Driving with the top down

Elizabeth M. Harbison

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Published
New York : St. Martin's Press 2014.
Edition
First edition
Language
English
Physical Description
viii, 342 pages ; 25 cm
ISBN
9781250043801
1250043808
Main Author
Elizabeth M. Harbison (-)
Review by Booklist Reviews

Colleen Bradley isn't allowed to join her husband and son on their "guys' week," so she plans an antiquing trip to restock her store, Junk and Disorderly. Her plans for productive solitude are interrupted by the presence of her jailbird niece, Tamara, who cannot be trusted home alone while her father travels for work. Their tentative good time is interrupted when, at Colleen's favorite college diner, they run into Bitty Nolan Camalier, who was once Colleen's best friend. Bitty is not there just for the pie, though; she's preparing her suicide note. But then Bitty's car gets stolen, and Tam, sensing something is wrong, encourages Colleen to invite her along, no matter how weird she is. Bad music, junk food, and drunken trips down memory lane—not all of them fond—accompany the women to Florida and back. Some of the ending comes out of nowhere, but it's an enjoyable ride. Tam and Colleen are relatable, and Bitty coming out of her shell is a wonder to behold. Readers will want to pack this road-trip book in their beach bags. Copyright 2014 Booklist Reviews.

Review by Library Journal Reviews

When Dara and Colleen head on a two-week antiquing trip, they don't know that they will be offering a ride to nondescript Jonnie. Or that Jonnie is on the run after poisoning her quick-fisted husband. [Page 63]. (c) Copyright 2014. Library Journals LLC, a wholly owned subsidiary of Media Source, Inc. No redistribution permitted.

Review by Publisher Summary 1

"Two friends go on an antiquing road trip and get more than they bargained for when they pick up a third, stranded woman in this hilarious and heartwarming novel"--

Review by Publisher Summary 2

In an attempt to rediscover joy in her life, Colleen Bradley takes an antiquing road trip down the East Coast with her old friend Bitty and teenager Tamara, where the three women learn about true friendship.

Review by Publisher Summary 3

Running a monthly tag sale on her inherited Maryland farmette, Dara embarks on a thrift-shop road trip to Florida with new friend Colleen and has more adventure than anticipated when they pick up down-on-her-luck Jonnie, who hides a terrible secret. By the best-selling author of Secrets of a Shoe Addict.

Review by Publisher Summary 4

Three women, two weeks, one convertible: sometimes life doesn't take you in the direction you expect... Colleen Bradley is married with a teenage son, a modest business repurposing and reselling antiques, and longtime fear that she was not her husband's first choice. When she decides to take a road trip down the east coast to check out antique auctions for her business, she also has a secret ulterior motive. Her one-woman mission for peace of mind is thrown slightly off course when sixteen year old Tamara becomes her co-pilot. The daughter of Colleen's brother-in-law, Tamara is aware that people see her as a screw-up, but she knows in her heart that she's so much more. She just wishes her father could see it, too. The already bumpy trip takes another unexpected turn when they stop at the diner that served as Colleen's college hangout and run into her old friend, Bitty Nolan Camalier. Clearly distressed, Bitty gives them a story full of holes: angry with her husband, she took off on her own, only to have her car stolen. Both Colleen and Tamara sense that there's more that Bitty isn't sharing, but Colleen offers to give Bitty a ride to Florida.So one becomes two becomes three as Colleen, Tamara, and Bitty make their way together down the coast. It's a road trip fraught with tension as Tamara's poor choices come back to haunt her and Bitty's secrets reach a boiling point. With no one to turn to but each other, these three women might just discover that you can get lost in life but somehow, true friends provide a roadmap to finding what you're really looking for.