Mormons, marijuana, and mayhem await when an English family takes a holiday to the American Southwest in this humorous, heartfelt story of a dysfunctional family’s great adventure.
Lyn is having a terrible fiftieth year, and the first day isn’t even over. She woke up on her birthday with no man, no close friends still in the area, and middle age staring her right in the face.
Lyn is determined to change her sad trajectory and arranges a trip for herself and her three children through the American Southwest and Yellowstone. Before they even get on the plane, the trip hits a major snag. The children have invited Lyn’s estranged partner, to join them. Now, the two adults and three children have to keep up appearances and pretend to be a happy—if somewhat demented—family on their trip. Along the way, amid the mountain vistas, secrets will be revealed and a hurtful betrayal confronted in this sweet, funny family saga.
In addition to laugh-out-loud adventures with the rambunctious family, author Joanna Warrington writes of the extreme culture shock that comes from visiting America from England. Things like gas pumps immediately throw our heroes for a loop, but they valiantly rise to the occasion. Warrington, who has previous experience in travel writing, makes the Southwest spring to life!
When Lyn tells her children that she has a special fiftieth birthday vacation planned for herself, none of them are too keen on leaving their home in the United Kingdom to tool around the American Southwest. Lyn’s older daughter, Mel, is working in a bar in Dublin. Her son, Brett, doesn’t want to miss his school prom. Her youngest, Felicity, doesn’t want to miss the end-of-term celebrations.
Lyn insists they go and comes to regret the decision. The children have a surprise of their own: their father is tagging along on the trip! Lyn and Ray are estranged for a reason. Can Lyn survive her three children’s schemes and Ray’s presence, or will it turn into the vacation from hell?
Joanna Warrington lives in England but has studied US history and traveled around the United States, visiting places featured in the book like Salt Lake City, Yellowstone, the Grand Tetons, and Las Vegas.
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