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The Broken Road: A Novel
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A broken man. A twist of fate. A second chance. The #1 New York Times bestselling author of The Mistletoe Promise and The Walk begins a riveting new trilogy that explores the tantalizing question: What if you could start over?
Chicago celebrity Charles James can't shake the nightmare that wakes him each night. He sees himself walking down a long, broken highway lined in flames. Where is he going? Why is he walking? What is the wailing he hears around him?

By day, he wonders why he's so haunted and unhappy when he has all he ever wanted—fame, fans, and fortune and the lavish lifestyle it affords him. Coming from a childhood of poverty and pain, this is what he's dreamed of. But now, at the pinnacle of his career, he's started to wonder if he's wanted the wrong things. His wealth has come legally, but questionably, from the power of his personality, seducing people out of their hard-earned money. When he learns that one of his customers has committed suicide because of financial ruin, Charles is shaken. The cracks in his façade start to break down, spurring him to question everything: his choices, his relationships, his future, and the type of man he's become.

Then a twist of fate changes everything. Charles is granted something very remarkable: a second chance. The question is: what will he do with it?

The Broken Road is an engrossing, contemplative story of redemption and grace and the power of second chances. It is an epic journey you won't soon forget.
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Chicago celebrity Charles James can't shake the nightmare that wakes him each night. He sees himself walking down a long, broken highway lined in flames. Where is he going? Why is he walking? What is the wailing he hears around him?

By day, he wonders why he's so haunted and unhappy when he has all he ever wanted—fame, fans, and fortune and the lavish lifestyle it affords him. Coming from a childhood of poverty and pain, this is what he's dreamed of. But now, at the pinnacle of his career, he's started to wonder if he's wanted the wrong things. His wealth has come legally, but questionably, from the power of his personality, seducing people out of their hard-earned money. When he learns that one of his customers has committed suicide because of financial ruin, Charles is shaken. The cracks in his façade start to break down, spurring him to question everything: his choices, his relationships, his future, and the type of man he's become.

Then a twist of fate changes everything. Charles is granted something very remarkable: a second chance. The question is: what will he do with it?

The Broken Road is an engrossing, contemplative story of redemption and grace and the power of second chances. It is an epic journey you won't soon forget.
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        In a prologue, novelist Evans (The Mistletoe Secret, 2016, etc.) recounts meeting a (fictional) man in a restaurant on Route 66 in the Mojave Desert who has hiked the famous highway all the way from Chicago.He's Charles James, an infamous huckster everyone believes died in a plane crash the year before. After much discussion, James gives the author permission to tell his remarkable story "as if I were telling it. A first-person account," he says--and so Evans does, an account that makes up the bulk of the book. As a teenager, then Charles Gonzales hops a westbound bus to escape his father's brutal beatings. On learning that Jesse James is one of his maternal ancestors, Charles adopts the outlaw's surname. "Jesse James didn't run from fights, he started them," Charles says, and he liked that about the man. On the bus he meets the kind and wonderful Monica, whom he eventually marries and who becomes "my pearl of great price." Nevertheless, he attends a "Master Wealth Seminar" and gets hooked--not on the "product" but on McKay Benson's brilliant salesmanship. Charles goes to work for McKay and becomes wildly successful selling wealth formulas that seldom work for the buyer. Eventually, he's selling his own "gospel of wealth" to enthusiastic audiences at "$327 for each butt in a chair." Not bad for someone who used to dumpster dive as a kid. Well, good for him, but ever increasing success brings ever increasing absences from his loving wife. And throughout, Charles has his gripes with God, telling his shrink he would hate God if only he believed in him and that "either he doesn't exist, he doesn't care, or he's sadistic...neither merciful nor loving, and he sure as hell wasn't going to protect me." Charles James' world crashes down on him, which readers can see from the story's outset. But why the sinner is on that hot and lonely road is the question for this morality tale. A thoughtful, well-plotted yarn that will evoke either pity or schadenfreude.

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Chicago celebrity Charles James can't shake the nightmare that wakes him each night. He sees himself walking down a long, broken highway lined in flames. Where is he going? Why is he walking? What is the wailing he hears around him?

By day, he wonders why he's so haunted and unhappy when he has all he ever wanted—fame, fans, and fortune and the lavish lifestyle it affords him. Coming from a childhood of poverty and pain, this is what he's dreamed of. But now, at the pinnacle of his career, he's started to wonder if he's wanted the wrong things. His wealth has come legally, but questionably, from the power of his personality, seducing people out of their hard-earned money. When he learns that one of his...
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