In an emotional tale, Kristin Hannah raises questions about love, forgiveness, and parenthood that are surprisingly universal.

In Night Road, Jude Farraday has raised her twins, Mia and Zach, to be bright and happy teens. She has also become extremely supportive of Lexi Baill, a former foster child who moved to the area. Mia and Lexi quickly become best friends; and when Zach falls in love with Lexi, the three become inseparable. Jude keeps her children focused on college and their bright futures. Everything seems to go smoothly—until senior year. Suddenly, nothing feels safe anymore, and every time her children leave the house, she worries about their well-being.

One night, Jude experiences her worst nightmare: there is a horrific accident. Life as she knew it is crushed, and her community is divided. Jude and others in town want justice. But when the dust settles, the blame is put squarely on Lexi. A once-loving family is broken, and Lexi is forced to give up everything she cares about, including Zach and Mia. As time goes on, each person must find their own way to cope with that life-changing night and gather the guts and compassion to forgive.

Through loss, heartbreak, and mercy, the possibility of hope prevails. We find just how resilient the heart actually is when we must forgive the people we love.

To read advance reviews, check out Kristin Hannah’s website. To pre-order the audiobook for your library’s ‘Virtual Branch’ (out tomorrow), visit Content Reserve.

Brianne Carlon is a marketing associate at OverDrive.

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