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LOVED this book! Read it in one day!!! Amazon Review 5.0 out of 5 stars

This is my first review EVER! As an avid reader nothing pleases me more than reading a book that I CANNOT put down. I found this story so enjoyable and relatable. The beginning had such a great jolt with Paige being dumped off in the middle of nowhere! I loved that there was some romance but that the book didn’t end with some fairytale ending with Al. And truly this book inspired me to get up and put MY running sneakers on! Great job on your first novel… I’ll be looking for your next !!

Witty, interesting, and addictive! Amazon Review 5.0 out of 5 stars
Running Against Traffic” by Gaelen VanDenbergh is a breath of fresh air. I loved this book, which is surprising since I don’t normally like this genre (women’s lit.). But I found it to be witty, interesting, and addictive. It is a wonderful story of a woman rediscovering herself after being left by her husband in a small town.

Talk about character development, the story revolves around Paige learning who she really is and how to stand on her own two feet. She gets herself a job and takes in two boarders to help with the repairs on her house. But the bonds that form between the roommates become the strongest and most meaningful ties for each of them. They each have their own demons that they are battling. But instead of trying to face them on their own, they face them together.

The characters are relatable and lovable! I have to give this one 5 stars. Add this to your list for an up-beat read perfect for a lazy weekend or beach day.


Loved it but wanted more LOVE! Amazon Review 4.0 out of 5 stars

This book will make you think about the friendships you have and whether anyone would truly miss you if you simply disappeared. Paige Davenport seemed to have it made. She had a wealthy husband, lived in the right neighborhood and attended the right parties. She went through the motions of a high class life and never questioned where she came from or where she was going–until the day her husband dropped her off at Wells Lake, a one stop-light town, in front of a dilapidated house.

After a few days of aimless wandering Paige meets Al, a hunkalicious, hot and helpful hero with a heart of gold. He and the rest of the townspeople force Paige to get involved, and before long, Paige began to exercise, care about others, worked hard to refurbish the house and learned to stand on her own. She became a fully integrated member of Well’s Lake and made many friends, especially Bryce and Al, her two roommates, and Deidre, the local town matron.

The story hooked me from the beginning and as I got to know the townsfolk, I began to like them more and more. Paige’s friendship with Al was frustrating and I felt sure they would finally realize they loved each other. And they did, in a sense, but there is more to come. A sequel, Running in Circles, will be out this summer and Al will be playing a prominent role in the story. Hooray!

Pleasantly Surprised Amazon Review 5.0 out of 5 stars
As a man I was surprised when this novel was recommended to me that I would actually enjoy it. My normal genre of book is suspense, thrillers but I found myself invested in the characters and wanting to find out what eventually happened to each of them. The author did an incredible job of not only telling the story of the protagonist but as well of the other leading characters in this novel. Quite a few times I actually caught myself laughing out loud at some of the antics that went on in the book, and that has not happened in a long time. At first glance I thought this was typical chic-lit and would be turned off by it but to my surprise there are deeper issues that are delved into with the main character Paige as well as the supporting characters of Al and Bryce. The bottom line is when a book can keep you up later than you wanted to because you want to find out what happens next, its truly a winner. Impressive debut novel for this author.

Funny and Smart Fish Out of Water Story Amazon Review 5.0 out of 5 stars
Running Against Traffic is a wonderful fish-out-of-water story by first-time novelist Gaelen VanDenbergh. The main character, Paige Davenport, has allowed herself to be defined by her husband and is drifting through life until she suddenly finds herself alone and in a strange and squalid world very unlike the upscale Philadelphia world her husband’s wealth allowed her to exist in previously. The novel follows her into this new world and we watch her struggle, achieve successes and meet with failures, find her place in the world and forced to actually live–with the attending pleasures and pain–for the first time in a long time.

This novel has the kind of juice to it you hope for from a promising first novel. The characters, especially Paige, are complex without being inaccessible. They feel solid. Real. Ms. VanDenbergh paints a quirky but believable tableau of characters and place. A wry humor sweetens Paige’s serious struggles and those of her new friends. And there were parts of the book when that humor provoked out-loud laughing.

I wanted to know what happened to Paige. I wanted to see how she dealt with what her previous choices in life (or perhaps her lack of making choices in her life). I was afraid at first that she would turn out to be a character we would pity but Ms. VanDenbergh avoided that sort of simplicity. Her character were shaped not just by the luck of their lives but by their own choices and the author holds them responsible. That made me really care about these characters and this book. I wanted to see how they did, good or bad. And, as the book progress, even made me want to go for a run myself.

2 Comments

  1. Tani…sorry no newsletters at this time but hopefully in the future.

  2. Sure, that’s fine.

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