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Three Roads Home – Travis Thrasher

 

Three roads converged in a single book,
Three stories of first love and second chances.
Only an author like Travis Thrasher
Can make me enjoy Christian contemporary romances.

Three Roads Home is a collection of three separate love stories of three couples who are able to grow in their love even while going through the storms of life. Relationships must be restored, hearts must be mended, the meaning of true love must be discovered, and through it all Travis Thrasher writes from the heart.

Let’s be honest, Christian romance – or any kind of romance – isn’t exactly a genre I read a lot in. But in a genre that all too often focuses on the physical and the ideal, Travis focuses on the spiritual and doesn’t shy away from realism. That’s part of what makes his books appealing, regardless of which genre he’s writing in.

The first story is Somebody, which tells the tale of Charissa and Trevor. Harsh and angry words were spoken and left unresolved before Trevor left on his business trip, and now Trevor’s flight has crashed over the Atlantic. While Charissa waits to see if her husband is among the survivors, she relives the circumstances that brought her and Trevor together and contemplate how they went from such an in-love couple to what just might have been their last argument.

In Care Of seems to be Thrasher’s writer’s manifesto in a way. The main character, author Stephen Conroy, has a lot of say about writing, and you see Thrasher’s own writing philosophy shine through a bit. When Stephen receives a fan letter from an old flame, he must face the temptation of confronting the love of his past without compromising his current and future love.

Still Life at Sunset features Anna Williams returning to her hometown to face her troubled past. She runs into an old love from her past who tries once more to win her heart. Old wounds are opened, and will either be healed or scarred anew. I’m still smiling at how this one ends.

As a whole, this is an interesting collection of stories. Thrasher displays his writing prowess by writing each story with a different technique (either in person or tense). He also subtly pays homage to characters from previous books, connecting his stories in fun ways. (Yes, Travis, I noticed your reference to The Watermark.)

Despite my poor attempt at poetry above, the sentiment it contains is true. Thrasher has the ability to write whatever he wants to write in a fascinating and compelling way that always manages to strike a theme that is both clear and relevant.

Mini Q&A with Travis

Josh: How did a unique project like Three Roads Home come your way?

Travis: I always thought of my first two novels as part of a “Letters Trilogy.” So I began writing a third novel that I titled Somebody. My publisher wanted to see how those first two love stories did in terms of sales (such is the life of every writer), so I had to wait. But I really wanted to follow up with another novel so I shopped Somebody around. Waterbrook Press came back to me and asked about doing an omnibus. I was like, an omni-what? But it was great – three short stories around a similar theme. Three for the price of one, in my mind.

Josh: In In Care Of, the main character’s name is Stephen Conroy. My guess is you chose that name for a reason. Why?

Travis: Yeah, so NOT obvious. Normally I’m a little more subtle. I based this off my two favorite authors: Stephen King and Pat Conroy. Stephen Conroy’s books have showed up in a few other of my novels. Kinda fun to start your own universe like that.

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  • Megan

    This three in one book sounds really cool. (:

  • Kelsie

    I have a romance, three-in-one book like this at home, but it’s by an author I’d never heard of and it wasn’t that good, so now I want to get this one too :)

  • Jacob

    This book does indeed seem interesting.

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