The Broken Path
By Cami Checketts
Publisher: Birch River Publishing
Published: Jan 12, 2014
Can a determined three-year old inspire them to love again?
Injured in a debilitating accident at age six, Ethan Searle believes women eye him with a mixture of pity and disdain. He's tried love before. He won't again. He meets his match in a precocious two-year old who loves him despite his disability, even while her mother seems bothered by everything about Ethan.
Autumn Reader escaped her abusive marriage with her beautiful daughter and a stack of fear. She can't make the mistake of trusting a man again. Autumn's daughter becomes enraptured by Ethan. Despite Autumn's best intentions, she finds herself following her daughter's example. When her
Autumn Reader and her daughter Brittan have come to live with her mother after a divorce from an abusive husband. She doesn’t trust men and she doesn’t want to get involved in a relationship with one. Then along come Ethan Searle, physically disabled from an accident as a young child, bruised of heart from a broken relationship and thinking all women look on him as pitiable because of his disability.
There were several things that I really liked about The Broken Path, the main one being that Autumn and her mother saw beyond Ethan’s disability to the kind of person that he truly was. So many people stop at the first look and think of all the things a physically disabled person can’t do and write them off as broken and unworthy of further exploration as life-partners because they assume all kinds of things the individual can’t do (when they don’t really even know because they haven’t asked).
I also loved the fact that Ethan cared so much about Autumn that he was will to wait for Autumn to learn to trust him even if it took years. He wasn’t going anywhere. It might kill him to wait, but he wasn’t going anywhere.
Brittan was a typical three-year-old, repeating everything she heard and totally embarrassing her mother. She was an innocent child and took to Ethan like a duck takes to water. It was almost like she knew innately that he was a good man, trustworthy and kind.
I did have one issue with Autumn and Ethan’s relationship that I felt made it shallow and superficial. I really didn’t see much in their attraction for one another except how “hot” they looked to each other. I think that there needs to be way more to a relationship than how beautiful someone looks in order for a relationship to survive. That being said, I also think that through the book they went through some experiences that gave them other reasons to care for and develop a love of one another, and hopefully develop into a deep enough love eventually to last a lifetime, but having read some of Ms. Checkett’s other works found this one to be more superficial than others.
I think Ms. Checkett’s did a great job of character development of the two main characters, as well as of little Brittan. So much so that I wanted to sit Ethan and Autumn down and give them a lesson in communication. So much of the heartache in the early part of their relationship could have been avoided if they knew how to communicate instead of shutting down and running away.
Overall, The Broken Path was a good read. I gave it 3 stars out of 5. What brings me back time and again to Ms. Checkett’s books is that her characters are not perfect, but they are loved anyway.
I purchased this book to review. All thoughts are my own.
About the Author:
Cami Checketts is married and the proud mother of four future WWF champions. Sometimes between being a human horse, cleaning up magic potions, and reading Bernstein Bears, she gets the chance to write fiction. Cami graduated from Utah State University with a degree in Exercise Science.
Cami teaches strength training classes at her local rec and shares healthy living tips on her fitness blog:
Cami and her family live in the beautiful Cache Valley of Northern Utah. During the two months of the year it isn’t snowing, she enjoys swimming, biking, running, and water-skiing.
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