A Thousand Miles – book review

A Thousand Miles
by Bridget Morrissey
Release Date:  June 1, 2022
Publisher: Berkley
Number of Pages:  366
Contemporary Romance
CW: cancer death, paternity issues
Ages 14 and up
After a decade of silence, Dee and Ben reunite for a road trip they once promised to take. It’s going to be a bumpy ride.

Dee Matthews is the cohost of the smash-hit podcast Did I Forget To Tell You?, where she interviews family, friends, and past lovers. Nothing is off limits, except for one man (known on the show only as Name Redacted) who happens to be her high school best friend Ben. During their senior year spring break, Dee and Ben took a road trip to visit Ben’s grandma. They buried a time capsule in her backyard, pledging to return in ten years to open it. Then their friendship fell apart in spectacular fashion. They haven’t spoken to each other since.

Ben Porter’s life since that moment has been unexciting but comfortable, until his grandma reveals a family secret that flips his whole world upside down. Her dying wish is for him to stop doing what is safest and go after what he really wants. He starts by showing up on Dee’s doorstep with every intention of fulfilling their long-ago promise. Despite her reservations, Dee can’t say no. This trip could be her chance to give her listeners the Name Redacted interview they’ve been begging for—and finally put her unresolved feelings for Ben to rest.

As the miles fly by, Dee and Ben’s friendship reignites. But the closer they get to reaching their destination, the more apparent it becomes that their attraction to each other cannot be ignored. Their last adventure ended in disaster, and they’re about to find out if any hope of a future together is in the rear view mirror.

Such a touching second chance romance. This story delves into what happens when the best of friends have a misunderstanding and lose out on 10 years with each other. But what if they should have missed those 10 years together, what about their lives would be different if they had never been torn apart? Both Dee and Ben love the place their lives are at now, there’s just something missing…each other.

There are always two sides to any story of falling out between friends. Ben and Dee were young and scared when they took their friendship to a place that was well beyond being friends. Both reacted out of fear, both made mistakes, and here we are 10 years later with neither having any luck with love. Even with all of that baggage, somehow they fall right back into their old rhythms when they are alone together again. Their chemistry just works. It’s right and it works.

The way they both will lash out now and again because of past hurts, yet realize what they have done and address the issue, made their journey a joy to read. Two kids who weren’t ready for what their relationship could be are now adults with the maturity to stay and hash things out when needed.

This story made me feel good and hopeful while also giving me all of the warm fuzzies I love in a book. There’s even a different take on the one-bed trope that I love and it does not disappoint. All around a great reading experience.

4.5 stars

About Cheri

I'm the mom of two boys and wife to my high school sweetheart. Our oldest, Josh, is living at home while working and paying off student loans. Our youngest, Griffin recently left his active duty Army job and is now National Guard here at home. He moved back to Michigan with his wife Kirsten and our beautiful granddaughter Hazel. I work part time and try to fit as much reading into my life as possible.
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4 Responses to A Thousand Miles – book review

  1. Louise H says:

    Amazing review – I love a second chance romance so I’m just off to find this on amazon!

  2. Lauren Becker says:

    That’s great you felt these two really worked together!

    Lauren @ http://www.shootingstarsmag.net

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