roadtograceReviewed by Charity Lyman

How many of you have ever read a book by Richard Paul Evans? I had personally never had the blessing and so it was with some trepidation that I started reading The Road to Grace. This is the third book in his series about Alan Christofferson and I felt like I was coming into the middle of the story but I quickly caught up on what had happened previously. The whole premise of this series is about a man who was totally in love with his wife. She has an accident, fell off a horse, and lived for about a month before infection set in and she passed on. While he is helping his wife at home, his business partner steals his business and basically leaves him with nothing, including the house he was living in. So two days after his wife’s funeral, Alan leaves to walk from Seattle to Key West, Florida. This set of books is the story of his walk to find the meaning in life.

Overall, this book was very enjoyable. There are some parts where it seems like you are just reading about him walking, eating and sleeping. But these parts are few and far between with many meaningful highlights. You get to see tourist spots, museums, parks, etc. through Alan’s eyes. You do read about some things that must have happened previously such as him getting robbed and stabbed. One of my favorite parts was where he becomes ill and meets Leszek, a Polish Jew, who takes him into his home and cares for him. He also learns a great lesson through talking to this wonderful gentleman.

There are some funny parts and yet most of this book deals with many hard subjects. How far do you take bitterness? At what point do you forgive someone who has wronged you? These are some of the questions asked and answered in these pages. This is a book that at first doesn’t seem that significant but there is so much more to it than at first meets the eye. Would definitely pick up the next book to see where Alan’s travels take him.

Rating: ★★★★½ 

Charity lives in Illinois and is the oldest of 6 children. The family also has 3 dogs and a cat. Reading is a hobby when not cooking, baking, sewing or enjoying music. She reads many different genres but Christian fiction is a favorite. Charity can be found often at her blog, Giveaway Lady

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Simon & Schuster. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.