Bernadette’s brother dies unexpectedly and it rocks her whole world. She is stuck in a rut until her sister-in-law comes across a bucket list notebook that her brother had been keeping since they were kids. He was obsessed with all of the quirky landmarks around the country: largest ball of twine, etc.
Bernie decides it would do them all good to take a roadtrip and see all the sights her brother never got to see. She enlists her mother, sister-in-law and best friend on the adventure of a lifetime.
As they embark on this journey, some willing and some unwilling, they learn about the country, each other and themselves.
This was a book club selection.
First of all, this is the sequel to Chasing Rainbows. I did not realize that until I had finished the book. I wish I would have read it first but this book definitely stood alone without having read the first book.
Bernadette is a quirky character. She has lost her father, been cheated on by her fiance, and her brother passed away within a few years. She’s in a rut so when she comes across her brother’s book, it seems like the perfect solution. Take a roadtrip to have closure to her brother’s life and bring them all closer.
I thought the book was an easy, quick read and I enjoyed it. I had visited some of the places in the book so I found some of the facts to be a little off. It wouldn’t bother a random person reading it but I wasn’t sure why you wouldn’t get the little facts right when writing about real tourist attractions. I also thought some of the portions of the plot were not needed. I will be interested to hear the conversation at book club.
The worst part of this book was that it made me want to go on a roadtrip and find adventure. Unfortunately, in the real world, it’s not quite as easy to just get away.