Ashlynne Rothschild grew up with the proverbial silver spoon in her mouth. Smart and sassy, Ashlynne expects to inherit the Park Avenues magazine empire. But her family has other ideas. Feeling she needs to understand the world beyond, they ship her off to Testament, North Carolina, for a little “learning about life.”
William Decker grew up in a small town with dreams of big-city success. But when the spoiled Ashlynne falls under his authority, her big city ways aren’t so appealing. Ashlynne’s attempt at “learn normal” ends with a wounded spirit, while William’s “reach for the stars” attitude ends with a wounded heart. When these two journalists go head to head, the race is on to see if either will succeed in getting what they really want.
Sometimes, you come across a character with whom you can immediately relate. That was the case when I began reading the story of Ashlynne Rothschild. So I’m not wealthy, and my life doesn’t revolve around work. But, once upon a time, I did have plans to go into journalism and had formed some connections within the industry. Like Ashlynne, I enjoy researching and learning new things. Most importantly, I don’t do well at friendships and forging close personal connections. When a pivotal part of Ashlynne’s past is revealed, I understood.
“If you want to have friends, be a friend,” Ashlynne’s grandmother tells her. And so Ashlynne heads somewhere new, where she doesn’t know anyone, and attempts to put those words into action. She makes some unexpected connections, but can’t work out William’s problem. Why is he being such a jerk toward her? It turns out he’s got some preconceived ideas about her and her “type.” She can prove she’s up to the job, even if her clothing isn’t suitable for the muddy back woods. But it takes longer to prove she’s not the person he thinks she is.
The Road to Testament is a story about coming home to a place you’ve never been. It’s about learning the truth about who you are and getting to really know other people. Sometimes, we put them on pedestals. Sometimes, we knock them down before they have a chance to show us who they really are. It’s about uncovering the truth even when it would be easier to leave it buried. My only disappointment was the final page, because I wasn’t ready for the story to be over.
Thank you to Abingdon Press for my complimentary Advance Reading Copy of The Road to Testament, which I downloaded from NetGalley. No review was required.
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Publisher: Abingdon Press
Publication Date: 01 April 2014
Page Count: 352