Come on, let’s face it. We have all had dreams.
We have all looked toward our future and just known, without a doubt what we have in store for us. Only to have to look back and say “Wow. This isn’t really what I planned….”
Good, bad or indifferent, it has happened to all of us at one time or another. Admit it. Face it. Laugh about it. Cry about it. Shrug your shoulders over it. And move on. Forward march.
Driving with the top down is a hilarious novel by Beth Harbison about just those sorts of realizations. It is also a really good story about the dreams of three very different people and how different their lives are from what they imagined.
For Colleen, there is her husband’s former girlfriend that haunts her marriage and leaves her always wondering if he is happy or if his regrets are larger than their marriage.
For Bitty, her marriage is in shambles and being Lew’s wife was the only existence she’s known since college. She has completely lost touch with what she wanted for her life and more importantly who she is.
For Tamara, the loss of her mother and having to move in with a father who never wanted to play the “Daddy” role has left her sad and alone. With one bad choice after another she has, at 16, certainly ruined things for herself.
Put the 3 of them together, add a convertible and a trailer for all the antiques that are waiting to be purchased between Washington, D.C and Florida and send them off on a 2 week road trip and watch the sparks fly.
Together they learn a lot about each other. But they learn the most important lessons about themselves.
They learn that just because one dream turns into a nightmare, it doesn’t mean they all will.
They learn to depend on one another. But more meaningfully they learn that they can be depended upon and they can depend on themselves.
After listening to Kathleen Grissom‘s The Kitchen House, (you can find that review HERE) I needed a fun, light-hearted read. I chose this book quite honestly because the audio was narrated by Orlagh Cassidy and I had completely fallen in love with her mesmerizing narration.
I am so glad that I found this book! Once again Cassidy does an amazing job with the narration and allows you to become fully engrossed in and involved with the characters.
And, very importantly to me (as a Southerner) lends an authentic southern countenance to Bitty without making her sound like a cartoon version with a horrendous drawl. We don’t sound that way in real life, and I truly despise the characterization for southern dialect and accents as ignorant and over the top.
So, yes, while we have plans in our heads, sometimes those plans change. I know mine have. And I am so very thankful for that!
The person I am today is a direct correlation to the life I’ve lived. And I thank God for having control and not allowing me and my ideas to get in the way of His will for my life.
Want a laugh-out-loud, cry real tears, learn great lessons and have fun doing so kind of book? If so, this is certainly the book for you!