Blog Tour: Different Roads by Lori L. Clark (review, giveaway)

differentroads[1]Different Roads
written by Lori L. Clark
published by Lori Clark

find it here: Barnes & Noble, Amazon, Smashwords, Goodreads

Why did I pick this book: I participated in the blog tour hosted by AToMR Tours(I received a copy of this book for review purposes.)

Did I enjoy this book: 
I’m not sure if enjoy is the word I would use. The first two things that came to mind when I finished this book were “WOW!” and “Holy Crap!”

The “WOW!” came out because the author wrote the abuse wonderfully. I know that sounds awful but the author really did a great job with that. She nailed how some, if not most, victims feel when in an abusive relationship. I could understand how Jaq reacted, how she felt, how she rationalized everything. I’ve heard these stories from many people before in my former profession. Ms. Clark did a great job putting it in writing.

Actually, I was unsure about how I liked this book while I was reading it. It was hard to be sympathetic towards Jaq throughout most of the book. Even when she began to turn things around, I still didn’t care that much for Jaq. She had a bad attitude, bad behavior, constantly down on her luck but she thinks she deserves it. I understand why she was this way, but she was a tough character to get behind.

I adored Seth from the beginning. I hated Rick. I could see where Damon was headed. I almost wanted to know what happened to Rick after that night. More curious than anything else.

The “Holy Crap” came out at the end. I did not want to see that happen. I saw it coming but I was hoping for a different outcome.

It was a good read but it is definitely not a happy ending.


Would I recommend it: If you don’t mind a true-to-life, no sugar-coating book about relationships and abuse, then yes, this is a good read. If you are looking for a feel-good, leave you smiling story, then no, don’t read this book.

Will I read it again: I will not.

About the book: 
It’s been said that when we look back over our lives, we are able to recognize the pivotal moments that in some way, shape, or form have led us to where we are today.

When Jacqueline Carter is fifteen, she crosses paths for the first time with Seth Thomas, a young man who unwittingly alters the direction of her life forever.

Jaq plans to break-up with her boyfriend on her sixteenth birthday. Instead, she is date-raped, and left emotionally broken. She builds a wall around her heart and begins spiraling downward on a road filled with drinking, drugs and physical abuse.

When Seth re-enters her life a few years later, the walls around her heart slowly come down and the two of them fall in love.

Unfortunately sometimes, fate has other ideas, and we’re forced down a different road from which we initially set out.

lori clark

Find Ms. Clark here: author blog, book review blog, Facebook, Twitter, Goodreads


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Happy reading wherever you are and whenever you get a free chance!!!



  1. thanks for the giveaway

  2. Meghan Stith says:

    Wow… Totally can’t wait to read this! Adding it to my TBR list… Beautiful cover, too! ; ) I love this genre and I always wonder what made the author choose to write in this kind of genre? Thanks for sharing with us and Thanks for the giveaway!
    mestith at gmail dot com

    • If you get a chance to read it, let me know your thoughts on it. It was a read that really gets to the reader. I also wonder what makes authors choose these tough subjects. She did a wonderful job with the story.

      Good luck in the giveaway!

  3. cassie polla says:

    Sounds like a great book! Thanks!