The Road to Madison by Elle Spencer is a well-written contemporary romance by an obviously talented author. This is the story of Madison Prescott, the privileged daughter of a wealthy banking CEO, and Ana Perez, the daughter of one of the Prescott’s maids. Both girls started out as best friends and as they grew, this friendship became much more, in spite of Madison’s father. George Madison was a bigoted, evil man who cared for no one but himself and what he thought his legacy should be. We find out though flashbacks the evil he did to these women, starting when they were young girls, to keep them apart. The major part of the story takes place after George Madison dies and most of the damage has been done to Madison and Ana’s relationship. Now the two have to decide if there is any love left and if they can overcome what was done to them. Is George Madison really finished though? Can he still affect these two even from the grave?
This is one angst ridden story! There were moments when I was wondering if I was reading a lesbian version of Romeo and Juliet. Murphy’s Law ran rampant over these two poor women. In spite of this, I was caught up in the story from the very first page and could not put it down. I had to see if Madison and Ana would ever have some kind of happy-ever-after, so I read through this book in almost record time. That is why I say Ms. Spencer is a very talented author. She caught my attention on the first page, and I was compelled to keep reading until the very end. That is the mark of an exceptional writer.
(By the way, I’m definitely glad I read to the end of the book.)
If you love a good contemporary romance that is full of angst, then this is the book for you.
I received an ARC from NetGalley and Bold Strokes Books for an honest review.