Book Review: Driving to BelAir by William G. Jones

Amazon summary
Is it the road trip from hell or the opportunity of a lifetime?

Dale had it all–a prominent career with a Manhattan ad agency, a luxury car, a beautiful, rich girlfriend–but when his ex-fiancé calls to tell him that his father has died, his world crashes around him. What he thought would be a quick trip home for a funeral turns into a week-long journey to scatter his father’s ashes in the Gulf of Mexico. Trapped in a cantankerous old car with two quarrelsome brothers, a still-bitter ex-fiancé, an increasingly high-maintenance girlfriend, and a pee-happy poodle, Dale finds himself trapped as everything that can go wrong does.

Will a father’s last wish be the key to reuniting a family torn apart by tragedy? Or will Dale lose everything while driving to BelAir.

Book Length: 41,500 words.

My review
I laughed and I cried. No, I really did. This novella packs a big punch.

Dale ran fast and far from an abusive father and the family farm. Three years later, he’s back with a spoiled girlfriend and her little dog, too. To fulfill his father’s last wishes, he is supposed to make a trip from Indiana to Florida to scatter Dad’s ashes in the ocean. The catch is that he has to go with his brothers. One has just a little problem with marijuana, and the other is nursing a huge grudge against Dale for leaving home.

Can they make it all the way without killing each other? Or leaving someone on the side of the road? Maybe. But whatever happens along the way, you’ll laugh out loud. You might even shed a tear or two. It’s all worth it.

About the book
Title: Driving to BelAir: A Novella
Author: William G. Jones
Publisher: J.R. co… Publishing
Release date: August 25, 2011
Where I got the book: I received this book free from the author as part of Adopt An Indie Month.
Rating: 5 stars Can’t think of any reason everyone wouldn’t like this. There is a little bit of talking about sex, but it’s nothing graphic.

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