The Mother Road by Meghan Quinn

The Mother Road
Meghan Quinn
Romantic Comedy
Create Space Independent Publishing
January 5, 2016
e-book, paperback, audiobook
358

Never in a million years would I have pictured myself as an axe-wielding, dragon lady, chopping up multi-colored flannel shirts into my very own plaid mulch. But here I am, chopping away my frustrations.

It all started when my brother, Paul, convinced me to go on one last family road trip across the Mother Road with him and my dad.. Just like old times, right? Wrong. What Paul fails to mention is his best man, Porter, will be joining us, who just so happens to be my childhood crush and the man who broke my heart four years ago.

What is supposed to be a fun, family bonding experience across Route 66 turns into a war of pranks, awkward moments and bathrooms full of dirty flannel shirts and day old beard clippings. Paul’s know-it-all attitude and Porter’s devilish charm brings me to the brink of my sanity on my seven day trek across the United States with three bearded men in a small 1980’s RV.

A completely unexpected and amazing trip in so many ways…

This book had me all over the map emotionally- and I loved it. It had me cracking up and even gasping with some of the raunchy, over the top humor liberally sprinkled throughout. And it had me tearing up, even sobbing at some of the deeper and more touching parts. I also absolutely loved every character in this book.

Fashion blogger and spitfire Marley has moved to California, far from the family farm in upstate New York. Her brother Paul, a former Army veteran, who is also a bit of a drama queen and know-it-all, and her dad, Bernie, a sweet bear of a man, who has a penchant for yelling out the names of former presidents when startled or upset, show up at her door in their 1980s camper to take one last road trip before Paul’s impending nuptials. They will travel the Mother Road, Route 66, as an homage to their mother/wife, who has passed away, and who ruled over every road trip they had ever done with kindness, a bit of structure, games, and of course lots of hot dogs. But a surprise guest will join them for the journey. Porter Smith, Paul’s best friend, the honorary son, and Marley’s first (and still) love has been invited to come along for the ride.

The trip is full of over the top pranks, hilarious games (Would you Funyun?), stinky bathrooms, less than healthy food, family bonding, crazy sight seeing and oh yeah, a slow burn to super hot romance for the ages. Marley and Porter have history, and it’s super rocky. But they can’t keep their feelings, or their hands, to themselves. But Porter is convinced that he’s not enough for Marley. And Marley is dubious, having been abandoned by Porter before.

But there are these EPIC lines and conversations that Meghan Quinn has written and it is JUST SO MOVING. I don’t want to give it all away, but this book BLEW ME AWAY. I had no idea what to expect, but it was definitely NOT what I got. I got SO MUCH MORE. This family and this story and this ending are just everything. I have nothing else to say, but read it. You may cry, but you won’t regret it. #Noregrets

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