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rank 4567
word count 14481
date submitted 19.08.2009
date updated 08.09.2009
genres: Fiction, Chick Lit, Romance
classification: adult
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The Broken Road

Ashley Z

Zoe is a down-on-her-luck girl from New York on the run who happens to find that small town Alabama isn't what she expected.

 

Life gives us situations in which we must find our way out. For Zoe, she's fought for the better part of her adult life just to be able to live. When she finally makes her escape, she lands in the middle of nowhere with a town of people looking to help her out. Her only problems are her inability to trust people and her past, which quickly begins to catch up with her. With the help of some new friends and the exact opposite of every man she's ever met, Zoe tries desperately to pick up the broken pieces of her life.

 
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Jupiter Echoes wrote 1606 days ago

Great ideas here for a romance and chick lit novel.
Never my cup of tea, thinking this genre is something your wife reads.
I eat my words, and have begun to love the genre, especially with books like yours out there.
Enjoyed the Broken Road immensley, and the writing. A story well exectuted.


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Lorelli wrote 1682 days ago

Hi Ashley

I've read all four chapters now. This is a compelling story, it grabs you from the beginning as you show Zoe's plight. I was rooting for her to leave, and was pleased when she did. The switch to Nick's pov works, and the two pov's complement each other well showing the two characters perspectives. I think there may be a bit at the end of c2 when you switch pov from Nick to Zoe that feels a little jerky, but that might be your intention of course.

I felt a real chill when Zoe's boyfriend wakes up and reacts to her disappearance - that bit at the end of c3 is a clue to what i expect might come later in the story, and a great hook. Then c4 allows us to see the beginnings of a friendship between Zoe and Nick, and also find out more (through their dialogue and actions) about boths past.

Best wishes
Lorelli (The Man Whisperer)

Lorelli wrote 1682 days ago

Hi Ashley

I've only had the time to read the first two chapters so far, but am shelving your book now as i'm enjoying it. I'll leave a more detailed comment tomorrow when i've had time to read more.

Best wishes
Lorelli (The Man Whisperer)

Ashley Z wrote 1686 days ago

Ashley
I just read a couple of chapters and will be back to read some more and add my comments. But in the meantime I will place your work on my shelf. I think this is a promising book.
Jennifer Braun
Shoondor (Please read if you are willing and have time. The story is a lot like yours, only in a different setting)



Wow! Thank you so much! You're the first shelf I've been placed on! I'll do my best to read your story. I'm going back to college to get a second degree, so when I have some free time, during a break maybe, I'll get around to it!

Ashley Z wrote 1686 days ago

Me again!

Excellent 3rd chapter, hun. You're a natural story-teller. I thought Zoe's reactions throughout the dinner were very believable, given her difficult past. The dialogue was great, spot-on. I especially liked Nick and Zoe's final conversation in the car, when he takes her back to Denny's. He's got a quiet yet determined way about him. He knows not to push, when to give her some breathing room. Zoe's making progress, but I can see how it's going to be one hellova climb for her to be able to trust anyone, let alone Nick. I'm going to enjoy reading about her journey. I hope Nick has infinite patience!

He shrugged. “Then don’t answer any questions,” he said as he glanced at her. He pulled up to Denny’s and sighed. “Except this one.”

She was silent for a moment, then looked at him and nodded. “Tons,” she said before she opened the door and walked up the front steps and into Denny’s.

Really like that bit.

Suggestions:
Watch for repetition. In the prologue, almost every paragraph starts with 'she'. I know you don't mention Zoe's name yet, so maybe this was deliberate on your part? You could vary it. For example, instead of 'she’d always heard that everyone had a line, a final straw' you could replace it with eEveryone had a line, a final straw, or so she'd been told.'

In the first 5 paragraphs of the 3rd chapter, you use 'seemed' four times. You could scratch a couple of them and make Nick's musings about summer more concrete.

Write more now!



Finally, something constructive! I'll take a look at it. I certainly don't mean to use the same word over and over again. Thank you for the suggestions!

I'm glad you've enjoyed it. I've been to one of those awkward dinners where it's obvious the person isn't into divulging their life story and the people around them keep prodding. I'm glad you thought that was realistic. And yes, Nick realizes when to push and when to give her space. It will be a long and hard road for Zoe because she's never been shown that people can be kind and worthy of trust without an ulterior motive.

I'm really happy that you're enjoying it!!

Ashley Z wrote 1686 days ago

Yeah, everyone has that line. Drug addiction and abuse is a good place to draw it. I will admit though, I stayed with a girl after she punched me in the crotch for ordering her the wrong thing at McyDees. HAHA.
This is very well-written, intriguing, and sad. WL.



Sorry for your plight! I hope you're not still with her!

I'm glad you like it thus far and I hope that you'll continue to read.

JohnRL1029 wrote 1686 days ago

Yeah, everyone has that line. Drug addiction and abuse is a good place to draw it. I will admit though, I stayed with a girl after she punched me in the crotch for ordering her the wrong thing at McyDees. HAHA.
This is very well-written, intriguing, and sad. WL.

Sonia Pedemont wrote 1687 days ago

Me again!

Excellent 3rd chapter, hun. You're a natural story-teller. I thought Zoe's reactions throughout the dinner were very believable, given her difficult past. The dialogue was great, spot-on. I especially liked Nick and Zoe's final conversation in the car, when he takes her back to Denny's. He's got a quiet yet determined way about him. He knows not to push, when to give her some breathing room. Zoe's making progress, but I can see how it's going to be one hellova climb for her to be able to trust anyone, let alone Nick. I'm going to enjoy reading about her journey. I hope Nick has infinite patience!

He shrugged. “Then don’t answer any questions,” he said as he glanced at her. He pulled up to Denny’s and sighed. “Except this one.”

She was silent for a moment, then looked at him and nodded. “Tons,” she said before she opened the door and walked up the front steps and into Denny’s.

Really like that bit.

Suggestions:
Watch for repetition. In the prologue, almost every paragraph starts with 'she'. I know you don't mention Zoe's name yet, so maybe this was deliberate on your part? You could vary it. For example, instead of 'she’d always heard that everyone had a line, a final straw' you could replace it with eEveryone had a line, a final straw, or so she'd been told.'

In the first 5 paragraphs of the 3rd chapter, you use 'seemed' four times. You could scratch a couple of them and make Nick's musings about summer more concrete.

Write more now!

Ashley Z wrote 1687 days ago

Ash :) Glad to see 'The Broken Road' here. And I see you have a new chapter up too. Excellent. Will return to comment very soon.



LOL, I was like 'who is this' and then I went and looked and was like OOOH! I hope you like the new chapter! :)

Sonia Pedemont wrote 1687 days ago

Ash :) Glad to see 'The Broken Road' here. And I see you have a new chapter up too. Excellent. Will return to comment very soon.

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