Thursday, October 20, 2016

Driving on the Left by Gail Ward Olmsted

Paperback, 262 pages
Published August 2nd 2016 by Jericho Road Press
Like Mother, Like Daughter?

A summer fling changed the entire course of Jackie Sullivan’s life. Back then, she trusted her instincts and took a chance on love. Now she’s at a crossroads and has a big decision to make. How much is she willing to sacrifice for the man she loves?

Her daughter Becca’s got her own problem- a secret that could threaten her carefully planned-out future. Romance is the last thing on her mind this summer.

Jackie and Becca planned to explore the beautiful Irish countryside during a relaxing vacation, but when Becca falls for tour guide Sean, she wants to explore much more. Will Becca resist temptation or follow in her mother’s footsteps? Sean may be just too good to pass up.

This book is for anyone who believes in the power of love and its ability to make you all sorts of crazy. Written as a sequel to JEEP TOUR, it can be enjoyed as a standalone read as well.

My Thoughts…

The relationship between Jackie and Becca was interesting.   They are mother and daughter, they seem very close, and they are going on an overseas vacation together.   I saw so much of myself in Jackie, the mother.   The need to control, make decisions, and question Becca’s actions are something that I find in myself.    It does drive my family crazy sometimes just as it drove Becca crazy sometimes.     As with most mothers Jackie was worried that Becca was going to follow in her footsteps and make mistakes.   But in my mind Jackie didn’t make mistakes, she made choices that were what she needed in the different situations.   These choices pushed her to be the person she is today.    I felt like Becca had her life together, sure she could have done some things different but overall she was living a good, healthy, and happy life.     I believe this is called living. 

The story itself is wonderful.    Sean is a great tour guide, although I would have loved to have more description of what was being shared during the tours.    I felt the interactions between the characters were realistic, the friendships believable, and the arguments realistic.        Although this is the story of Becca and Jackie, the other characters on the tour had their stories to tell and I enjoyed them also.    

Driving on the Left is a cute, fun story for someone looking for a love story with wonderful family dynamics.  

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