The Road To You is the new release from Melissa Toppen and what a release it is. I had read a few of Melissa’s books in the past and found her writing style and characters to be those I enjoy. So I knew that The Road To You would no doubt be something that would be amazing. After all, the cover alone is beautiful.
This review is really hard to write without giving away any spoilers. So I won’t tell you what the story is about. I won’t spoil this for you. The Road to You is one of those books you just need to read. Is it rainbows and unicorns? No. I went into this (For some unknown reason to myself) thinking I’d be reading an ‘everyday contemporary new adult romance’ and boy was I wrong. It is sad. Heart wrenchingly sad. I choked up, my eyes watered. There aren’t many times that books spark such deep emotions for me but this book did.
The story sets around Elara, Kam and Kane. I loved Elara in the past, for then she was much happier. The scenes told in the past tense with Kam were both beautiful and sweet. They made me smile even though I knew things would not end well. It was young love wrote at its finest and I feel Melissa really does deserve a medal for making me remember just what that feels like to have that first love. The scenes in the present with Elara are like a sharp opposite. But we do have Kane and I admit I loved Kane. I loved his inner turmoil of emotions. I found it made him more real as a character. The connections with these characters literally jump off the pages. It is hard not to see and feel their love, bond and pain.
I don’t feel I’ve read a book as sad as The Road to You in some time. It is one of those books where although the characters work through hell and you are rooting for them to find their happiness, its a hard read too. This book did put me in a funk until the end, which was just right if you ask me. I loved that last chapter, I don’t think anything could have made me smile more than those final pages.
So, if you are looking for a contemporary new adult romance that’s happiness and light, do not read this book. However, if you are looking for a book that will hit your emotions and set a spark in your soul, then yes The Road To You is for you and I highly recommend it. I was on the fence with my review whether this was a 3.5 or a 4 star read. But I think this book does deserve everyone of those 4 stars.