This is the story of a woman who took on family responsibility at far too young of an age and rather gave up her own life. Never traveled out of state, went to work for her father, etc.
One day she bids on a storage locker and when she wins it, she finds a burial urn with ashes that never made it home to New Mexico. Suddenly, at 35, she breaks loose and plans a rode trip to return a stranger's ashes.
This is a bit of a "rambly" story, heading off into unneeded side streets of dialogue and filler paragraphs. I found myself losing interest in spots as I hit pages that wandered off the path into dead ends of storyline. This is a nice novel that could have been more streamlined in it's telling.
Paperback: 320 pages
Publisher: Berkley (January 10, 2017)
Driving from North Carolina to New Mexico with her three-legged dog, a
strange man’s ashes, and a waitress named Blossom riding shotgun isn’t
exactly what Alissa Wells ever wanted to be doing. But it’s exactly what
It all starts when Alissa impulsively puts a
bid on an abandoned storage unit, only to become the proud new owner of
Roger Hart’s remains. Two weeks later, she jumps in her car and heads
west, thinking that returning the ashes of a dead man might be the first
step on her way to a new life.
She isn’t wrong.
Especially when Blossom, who just graduated from high school, hitches a
ride with her to Texas, and Alissa has to get used to letting someone
else take the wheel. Posting about their road trip on Facebook, complete
with photos of Roger at every stop, Blossom opens Alissa’s eyes to the
road in front of her—and to how sometimes the best things in life are
the ones you never see coming…