Get swept into a summer of sunshine, soul-searching and shameless matchmaking with this delightfully big-hearted road trip adventure!
Kathleen is eighty years old. After she has a run-in with an intruder, her daughter wants her to move in to a residential home. But she’s not having any of it. What she craves—what she needs—is adventure.
Liza is drowning under the daily stress of family life. The last thing she needs is her mother jetting off on a wild holiday, making Liza long for a solo summer of her own.
Martha is having a quarter-life crisis. Unemployed, unloved and uninspired, she just can’t get her life together. But she knows something has to change.
When Martha sees Kathleen’s advertisement for a driver and companion to share an epic road trip across America with, she decides this job might be the answer to her prayers. She’s not the world’s best driver, but anything has to be better than living with her parents. And traveling with a stranger? No problem. Anyway, how much trouble can one eighty-year-old woman be?
As these women embark on the journey of a lifetime, they all discover it’s never too late to start over.
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Fly Girl’s Review
My first Chick Lit in I’m not sure how long, but it seems forever and a day ago. I loved the blurb and wanted to see if the road trip was as fun as it sounded. I wasn’t disappointed, but it wasn’t exactly what I thought it was going to be about. Part of me felt it was going to be a little bit Rom-Com and really about the road trip. It wasn’t about the road trip at all, but about four people overcoming fears in their lives and shucking the expectations others were putting on them and there was no comedy at all. Well, maybe one or two scenes.
This is an emotional rollercoaster with twists, turns, blind curves, black holes, and switchbacks. Quite the journey for four people to take in one book. Although they are all tied together each one is on a different ride. The romance is flimsy at best with only one real romance happening for the two youngest, however it isn’t so much about love as it is each of them helping the other find their groove. The declarations of love come from the older couple who are working to get their marriage back on track, to be in the same car together rather than separate cars on the same road. The person I thought was going to give us the comedic part, turned out to be reflecting on regrets she had in life and reconciling that had she not taken the path she did, she never would have been with the one.
The two most interesting people are the mother and daughter who are both emotionally stunted from things the mother did long before her daughter came along. The mother is smart woman and had been alone for 5 years, so I’m not sure why she needed all the reflection on a road trip she spent in the back seat of a cramped car on to realize her life turned out how it should have and things might have been very different had she taken the other path; regrets are better left in the past and forgiven than left to fester. That felt like the wrong setting for her to have the reflections and epiphanies she did.
The daughter on the other hand all of a sudden gets a backbone to stand up to her family who is taking her for granted for the last 10 years. I’m not sure I buy that. I do think the reflections she had once alone were spot on, but she never really had an epiphany through them and that was a little disturbing. It took her husband coming around for her to have her epiphanies and make a plan. I just don’t think the setting was right for her to have made such progress. Also, everything happens over the course of two to three weeks.
All in all, the emotion, inner dialogue and epiphanies were great, it was the setups of the stories that didn’t really fit the emotional rollercoaster. There was a lot of weird dialogue and mind reading I didn’t get either. The scenery was well researched having travelled Route 66 myself, but there was no connection with the scenery or the trip itself it was just there with no personality or intervention in the story. For these reasons I’m only giving this one a 3 of 5. If you love emotional rollercoasters and are looking for some light reading this one might be up your alley.
3 of 5 Propellers
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Sarah Morgan is a Sunday Times and USA Today bestselling author of contemporary romance and women’s fiction. She has sold over 18 million copies of her books, and her trademark humour and warmth have gained her fans across the globe. Her books have been translated into 28 languages and have earned her starred reviews from Publishers Weekly, Booklist and Library Journal.
Sarah lives near London, and when she isn’t reading or writing she loves spending time outdoors, walking or riding her mountain bike. She frequently stops to take photographs, much to the annoyance of her family.
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