Aug 29, 2012

Book Review: One for the Road

D’Anne Palmer and her husband had a life others dream of—traveling the US in a luxury forty-foot motor coach, going where they wanted. Suddenly, D’Anne finds herself a widow with her only asset being the motor home. Without funds to return to California, she decides to hire out the RV.

Tyler White was a “one-hit-wonder” ten years ago. At a crossroads, he decides to attempt a comeback. He’s hoping the three-week tour he’s put together will reignite his career. All he needs now is some cheap transportation, and the widow with the RV might just fit the bill.

D’Anne and Tyler discover a lot about themselves—and each other—as they journey from Nashville to Las Vegas, via Texas, with the band and Tyler’s dog. Can close quarters really help a has-been singer on the comeback trail and a widow with California style find love?

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First of all. let's make it clear.  I can't stand country music and the lifestyle utterly baffles me.  So needless to say, I became a little wary when I discovered that Tyler was a country singer.  But I  had committed myself  to reading ONE FOR THE ROAD.  And I absolutely loved it!

I think what impressed me the most was how real everything is: the characters, the situations that they find themselves in, their worries, concerns and emotions.  D'Anne starts out as a middle aged soccer mom who needs to find a way to get back home.  She is very closed off and cautious.  You can see her blossoming as she worries about crow's feet.  Tyler is a country gentleman through and through with a prescription for Viagra.  The rest of the band are unusual to say the least.

ONE FOR THE ROAD is a fantastic book that doesn't shy away from the concerns of middle age romance.  This is totally refreshing.  I mean, seriously, when you read young adult you hear about teenage angst.  Let's show the other side of it more often.

I rate this book a 5.

***Book was a gift.


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