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3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 3.00 (3,746 ratings) (rate this audio book) Author: Barbara Delinsky Narrator: Howard McGillin Publisher: Simon & Schuster Audio Format: Abridged Audiobook Delivery: Instant Download Audio Length: Release Date: July 1998 ISBN: 9780743567930
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Coast Road. Where life's greatest gifts come to us by accident.

Rachel Keats and Jack McGill were artists, deeply in love when they married, until the rush of life took its toll. After ten years of marriage, they divorced and went their separate ways. Jack stayed in San Francisco. Rachel moved with their two young daughters to Big Sur.

Six years later, an alarming middle-of-the-night phone call demands that Jack put aside his own busy life and career as a leading architect to rush to his ex-wife's hospital bed. While she lies lifeless, Jack maintains a bedside vigil and finds himself getting to know Rachel better than he ever did—through their daughters, her friends, and, even more revealingly, through her art. Meanwhile, the beauty and grace of the redwood canyon where she has made their home also work their own special alchemy upon Jack. He begins to see Rachel, his daughters, and the story of his marriage with new eyes.

Coast Road celebrates those things in life that matter most—the kinship of neighbors, the companionship of friends, and the irreplaceable time spent with children and family. In this masterful new novel, Barbara Delinsky depicts with exquisite accuracy the ties that bind each of us to those people and places we hold most dear.

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Quotes & Awards

  • “In the famed romantic tradition that only Barbara Delinsky can deliver, you’ll meet emotion-packed characters who make you forget whatever it was you were doing before you picked up Coast Road.” 

    Amazon.com, editorial review

  • “A remarkable journey…Delinsky delves deeper into the human heart and spirit with each new novel.” 

    Cincinnati Enquirer 

  • “A realistic portrayal of difficult emotional situations.” 

    School Library Journal

  • “Confirms Delinsky as a major player in women’s fiction.” 

    Library Journal 

  • “Delinsky delivers an emotion-packed journey of truth and redemption, firmly cementing her status as a best-selling writer of top-notch books.” 

    Booklist

  • A New York Times Bestseller

Listener Opinions

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Marion | 2/15/2014

    " kind of a predictable romantic ending, but good book "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Judi Dearmond | 2/14/2014

    " My all time fav by Ms. Delinsky. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Rena | 2/14/2014

    " Very interesting from the first page to the last. My kind of read. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Denise | 2/12/2014

    " This book is a divorced woman's dream. While incapacitated, her ex "steps up to the plate" and takes over her life, all the while learning about who she really is and the real reasons why their marriage failed. A sub plot about a woman's struggle to become intimate after undergoing a double masectomy was really interesting too. All in all and good read, but a little naiive in some parts. A second read for me. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kathy | 2/5/2014

    " Delinsky does it again by making us really care about her characters. Jack McGill learns why his marriage failed initially by caring for his comatose ex wife and getting to know her friends. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Natalya | 2/2/2014

    " Took a while to get going, got better towards the end. The kids were done very well, but when the tragedy strikes from the very beginning of novel, I find it hard to relate to the grief of characters I know so little about. I thought the Katherine/Steve story was poignant, he was a very vivid character. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Heather Saathoff | 1/30/2014

    " This one of my very favorite books of all times . This book gave me the love of reading books . "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Amanda | 1/27/2014

    " This book is very emotional - so don't read unless you want to cry. And I was surprised that there was quite a few F-words. Irritated me!!! But by that point I was so sucked in to the story line, that I had to keep going. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shauna | 1/26/2014

    " I felt like I could have spent my time doing or reading something better. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren~ | 1/20/2014

    " Really liked this book, a woman is in trouble and how her life changes. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Eva | 1/13/2014

    " It was refreshing to read women's fiction that had such a well-developed male character. Lovely to see his growth and regret.Delinsky creates real worlds for me to visit and this was no exception. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jill | 1/6/2014

    " Ok book, but I couldn't get into it and didn't really feel for the characters. I had listened to other books by this author and really enjoyed them. I am not sure if these books are just better to listen to or if this story wasn't as interesting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Shannon | 12/31/2013

    " A book about second chances. It was a good book. HEr stories are very uplifting. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Anna | 12/27/2013

    " I guess it's odd to give a book four stars when you can't remember it a week later. I think it was fun in a chick lit sort of way... "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Pmcdnld2 | 12/1/2013

    " Not too believable but a nice read if you believe in "happily ever after." Ex-husband comes to the rescue when wife is seriously injured in an accident "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kimberly | 11/7/2013

    " I really liked this novel. It was slow in some parts. "

  • 3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5 Dawn | 10/6/2013

    " This book was very enjoyable. I loved the idea that even after you have given up on love, it is still simmering sometimes, and when the time is right it will work itself out and you can have a Fairy tale ending after all! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Joe Prentis | 6/27/2013

    " Barbara Delinsky is an absolute master at family related themes. Her books never involve over the top plots, but are still able to keep you glued to the edge of your seat while turning page after page. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Erin Carr | 5/2/2013

