The Mother Road
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
Jodi is a former elementary school teacher/curriculum writer turned SAHM. She lives in NH and has three girls ages 8, 6 and 3. Every day is a chaotic surprise in her house and reading is her stress reliever/escape hatch. She has enjoyed reading since she was very little, and loves a wide variety of genres, including everything from classics like Anna Karenina and Pride and Prejudice to sexy, smutty romance. She also enjoys coffee, chocolate, and wine, in that order throughout the day, and is very content any time she can go to the bathroom alone.