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Wednesday, July 25, 2012

"The Mother Road"

The Mother Road by Jennifer Allee, AF, 2012, ebook Kindle edition, 288p, rating=4
Source: purchased

A New Road Home--or Another Dead End?
Within the course of a week, marriage expert Natalie is dumped by her husband, receives an urgent call home from her father, and discovers her estranged sister, Lindsay, is pregnant.
A road trip on Route 66 may not help, but it sure couldn't hurt. Or so Natalie thinks, until Lindsay's boyfriend starts stalking them. Will their trip down the Mother Road bring the two sisters closer together, or turn out to be the biggest wrong turn of their lives? (Goodreads)

I'm a sucker for books about sisters so I was thrilled to catch this for free at the Kindle Store (Amazon).  I wasn't disappointed.  It dealt with rough situations (infidelity, infertility, divorce, misconceptions, Alzheimer's) but as expected, the road trip to the mother road (Route 66) gave these sisters the bond they needed to square their lives.  See, Natalie, the older sister, the marriage expert novelist who just got dumped by her husband for a younger woman (his assistant, no less) needed a breather, especially after the fiasco on her lecture engagement.  Lindsay, the rebellious, pregnant, younger sister also could use a fresh air after not getting anywhere with her unemployed, musician boyfriend.  Hey, how about a visit to dear ol' parents?  Of course Lindsay doesn't want to fly so off to a road trip instead.  Having been awhile since the sisters have seen each other, Natalie was surprised and ambivalent to see Lindsay pregnant ..oh did I forget to mention that Natalie had been trying unsuccessfully to have a child?  Then of course, Natalie wasn't jazzed about father-boyfriend so she went to older sister mode and wanted Lindsay out of the relationship.  This was going to be a fun trip!

It was a fun trip.  Both the road trip and the read.  There was enough tidbits about Route 66 to be interested but I like that the story focused on the family mechanics.  It made for a relatable and tender read.  Plus, the supporting characters did an excellent job and helped make this a funny read as well.  In the end, you will find comfort in appreciating life as is, bad and good.

By the way, they passed by my city but I wasn't home so they went on their merry way! Shucks!! ;)

1 comment:

  1. Jajaja! I missed them when they started their trip in Santa Monica. I might have noticed who stole their car ;)

    Glad you liked the book.


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