Lead the Way by Brittany Carter

Author Brittany Carter
Title Lead the Way 
Genre contemporary, NA, romance
Number of pages 243
Published April 22nd, 2019 by Swoon Romance

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Fresh off the high of college graduation, Melody James is back in her Podunk town. She needs a job, but first, she’ll spend a lazy summer with no agenda at all.
But life’s got other plans for Melody, ones she’d sooner ignore. When the next-door neighbor passes away, his son returns home to take care of his affairs. Thane Cohen hasn’t been home in ten years. The last time he was, someone accused him of murdering Melody’s parents. Now, after major efforts to recover his self-worth and start a construction company, Thane wonders if enough time has passed for him to clear his once good name.
At the time of the murders, Melody was the only person who didn’t believe Thane was responsible. But how could she even suggest otherwise when just about everyone in town was convinced of Thane’s guilt? Her brothers would never allow it. With nothing to lose before, Thane packed up and left, leaving the town and Melody behind. Now that he’s back, rekindling an old flame in Melody and proving his innocence are critical.
When several car windshields get broken and fires start unexpectedly, the world inside their little town is tossed upside down. With Melody’s brother against her, and Thane fighting every attempt she makes at breaking down his walls, Melody’s push for answers leads her to a frightening conclusion. Thane may actually know more about her parents’ death than she was lead to believe. Can she trust him, or has everyone else been right about him all along? Only time will tell if she can let love lead the way.

*Author previously wrote under the name, Alla Kar


In the start, the book reads like a classic romance, but I was very surprised by the depth and the issues that the story dealt with. It was amazingly done. :)

Melody's parents were murdered and for some reason, her brothers always blamed the neighbors' kid, even after he was cleared by the police. She comes home from college, for she hoped will be carefree summer. Thane neighbors kid comes back after ten years, because of the death of his father and the entire town is hell-bent on driving him out. Melody shows him kindness. He sparks her interest and she in him, but literally everyone is against him and the idea of them. 

It's a fun story about love finding a way (😁) through all the obstacles, full of swoony romance, but also deals with deeper issues. It's such a complex story, especially the very last part, I didn't expect it. 

Highly recommend it, I was glued to the pages till the end. :)

Happy reading,


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  1. Great review, Anie! This sounds like a really well written read with a cute romance and substance! Glad you liked it! :)

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