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Monday, December 22, 2008

'Queen of the Road' Book Review

Queeen of the Road is a unique collection of events about one woman's trip across country with her husband, dog and two cats in a bus of a motorhome.

From the book: “A pampered Long Island princess hits the road in a converted bus with her wilderness-loving husband, travels the country for one year, and brings it all hilariously to life in this offbeat and romantic memoir.

Doreen and Tim are married psychiatrists with a twist: She’s a self-proclaimed Long Island princess, grouchy couch potato, and shoe addict. He’s an affable, though driven, outdoorsman. When Tim suggests “chucking it all” to travel cross-country in a converted bus, Doreen asks, “Why can’t you be like a normal husband in a midlife crisis and have an affair or buy a Corvette?” But she soon shocks them both, agreeing to set forth with their sixty-pound dog, two querulous cats—and no agenda—in a 340-square-foot bus.

Queen of the Road is Doreen’s offbeat and romantic tale about refusing to settle; about choosing the unconventional road with all the misadventures it brings (fire, flood, armed robbery, and finding themselves in a nudist RV park, to name just a few). The marvelous places they visit and delightful people they encounter have a life-changing effect on all the travelers, as Doreen grows to appreciate the simple life, Tim mellows, and even the pets pull together. Best of all, readers get to go along for the ride through forty-seven states in this often hilarious and always entertaining memoir, in which a boisterous marriage of polar opposites becomes stronger than ever.”

Normally, this is not my type of book to read. I am one who likes murder mysteries or suspens thrillers. However, this book really made me laugh and cry (tears fo joy). The book is very easy to read and without a doubt you will get sucked into the story. However, every now and then thoughts will jump from one to another. This can be a bit confusing but you will not get lost. There is the occasional use of profanity but it doesn't distract from the story. I love how you learn a little history as well. Doreen and I defintely see eye-to-eye regarding spiders, lol. I actually think it would be fun to take a long road trip in a hug bus with all the amenities.

Overall, I give Queen of the Road two thumbs up!


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Kimberly said...

I read this book too and have to agree that it was AWESOME! I also give it two thumbs up.