Driving With the Top Down

Driving With the Top Down

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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 when 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.
Publisher: New York : St. Martin's Press, 2014
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9781250043801
Branch Call Number: FIC Harbison E
Characteristics: viii, 342 pages ; 25 cm


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SkeeterNeko Jan 29, 2015

Quick read if a little predictable, but when you're cuddled up next to the fire it's a fun read. I was surprised, though, at the editing errors. Was there no proofreader?

LaughingOne Oct 13, 2014

I have no idea where the description in this library listing came from -- certainly not from the book I read. There was a Colleen who has only one kid and the others aren't in this book. I did like the story I read, about Colleen who took a road trip south to look for items to clean up, paint, sell through her home business. Her niece Tamara ended up going with her. They did run into someone in a diner along the way; it was Colleen's old college best friend Bitty. There are some great bits in this book as each character reveals more about her inner self as they travel along. The ending wraps up a bit too smoothly (and predictable) for me, yet it was happy, and I am a sucker for happy endings. This is a fast read and fun.


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