The Breakdown Lane by Jacquelyn Mitchard

The Breakdown Lane

Jacquelyn Mitchard

402 pages first pub 2005 (editions)

fiction contemporary emotional reflective slow-paced


An advice columnist for a local newspaper, Julieanne Gillis dispenses wisdom to her readers, but somehow missed the signs that something was amiss in her own home. Devoted to being a good mother and keeping her twenty-year marriage fresh and excit...

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emotional 100%
hopeful 100%
reflective 100%
funny 50%
informative 50%
inspiring 50%


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Plot- or character-driven?

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Strong character development?

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Loveable characters?

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Diverse cast of characters?

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