Down and Up the Apple Trees
Every once in a while, we read a book that has a profound impact on our lives. For many readers, Divided Roads will be such a book. From the opening scenes, a reader cannot help but become absorbed with the complex lead characters as they candidly share the essence of their journey to self-discovery. Their rich experiences transport us as silent observers into their respective worlds, to question what truly is worthwhile in our life.
From an outsider's perspective, Pete Franklin has everything going for him; a lovely wife, two talented and independent children, a successful career as a leading investment banker and multiple homes. But as we know, first impressions are quite often deceiving.
On the other hand, we initially feel sorry for Rocky Brooks, a 14-year old who is suffering from the same affliction that killed his mother. Little do we know, however, that in some ways, Rocky is indeed far more "healthy" than Pete.
When Pete and Rocky are first unwillingly thrown together by way of a mistaken gesture, they are a complete mismatch. Much to their surprise, however, they eventually find common ground through a series of seemingly orchestrated events and the contributions of a colorful cast of supporting players.
Divided Roadsis truly a hidden jewel filled with humor, deep-seated emotion and thought-provoking truths.