Susanne O’Leary comes to the blog with the perfect escapist read in
The Road Trip
Maddy and Leanne are secondary school teachers in Ireland who have just won the lotto in a group ticket buy. Both are planning just what to do with the money: the options are great. Maddy’s husband Tom spends all his free time, and all his focus on golfing- not including Maddy at all. With their two children grown and away from home, Maddy is at loose ends, and is finding her life sans children is not the travel and reconnect with the adult side of their marriage that she hoped for. Leanne is at the other side of her life, just having received a full time offer to teach science at the school, she is single, lives with her very controlling and manipulative mother, and tends to ‘act out’ with outrageous hair, piercings and dress.
But, the two are friends and decide that a road trip through England and France in a sporty red Merc convertible is just the ticket- 5 star all the way, with a blog to document their adventures as they each have a personal stake in their travels through France.
From shopping for ‘new looks’ on their way out of Ireland to serving at a drinks party at a manor house and finding a stowaway in the form of a little poodle owned by a royal, to the lord of the manor threatening blackmail and police action if they don’t take him along –the story is full of moments that highlight the differences between Maddy and Leanne, as each starts to open up and discover ‘the good life’ as they travel.
While all is not light and fluffy: Leanne is ostensibly on a search for her father who left her and her mother without a trace some twenty years earlier, as Maddy looks to find her first love, met when she was ending her time at the Sorbonne – the two have stories and loose ends, as well as current issues to work out. Leaving with their time in Provence, there are questions and changes to adapt to: the end of Maddy’s marriage, her attraction to Leanne’s father, Leanne’s budding romance and her relationship with her long-lost father now that she knows another side of the story of her parents’ relationship…. This is pure escape reading – the characters are clever and slow to develop, but have a wonderful way of encouraging you to take a seat and travel along.
Title: The Road Trip
Author: Susanne O'Leary
Series: Maddy and Leanne #1
Also in this series: A Holiday To Remember
Genre: Contemporary Woman's Fiction
Published by: Bookouture
Published on: 12 June, 2018
Source: Publisher via NetGalley
Have you ever wanted to press the escape button?
Maddy and Leanne are in need of a miracle.
Maddy can't bear to wash another pair of her husband's Y-fronts and if he continues to drone on about golf she might just scream.
Leanne can't stand living with her overbearing mother for a second longer and she's one disapproving eye roll away from a nervous breakdown.
But their luck changes when they win the lottery.
Setting off from Dublin, Maddy and Leanne lease a red convertible, winding through Europe and heading for the sun-drenched French Riviera.
But the pair have their own reasons for their adventure. Maddy has never forgotten her summer romance of twenty years ago with a gorgeous Frenchman and Leanne plans to track down the father who abandoned her as a child.
Amongst glorious sunsets and buckets of bubbly, Leanne and Maddy are searching for answers after years of wondering 'what if?'. But there might just be some surprises in store along the way…
A hilarious and heartwarming story about friendship, living life to the full and making the most of every moment. Fans of Fiona Gibson, Carole Matthews and Lucy Diamond will adore this uplifting, fun-filled read.
A copy of this title was provided via Publisher via NetGalley for purpose of honest review. I was not compensated for this review: all conclusions are my own responsibility.
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