The Summer Seekers by Sarah Morgan
Release Date - May 18, 2021
At the heart of The Summer Seekers are three ladies. Kathleen is 80 and attacks an intruder with a frying pan. Her daughter, Liza, thinks it's time for Kathleen to sell her home and move into an independent living community. Kathleen is outraged with the suggestion. She's lived a life of adventures, and she's not ready to slow down.
Liza has spent much of her adult life being a wife and mother while putting her own dreams on hold. Her mother hardly stuck around long enough to be a real "mom" to her, so she's always been determined to be the mother her mom wasn't. As a result, Liza has losat her own identity. She does everything for everyone else and forgot that self-care is just as important.
Martha is a 20-something who's freshly divorced and tired of hearing her parents tell her she's not good at anything. They remind her that her sister is perfect. Why can't she be more like her? She's longing for a change, but until she has the money needed to move out of her parents' home, she's stuck.
Kathleen decides what she needs is to leave the U.K. for a while and travel the length of Route 66 from Chicago to California. Her daughter is adamantly against it, but Kathleen's made up her mind. She puts in an advertisement seeking a responsible driver, and that's how she meets Martha.
Martha is not the most comfortable driver. She barely passed her driver's test, but she wants to get away. An all-expenses paid trip across the U.S. seems to be exactly what she needs. While Martha and Kathleen are away, all three women start to realize that what they want most from life is still very achievable.
I loved this book. Loved it! I completely sympathized with Liza. I'm in that spot. I've raised two kids, kept the house clean, cooked the meals, walked the dog, kept up with every appointment imaginable (including my parents'), handled all the shopping (often taking my mom with me), paid all the bills, and definitely understand that feeling where you lose yourself.
Kathleen is a spitfire and I loved watching her push Martha to start anew and realize not all men are jerks. I loved seeing Liza finally listen to her mom and take a chance at being her own person. The setting was also appealing. Not only the U.K. coast, but on the journey along Route 66, which is one of my bucket list items.
There are challenges each woman faces along the way. Kathleen has to come to terms with her past, and that's one of the biggest. Something happened to her years ago that started her journey as the host of a travel show. You'll learn more about that as the story progresses.
With the mix of romance, Kathleen's mysterious past, and Martha's experiences. The story winds beautifully towards the ending. To me, this is a keeper that I will read again.