August Shroeder is out for the summer. He is a burned out teacher, who has lost his passion for teaching, an alcoholic who has not touched alcohol since his 19-year-old son died. He is on his way to Yellowstone National Park, when his vehicle breaks down. In his carefully budgeted life, he doesn’t have much manoeuver for unexpected expenses like a broken down vehicle. As he gets hold of a mechanic to fix his RV, the only concern is that he shouldn’t be ripped off. Little does he realise that his life is about to change more than he could ever imagine.
Before he knows it, he is touring around with two little boys, the mechanic’s sons. That summer turns out to be a summer that he or the boys would never forget. A summer they will cherish, a summer that gives them the hope that things are not all bleak, the summer which carries them through the rest of their lives, the summer that charted the course of the rest of their lives, in many ways.
A beautifully written book. I struggle for words to describe it. A book about flawed characters, not bad, or evil, just flawed characters, desperate situations, just life, which is so difficult to predict, control or change and the way people react to life and the challenges it throws them. The aftermaths and consequences of decisions, lifestyles that have an everlasting impact on those around them. A story that will touch your soul. It isn’t a path breaking one or even a story with a great twist or anything, but it is a story that will definitely stay with me. August’s loneliness and heartbreak, the boys’ with their defiant self reliance, or their father with his stubborn refusal to see the things right in front of him. A story that makes you wish people would see how they let their lives go. I particularly loved the way it ended, the hope that it ended on.
This book, in my opinion, is a perfect Book Club book. One which you could analyse from so many angles, one which gives you so much food for thought. It is the sort of book, I wished I could discuss with friends. Just the sort of book I like. I can’t believe that I hadn’t come across this author so far, but an author, I’m sure to be picking up more of.
An inspiring, thought provoking, sensitive story. A story that will stay with me. A 4.5/5 read for me.
Thank you Netgalley and the publishers for the ARC of this book.
About the Author
Catherine Ryan Hyde is the author of about 28 published books such as The Language of Hoofbeats, Take Me With You , Where We Belong, Walk Me Home, Subway Dancer and Other Stories, When You Were Older, Don’t Let Me Go, When I Found You, Second Hand Heart, The Long, Steep Path: Everyday Inspiration From the Author of Pay It Forward, Always Chloe and Other Stories, and 365 Days of Gratitude: Photos from a Beautiful World.
This book is available to pre-order at Amazon(UK).