Author: Catherine Ryan Hyde
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Source: Little Bird Publicity
Goodreads: Bea has barely been scraping by since her husband died. After falling for a telephone scam, she loses everything and is forced to abandon her trailer. With only two-thirds of a tank in her old van, she heads toward the Pacific Ocean with her cat—on a mission to reclaim what’s rightfully hers, even if it means making others pay for what she lost.
When fifteen-year-old Allie’s parents are jailed for tax fraud, she’s sent to a group home. But when her life is threatened by another resident, she knows she has to get out. She escapes only to find she has nowhere to go—until fate throws Allie in Bea’s path.
Reluctant to trust each other, much less become friends, the two warily make their way up the Pacific Coast. Yet as their hearts open to friendship and love from the strangers they meet on their journey, they find the courage to forge their own unique family—and begin to see an imperfect world with new eyes.
Ope’s Opinion: I understand that Bea had some hard things happen to her, but I just didn’t enjoy reading how she turned it on other people. Allie on the other hand, at no fault of her own was also in a hard place. Allie reacted to it all in a very different way.
Knowing where Bea and Allie came from helped to understand how they ended up helping each other. Their adventure together got a little long for me.
The ending was a little disappointing – I think it was tied up too easily for me.