The Road to Easton


Fiction - Drama
239 Pages
Reviewed on 10/18/2019
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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite

His parents have sacrificed a lot to give him a life, to send him to college. And now they are gone. Russell Stevens seems to be responsible for it. So Ryan vows to find him and make him pay for such a tragic loss. The passing of his parents turns him into a man consumed by anger and filled with inner pain. The sense of revenge is far more painful than the sense of loss he experienced after the tragedy. But something is about to happen that will take him on a quite unexpected route. It is an encounter with another person, Kennedy, a woman running from her past and from abuse. What do they have in common and what happens when they meet each other? Answers had this reader thrilled.

The characters are deeply and humanly flawed. Each of the key characters has suffered trauma or loss. It is interesting to discover the path that the two embrace when they meet and the role played by a child in helping them find not only healing but purpose. The story is told from the points of view of the key characters and the shifts in narrative create a strong sense of suspense that kept me reading on. The story is well-plotted with great dialogues and apt descriptions of both scenes and the setting.

The psychological and emotional levels of conflict are so evident in the writing. Jordan Richbourg’s The Road to Easton is beautifully written and filled with powerful lessons on human nature. I particularly enjoyed the fact that people who are hurt can find healing when they begin to understand the pain of others. It is so human and realistic to the extent that readers can’t help but relate to the emotions of the key characters. This is an intelligently plotted and deftly written story that explores themes of grief, loss, revenge, and a journey towards healing. It is fast-paced and exciting to read.

K.C. Finn

The Road to Easton is a work of dramatic fiction, tragedy and deeply emotive content, and was penned by author Jordan Richbourg. Recommended for adult readers due to explicit language and mature, sometimes upsetting, content, this down to earth and gritty story sees two young people make decisions in their early lives that set them on a route to tragedy. The first is Ryan Turner, already haunted by events from his past, who travels the world as a Marine but finds no solace in his actions. When he meets Kennedy and her son Easton, who are running from an abusive past and a world of proposed wealth and beauty, their shared pain gives them an unusual connection.

Based on themes of healing from darkness and the scars of abuses, both physical and mental, this is a harrowing tale that readers of true emotive drama are sure to enjoy. Author Jordan Richbourg writes with intelligence and clarity on the ways in which people channel their pain into their daily actions, keeping a close eye on the characters through a detailed narrative that allows readers an intimate glimpse into their world. The plot is nicely crafted to bring Ryan and Kennedy together, intermingling their mental states and delivering heartfelt, realistic dialogue throughout their exchanges. The atmospheric descriptions and sense of place only add to the effects of the tension and loneliness in many of the scenes. Overall, I would certainly recommend The Road To Easton to readers who seek something challenging for their next dramatic read.

Viga Boland

Raised by loving parents for whom no sacrifice is too much for their son, Ryan is a happy young man looking forward to a bright future. Kennedy is a beautiful woman of native Crow descent, engaged to be married to the handsome but narcissistic son of very wealthy parents. But fate steps in to derail each of their hopes and dreams. Just after entering college, Ryan pulls out of his courses. The night before her wedding, Kennedy realizes what marriage to her fiance will mean. Both eventually run away from the horror of their separate realities: Ryan joins the Marines while Kennedy flees to her Crow birth village. Years later, mystically guided in a grueling trek along the Pacific Coast by a black raven, Ryan suddenly finds himself in Easton and Kennedy’s world. Where or who is Easton? That is what readers will enjoy learning as they read The Road to Easton.

Do you believe in fate or destiny? Are you someone raised in a culture that embraces the existence of spirits and/or powers outside our everyday world? Then you will love reading the touching story of Ryan and Kennedy as they each set out apart on The Road to Easton by Jordan Richbourg and are magically brought together through and in Easton. I thoroughly enjoyed this beautiful story. It moves along quickly, with just enough description to establish mood and setting. Marine vets will relate to the very specific details of Ryan’s experience in the Marines which serves him well on his arduous trek. Characters are well-drawn and engaging, and the author’s ability to show, rather than tell us about the characters is appreciated and effective. All up, The Road to Easton deserves your readership. Enjoy!

Rabia Tanveer

The Road to Easton by Jordan Richbourg is the story of a man and a woman from two very different walks of life, but fate decided to bring them together. Kennedy was married into a wealthy family in California. She thought she loved her husband, but it turned out that he never loved her. Traumatized and hurt in more ways than she could have imagined, she was waiting for the day when she could just walk away from it all. Ryan Turner was hurt, he was devastated and looking for revenge. What he lost could not be returned, but he could find a way to exist. So he joined the Marines and tried to bring himself some peace. These two had nothing in common, but fate brought them together in a completely different and unexpected manner. They can be what the other needs, but first, they have to heal the hurts of their past.

This was such a wonderful novel. The author gave the reader everything. From romance to self-discovery, the author made sure that there was a little something for everyone. Ryan and Kennedy’s story is more than what you perceive; they are companions and friends before anything else. I enjoyed how their dynamic worked, how they both fought their fears and tried to become the best version of themselves before anything else. The flow of the story was great, it was never stagnant and always fast enough to keep me focused on the events. Easton was like a breath of fresh air, he brought something light and airy to the story that made it more entertaining. I didn’t put it down, not once, and completed it in just a couple of hours. I simply loved this book! Brilliantly dynamic and engrossing.

Tracy Young

Ryan’s parents have sacrificed a lot to ensure he has the best chance in life yet, after just one week at college, his life is ripped to shreds by a tragic event. His aunt provides Ryan with a home, but he needs to find a way to deal with the murderous rage in his heart. His tours of duty as a sniper with the marines provide this outlet but Afghanistan also signals the end of his career in the military. Ryan faces a moral dilemma when justice seems to be letting him down, but help comes in an unusual form. Meanwhile, Kennedy believes she has found the perfect man in Logan, a real gentleman who can give her a future filled with happiness, but his true colors are revealed just one day before they are married. Following an accident, Kennedy is faced with a difficult choice for herself and her son. Does she comply with her wealthy mother-in-law and live in luxury or does she return to her roots and teach her son the American Indian way of living.

The Road to Easton by Jordan Richbourg is a compelling tale of emotion and heartbreak. This is a fantastic read with two central characters that will tug on your heartstrings. Ryan is a complex man with a good heart who takes himself off on the Pacific Crest Trail to find himself. The description of the trail is amazing and makes the reader feel they are right there with him. Jordan Richbourg is a master storyteller and paints the scene beautifully. When Ryan is led to his destiny by a black bird, the title of the book makes perfect sense. The Road to Easton is a love story with twists, the path really is filled with obstacles and deterrents but can love conquer all? Make sure you have your tissues ready for the ending!