Jacqueline Oliver is an indie perfumer, trying to bury her ravaged childhood by shoveling ground under her own feet. Then she gets a call she dreads—the hippie grandmother she bitterly resents was apprehended when police busted a charlatan shaman's sweat lodge. Others scattered, but Nellie was slowed by her walker, and the fact that she was wearing nothing but a few Mardi-Gras beads. Jacqueline is her only kin, so, like it or not, she's responsible.
Despite being late developing next year's scent, Jacqueline drops everything to travel to Arizona and pick up her free-range grandma. But the Universe conspires to set them on a Route 66 road trip together. What Jacqueline discovers out there could not only heal the scars of her childhood but open her to a brighter future.
OMG! A stellar, thought-provoking wild ride!2
The characters jumped into my heart, bringing joy from the quirky grandmother, empathy for the conflicted granddaughter, and a sense of inclusion in their journey — geographically & emotionally. I read the book twice, marking dialog and quotes that spoke to me and my personal desire to reconcile past & present in order to optimize my future. This is a work of fiction with extraordinary craft, plot, dialog, settings, character arcs, and romance. The take-away lessons were a gift. Thank you, Laura Drake!