Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Leaving Unknown


From the author of The Best Days of Someone Else's Life comes a funny and touching story of a young woman who, while traveling across country, finds herself stuck in Unknown, Arizona.

Sweetlips, Tennessee; Toad Suck, Arkansas; Okay, Oklahoma; Truth or Consequences, New Mexico; these are just a few of the towns Maeve Connelly passes through on her epic roadtrip to the less interestingly named Los Angeles, California. But when Maeve's beloved car, Elsie breaks down outside of Unknown, Arizona, she is in for a much longer rest stop than she expected.

Maeve talks her way into two jobs, settling in for the long haul when she realizes first that she doesn't have enough money to pay for the spare part, and a second that the only car repairman within distance is on a walkabout without a specific end date. As Maeve finds herself more and more at home with the quirky denizens of Unknown - especially a certain children's book author who just happens to be her boss - she must decide if she can finally, after years of uncertainty, find a place to start her future. But when a secret from Maeve's past comes to light, will she be able to accept that even though her friends now know the full story, perhaps all of her dreams can come true after all?

I loved this book, Leaving Unknown by Kerry Reichs. It combined the perfect blend of humor and romance with a touch of mystery to make one of the best books I have read so far. On a scale of 1-10 with 10 being the best. This one rates a 10! When Maeve's luck of financial dependence on her parents comes to a grinding halt after receiving the latest bill for her country club spending and losing her job in the same day, Maeve finally decides in order to begin her life fresh, she must move away and try to make it on her own. After emailing a friend who works at a fabulous movie studio in L.A., Maeve decides this is just the ticket out of her troubles. So packing up what little personal belongings she has, along with her roadside companion Oliver, a cockatiel, she heads out in her old reliable car, Elsie on a open trail for L.A. Yet life, hands her an unexpected surprise when Elsie breaks down just outside of Unknown, Arizona in the dead of a cold night...to read more, check out this amazing book. I can't imagine a better summer read than this one.

You can completely escape at one of the many cities, Maeve stops in and this one is another page turner to the end. I received this book, compliments of TLC Book Tours for my review. If you would like to know more information about this book and where to purchase your own copy, please click on the link below:

As a special giveaway, TLC is providing me with a copy to giveaway to one lucky winner. You must live in the U.S. or Canada only and NO P.O. Boxes please. Simply be a follower of mine and tell me one place you would like to take a road trip to! The giveaway will end on May 28th!

23 comments:

God's student said...

Hey Kat, just popping in to say Hi! Been thinking about you and hope you're well.
Take care!

Joyce said...

Sounds like a good read...I'd love to take a road trip out west and see some of the parks.

Have a great day!

Andrea said...

Hope you are doing well. You have been reading a lot and doing some great reviews.
Blessings, andrea

NanaNor's said...

Hi there, I love that you do the book reviews-I've never heard of any of the places Kat but I do love Tennessee so would probably like to visit Sweetlips.
Hope you are having a blessed day!
Hugs, Noreen

Just Breathe said...

Count me in, this sounds very good.

wendy said...

sounds like a good book

and I loved the post below too. WHY is it so easy to pray when things are going well ----and then as soon as things get hard and scary, It becomes hard (for me) to leave things in the Lord's hands.
OF COURSE HE knows the plan for us, and I just need to be more patient and faithful.

Denise said...

I think this sounds like a good read.

Loren said...

You can't hardly beat a 10 now can ya!!! The little towns sound so interesting! I love road trips especially when it is all spontaneous :)

Love you

Nishant said...

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He & Me + 3 said...

Wow a 10? That is awesome. It does sound like you have the perfect mix.

trish said...

Wow, 10 out of 10! You obviously loved the book! Your enthusiasm for it is infectious. :)

Thanks for being on this tour!

Elizabeth said...

I am writing my review for the tour right now, and I also give it a 10! I was hoping I was not unduly prejudiced toward the book, being a cancer survivor. I found the portrayal of Meg's feelings and experiences to be right-on.

I am hoping you might extend your giveaway until the end of the tour on May 28. I wanted to be able to send my readers over, but my post doesn't go up until the 26th.

Frugal Tumbleweed Acres said...

I would like to take a road trip to Rock Hill, South Carolina where my cousin lives.
gourdsrmylife(at)yahoo(dot)com

Renee Riva said...

I want to visit wherever that deck over the river on your home page is! And I'd love to win a copy of Leaving Unknown" and read it on that deck! :O)
Thank you for reviewing Heading Home!

Renee Riva
Author of Heading Home

Rita said...

Count me in. Sounds like a good book to read. Can't imagine being in towns with those names!

Deborah Ann said...

This one sounds intriguing. Count me in!

karenk said...

a great review...please count me in...thanks :)

karenk
kmkuka at yahoo dot com

Jolanthe said...

This sounds like a great book too! I would love a book that wasn't required as a review to read! :)

SusanD said...

This sounds like another fantastic read. I'm ready to hit the road on my Harley to Splittin the Wind Anywhere. lol. Blessings, SusanD

Allie Z said...

I'm stuck in Phoenix! LOL I'd love to travel to Washington or Colorado!

VICKI IN AZ said...

Sounds so interesting. I would want to take a road trip to Alaska, especially now that it is coming on the hottest part of our year. ♥

Chocolate Covered Daydreams said...

This looks like a great book! Thanks for telling us about it.

Annesphamily said...

Looks like a great read! You always have such great books here. You need to take care.