top my love for that book, but On the Way to You is right up there next to it…if not a teeny bit higher up on the totem pole.
Read this book now pals. You won’t regret it.
Kandi Steiner is a Creative Writing and Advertising/Public Relations graduate from the University of Central Florida living in Tampa. Kandi works full time as a social media specialist, but also works part time as a Zumba fitness instructor and blackjack dealer.
Kandi started writing back in the 4th grade after reading the first Harry Potter installment. In 6th grade, she wrote and edited her own newspaper and distributed to her classmates. Eventually, the principal caught on and the newspaper was quickly halted, though Kandi tried fighting for her “freedom of press.” She took particular interest in writing romance after college, as she has always been a die hard hopeless romantic (like most girls brought up on Disney movies).
When Kandi isn’t working or writing, you can find her reading books of all kinds, talking with her extremely vocal cat, and spending time with her friends and family. She enjoys beach days, movie marathons, live music, craft beer and sweet wine – not necessarily in that order.
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