    " This was entertaining, but if it were shorter, it would have had the same meaning. I still like this author, she is entertaining. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kristen | 3/4/2013

    " I enjoyed every minute of this book. It causes you to think about what priorities in life should be, about life and love. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 2/21/2013

    " I read this on a cruise and though it was an emotional book, it was a good, light read that held my interest 'til the end. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Msulic Polsinellicom | 1/12/2013

    " read years ago. very good "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharrah | 9/25/2012

    " Very heartwarming. This could captivate the hearts of its readers... the inspirations and messages that it conveys for the readers shoot the target. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Sherri | 9/13/2012

    " Another good emotional story that lets me forget my problems for a while. I usually read her books in a day or two and they put me in a good mood. I don't mind that most end the way that I know that they will, that is why I read it! I don't want to analyze, I just want to enjoy. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Teresa | 8/6/2012

    " This was a really good book and easy read. It's a nice love story about priorities. The only thing I didn't like was the occational swear word that I didn't feel was necessary. "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Jackie | 6/18/2012

    " Not well written. Certain phrases repeated many times. Predictable. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina | 5/15/2012

    " This was a good book, I really enjoy this author's writing! will definitely read more of her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sarah | 11/2/2011

    " I don't know why, but I loved this book. It's been four years since I read it, and I should probably read it again to see if I still feel the same way. I've read other books by this author and haven't liked them as much. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Heidi | 8/30/2011

    " Another great Delinsky book!!! I am a sucker for a good love story, esp. one in which love was supposedly dead but was just in hibernation :) renewal and reconciliation are what this book is about. Loved it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 6/29/2011

    " LOVED this book. It was interesting to read about a location that is so close to home. I felt like I was there when the author described the setting of the story. This book is engaging and I loved seeing the different characters develop. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Nina | 5/30/2011

    " This was a good book, I really enjoy this author's writing! will definitely read more of her books. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Jeniblue | 5/2/2011

    " My favorite because it takes place in ana are where I grew up and am very familiar with "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Betsy | 3/24/2011

    " Enjoying this. Can lend it to another Nook reader if anyone wants it. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Booklover | 3/18/2011

    " liked the story but it was too long,story was nice how hero tries to win back his family and my complaint with the heroin was she left without saying anything she should have talked before leaving

    Even liked the side story along with main hero-heroin story
    Recommend it "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Linda | 12/26/2010

    " I read this a long time ago and really liked it. It was different, as the main character was male and dealt just as much on his relationship with his two daughters as it did on the love story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stephanie | 12/1/2010

    " LOVED this book. It was interesting to read about a location that is so close to home. I felt like I was there when the author described the setting of the story. This book is engaging and I loved seeing the different characters develop. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Lauren | 11/15/2010

    " Really liked this book, a woman is in trouble and how her life changes. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Dragonfly | 10/31/2010

    " Loved this book, about a recovery after an accident and life changing events for one woman. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sharrah | 10/26/2010

    " Very heartwarming. This could captivate the hearts of its readers... the inspirations and messages that it conveys for the readers shoot the target. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Kate | 10/14/2010

    " This is one of my favorites from my bookshelf. This book is very heartwarming. It makes you realize the importance of love and unity in a family. This is very well-crafted. And I gotta give it two thumbs up! "

  • 2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5 Shauna | 10/8/2010

    " I felt like I could have spent my time doing or reading something better. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Stefanie | 9/18/2010

    " What a great love story :) This is a story that shows some people can really change and figure out what is important in life! "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 B. Lynn | 9/4/2010

    " I seldom drive to Big Sur without thinking of this story. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Kim | 8/24/2010

    " I read this on a cruise and though it was an emotional book, it was a good, light read that held my interest 'til the end. "

  • 4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5 Camandwmm | 8/8/2010

    " Rachel has a serious car accident and it certainly changes the lives of her family as she struggles to hold onto life. "

  • 5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5 Sherrie | 8/6/2010

    " LOVED this book. It has a nice twist and I liked the evolution of the characters. "

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About the Author
Author Barbara Delinsky

Barbara Delinsky, author of Escape, Not My Daughter, While My Sister Sleeps, The Secret Between Us, and Family Tree, has written more than twenty bestselling novels with over thirty million copies in print. After being diagnosed with breast cancer, she also wrote a nonfiction book, Uplift: Secrets From the Sisterhood of Breast Cancer Survivors, which is currently in its fifth printing. All of the proceeds from the book go to charity, which funds an ongoing research fellowship at Massachusetts General Hospital. A lifelong New Englander, Delinsky earned a BA in psychology from Tufts University and an MA in sociology from Boston College.

About the Narrator

Howard McGillin is a Tony-nominated stage, screen, and television actor who is best known for his role as John Jasper in Drood and for being the world’s longest-running Phantom in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s The Phantom of the Opera. He lives in New York.