Published by Lake Union Publishing on May 23, 2017
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Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a tank in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean with her cat—on a mission to reclaim what’s rightfully hers, even if it means making others pay for what she lost.
When fifteen-year-old Allie’s parents are jailed for tax fraud, she’s sent to a group home. But when her life is threatened by another resident, she knows she has to get out. She escapes only to find she has nowhere to go—until fate throws Allie in Bea’s path.
Reluctant to trust each other, much less become friends, the two warily make their way up the Pacific Coast. Yet as their hearts open to friendship and love from the strangers they meet on their journey, they find the courage to forge their own unique family—and begin to see an imperfect world with new eyes.
This is the second book I have read by Catherine Ryan Hyde and I have to say I enjoyed both books a lot. I love both Bea and Allie and I especially enjoyed their unlikely friendship. There were times when Bea bothered me a little bit with her crotchety ways but as the book went on and you learn more about her she becomes very endearing. Allie helped Bea open up and Bea was there when Allie needed someone the most. It is a wonderful story of people coming into your life at the perfect moment. This is a great book if you want something light and refreshing to read. A perfect vacation book. Also I don’t know about you but taking a van and making it into a little mobile home to travel sounds so blissful to me. I always say when I read a book and the last line makes me smile it is the mark of a good book. This one did just that.
“I’ve had a lot of worries in my life, most of which never happened.”
“They reminded her what it meant to allow someone into your life. You see something you like in a man, so you ask him in, but what comes in is all of him. Not only the parts you took a liking to, but the many parts that don’t fit with you at all. That’s always the way it worked.”
“But people can change. And sometimes they can change because of what they see in you. The way you are can inspire somebody. So I would say . . . just be a really good, clear example of what you hope both of you can be.”
“After all, you can’t know what’s happening inside a person while they stare. You can only imagine. And imagination can be a highly fear-based phenomenon.”