Book Review:Queen of the Road and Giveaway

I adore reading and you will find books spilling over in every room in my home. Sometimes I think I live in a library…..but to be honest, not all books are what I term “shelfworthy”. There are the books who get shelf space because they are yet to be read, and those that get space because they are so good that I (or John Mark) will read them again. The other unfortunate books find there way to my garage sale/paperback exchange box. The book Queen of The Road by Doreen Orion is shelfworthy which is the highest praise I can give.

This novel follows the hilarious and sometimes poignant adventures of Doreen and her husband as they embark on a one year sabbatical tour of the United States in a refurbished bus. First let me say that I admire Doreen for overcoming her fears of such an odious undertaking, and turning it into an experience of self discovery. Every chapter starts off with a cocktail recipe reminiscent of the story to come. I must admit I can’t wait to make Elusive Moose and Love me Bender.

I really enjoyed the history involved in some of the locations, and probably my favorite part was their stay at the Nudist RV resort. I half to admit a little disappointment that they were not as enchanted with Texas as I am….but hey I understand we Texans are not everyone’s cup of tea. Finally, Doreen has left me with a burning desire to visit Savannah, and experience that city in all it’s glory.

I also envy her for having a handy husband (alas, mine is not so much). Doreen’s Tim is the perfect foil for her larger than life character. She affectionately refers to him as Project Nerd, and he seem to remain the calm voice of reason, and the fix- it man for everything. Tim is the kind of guy we would all want around us for support.

The New York Post says, “(The book is) a Charles Kuralt-Albert Brooks-style romp where they meet up with nudists, robbers and more. Required reading.” New York Times Bestselling Novelist Jonathan Kellerman notes, “A charming, insightful and – most important – hilarious book that evokes the best of Bill Bryson and David Sedaris, but spotlights the unique voice of a gifted memoirist.”

If you are looking for a great read, or the perfect Christmas gift for a reader you know, than look no further. Doreen Orion is a hoot and a half, and well worth the time. This one you will want for your own shelfworthy book. To purchase a copy for yourself just click through here.

This Blog is one stop on the Queen of the Road book tour joining many others in the next few days thanks to Family Review Network.The tour will be held November 28-December 10.

The Giveaway!
As a thank you to those who are learning about Queen of the Road through the book blog tour a great prize package is being offered. There will be one prize across all the book blog tour stops. Everyone who leaves a comment here on my tour post will be entered to win!

One lucky winner gets all this:

Mom Logic Tote bag, eye brightener and mouse pad from momlogic.com
Wrist water bottle from swiggies.com $13 value
Gift certificate for free flashcards from goosiecards.com $29 value
Rose Pin ($10 value)
Natural, dye-free dog tug from Purrfect Play purrfectplay.com $18 value
Book, “Uncovered” by Mark Goldwich $13 value
“Attitude of Gratitude” Tank Top Med from empoweringthings.com $19.39 value
“Be Natural” tee shirt from jb-justbe.com $15 value
Cats on Cards Pet Rescue Stickers from purrfectplay.com $7.95 value
2009 Park-It Guide for NYC from parkitguides.com $13 value
Total Value of Prize: $130.00+
To enter just leave a comment below and tell me if you would ever consider taking such a trip around the country yourself! Don’t forget that your email needs to be in your profile or in your comment to be able to win. Make your comments before 12/17 to be entered.

Look for more Bloggers on the tour to increase your chances of winning!