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The New Road
by L J Hippler   

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Publisher:  iUniverse ISBN-10:  1450239579 Type: 


Copyright:  Jul, 16, 2010 ISBN-13:  9781450239578

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The New Road will take you on a young mother’s tumultuous ride, from love to deception, from sweet stability to bold dreams and self discovery.

Michelle Miller Ibanez, at thirty-one, is already a success. A respected Baltimore attorney, she has a handsome husband and a beautiful child. She has family and friends that adore her. Her world is a sweet one and only getting better—until she’s handed House Bill 1664.
A massive highway interchange is on its way and is certain to destroy the quality of life in the historic neighborhood that she and her husband, Carlos, now call home. When she reluctantly heads a coalition to fight the project, an avalanche of change is unleashed that threatens to destroy her perfect life.  
The new road leads to danger, passion, deceit and betrayal. It leads to events that shake Michelle’s most fundamental life assumptions to their core. It leads to secrets about her family, her friends and herself that she never wanted to know. 
Michelle cannot foresee what her world will be like once this journey ends. She only knows for sure that it won’t be the same—not ever.  
The red numbers on the bedroom clock flashed 02:44. Michelle stared at them, willing them to change to at least 04:44 so she could get up and make the day start. Once she’d begun it, the day would be closer to over, and with the day, the Senate hearing would be over. Then she could stop. How good it would feel to stop preparing, stop anticipating new threats—to stop studying. The hearing felt to her like another law school exam. And, like them, once it was completed, she could enjoy that sweet sensation of relief, of having turned in the paper, having done her best. But this was the mother of all exams. With it behind her she could focus on saving her own life. She could drag it all back from the brink.
Michelle slid soundlessly out from under the sheet. She went to her son’s room and looked in. He was sleeping, a deep sleep, smiling even then, his hands stretched out above his head. She closed the door and continued down the hall to the prayer space and knelt before the brass crucifix on the wall. Out the window, the harbor seemed unnaturally still and soundless. Only an occasional house light blinked on Federal Hill across the water. For several minutes her eyes went from the crucifix to the harbor and back. “Help me,” she whispered. “I’ve done all I can do—with all of it. You know I have. It’s in Your hands now.”

Professional Reviews

M Jean Pike
From the moment I finished reading L. J. Hippler's debut novel, Cathedral Street, in 2007, I have been eagerly waiting for the sequel. I must say, Hippler's latest creation, The New Road, was certainly worth the wait.
In this evocative story, readers return to the Baltimore area and are reintroduced to many of Cathedral Street's key characters. Though we receive more than just a passing glance into each of their lives, the story's main focus is on Michelle Miller Ibanez, the remarkable young woman who captured our hearts in Cathedral Street.

Now thirty years old, it seems Michelle's life journey has taken her to some good places. In addition to having her own law practice, she has a lovely home, a solid marriage, and a child she adores. But when she unexpectedly receives notice of House Bill 1664, a proposal for a new Interstate highway that will soon tear through her beloved neighborhood, displacing its families and destroying its very essence, Michelle's perfect life begins to unravel. She immediately forms a neighborhood coalition to try and stay the ruthless hands of "progress." Though she finds friends and allies in the somewhat ragtag collection of coalition members, her struggle to save her community earns her some powerful political enemies. And when she uncovers shocking evidence of her husband's infidelity, Michelle discovers that some of her enemies are much, much closer than she imagined.

This riveting story of passion and betrayal once again showcases Mr. Hippler's considerable storytelling ability. I've often heard experts describe a piece of writing with the phrase, “it sings", though I don't often come across a piece of writing that actually does. This one definitely does! The plot is complex, with several sub-plots that add depth and heart to the story. The chapters are short and concise, moving seamlessly from one character viewpoint to the next, creating tension and variety. Each character's part is a perfectly placed piece of the intricate puzzle that is The New Road. Indeed, I didn't just identify with these people, I became them. It's rare that I feel this kind of connection with a cast of characters.

This beautifully written story has everything I look for in a novel -- wonderful characters, an engaging plot, and beautiful imagery. I loved it from start to finish and my only regret in having read it is that now I'm back to waiting for another novel by this amazing author.

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Reader Reviews for "The New Road"

Reviewed by Donelle Knudsen 10/2/2010
In Larry Hippler’s, The New Road, we see Michelle Miller Ibanez is now thirty-one, an attorney, and unwillingly thrust into a conflict with “powers that be.” She is appointed the head of a neighborhood coalition which is poised, and ready to fight to save their beloved and historic neighborhood from destruction. With the passage of House Bill 1664 comes the approval and construction of a highway interchange which will go right through their homes and hearts.

The reader will fall in love with the heroine, Michelle, have mixed feelings about her father, Buddy Miller, and his much younger girlfriend, Chloe. I couldn’t put this book down as I read, sometimes late into the night, as I traveled through an intricate plot with its host of colorful characters. Larry Hippler sometimes unravels the lives of his heroes, Michelle, loveable Mike D, her uncle, Father Jerry, and even Buddy Miller, the main character of his first novel, Cathedral Street.

From the opening chapter with Michelle’s confrontation with Vance Berg, who gets the justice he deserves, to the floor of the state Senate chamber, Michelle captures the hearts of men and women alike. I envision a sequel which will round out a sure-fire winning combo. Run, don’t walk to your bookstore or computer and buy The New Road.
Reviewed by Dawn Anderson 7/18/2010
Larry, I am such a fan of Cathedral Street, and now, I can't wait to get this sequel in my hands!
Reviewed by Jean Pike 7/18/2010
Congratulations Larry!

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