Title: A Thousand Miles
Author: Bridget Morrissey
Publication: June 21, 2022
Genre: Women’s Fiction, Romance
SYNOPSIS: (From Goodreads)
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.
**A copy of this book was provided by the publisher via NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.**
I love a good rom-com. Something I can get lost in and completely enjoy. So when this request for the book came across my email and I read the blurb I knew that I wanted to read the book. It seemed like the perfect summer by the pool read. I couldn’t wait to start it. However, some family emergencies I had to attend to caused my delay in reading it but I read it as soon as I was able to get back into the swing of things.
Dee and Ben were the best of friends in high school. They secretly loved each other. They were each other’s “first”. That changed quickly one day in high school and Dee never knew why. Fast forward 10 years, Ben shows up at Dee’s door asking her to go on the road trip that she promised to go on 10 years prior to dig up a time capsule. This leads to a 1000-mile road trip. This book was ABSOLUTELY the best rom-com ever. I would binge-read large sections of the book staying up until all hours of the night reading it because I kept telling myself just one more chapter or page. I loved all the main characters. They didn’t have anything wrong with them that annoyed me. They were relatable on their own level. I think my favorite thing about the book was that it wasn’t never that annoying will they won’t they routine that so many books have. You kind of knew from the writing on the wall that they would totally end up with each other.
I think I liked Dee the best. She knew what she wanted and at times she wasn’t afraid to get what she wanted. When it came to Ben she knew what she wanted and she was going to fight for what she wanted. He wanted her but there was so much between them from high school that they needed to clear up first. He was a lot more tentative with the whole thing than she was. I loved the way the book was broken down by state and the events that happened in each state. I was rolling with the whole escaped cat on the Colorado Rockies baseball field. Just the vision of the cat with the two of them with 5 beers on board chasing the cat had me cracking up. I liked how the 1,000 miles were for the road trip but in my mind, it was also for the 1,000 miles it took to find their way back to each other. It took all that time to find their way back to each other. It wasn’t a quick thing. There is some sex but it’s written in such a way that you know they did it without all the pomp and circumstance that sometimes go with your typical romance book. I will certainly be keeping an eye out for more books by this author I loved her writing style.