Sunday, November 30, 2008

Queen of the Road: Book Review

When asked to review Queen Of The Road by Doreen Orion I was not too terribly excited, simply because a true life novel about life in a bus didn't really appeal to me. I truly figured reading Queen Of The Road was going to be a chore.

However, I quickly learned that I was VERY wrong. I started reading on a Friday at 10pm, figuring I would try to get a few pages in....I stayed up until 4am so I could finish. I could not put Queen Of The Road down. Not only is Queen Of The Road an interesting testimonial to a year in the life of two psychiatrists traveling the US in a bus it is HILARIOUS! Between the crazy bus mishaps and the interesting people they meet along the way, there were many times I laughed so much I started crying!

Doreen Orion captures the ups and downs of life with a witty humor I haven't enjoyed since Erma Bombeck. Doreen tells about how she "upends" her very material and career driven life to travel the states in a bus when her husband, Tim, has his "midlife crisis" As she journeys onward with Tim, she quickly comes to realize it is the journey and not the destination that makes a trip (and life) wonderful.

As a self proclaimed "princess" Doreen is very proud of her work from home job and her ability to multitask everything possible while not leaving her bed or even getting dressed. Yes, she is quite the indoor girl and obsessed with designer items, especially shoes.

But, as a complete surprise to Doreen, the bus trip turns into more than just a way for Tim to explore his inner "nerd" and get out into his beloved great outdoors; it becomes the key to opening Doreen's eyes to what is important in life.

In a witty, humorous and utterly lovable way, she gently reminds us of that lesson too. It is not the latest gadget, the greatest job or the hundreds of shoes that matter, it is the time spent with those we love, because that time passes all too quickly. An important lesson for us all during the Christmas season, when it is all too easy to feel pressure and stress to buy items for people instead of just enjoying the time together.

Doreen experiences changes in her worldview that are not earth shattering, but feel genuine and inspiring through her great connection with the reader. For anyone wanted to get away from the expectations of the world, reach outside the box of the "everyday" routine , Queen of the Road is a GREAT read with a lot of laughs along the way.

To get your own copy, go to Queen Of The Road; trust me, you won't be able to put it down.


Shooting Stars Mag said...

Awesome review. It really does sound like a fun novel. :)
I'm glad you liked it more then you thought you would.


Momstart said...

It is a great book, I find it funny too.

RobynsOnlineWorld said...

Just stopping by for a pit stop on the book blog tour - I'm on it also:

Julie said...

I'm just stopping by from the blog tour. My review goes live tomorrow. I just LOVED this book so much! I sent it to my mom who is very much like Doreen and lives on an RV with my dad, who is very much like Tim. It's so weird. LOL!

Christine said...

This is a great book and I even found myself laughing out loud....which I don't often do when reading. I higjly reccomend.

Julie said...

Thanks for the tip on the great book! I think she has tremendous guts to be able to do it-don't think I could.

Sherrylinn said...

Sounds like a great book, thanks for the review!

onangelwings said...

I loved this book.