Roses & Thorns

Roses & Thorns

Thursday, September 4, 2014

Jeep Tour by Gail Ward Olmsted


Jackie Sullivan was drawn to the red rocks of Sedona, Arizona after a failed marriage and an out-of-the-blue job loss. But did she move cross country to chase a dream or a dreamy tour guide? She had it all—the husband, the house, the job…but that’s in the past. A chance encounter with Rick, a handsome tour guide, gets her dreaming of a new life in Sedona. Jackie’s efforts to re-invent herself in the tight-knit desert community are, well…complicated. Sedona is terrific, but as the locals note, “it’s not for everyone.” Does Rick want a relationship or just a friend with benefits? And in the case of her ex-husband, absence definitely makes the heart grow fonder! Is it her imagination, or is Rob more amazing than ever? With her fortieth birthday looming, Jackie challenges herself to navigate a new path fueled by an unflagging sense of humor and lots of caffeine. Jackie has already had her happy; now she wants her ever after!


Jeep Tour is told in first person with lots of humor. Jackie sounds so real, I had to go back to the front to be sure the book was a novel and not an autobiography. Sedona was on my “bucket list” before I read this book, and now it’s there even moreso. I don’t recall if Ms. Olmsted mentioned the fact that Sedona is built on a vortex of ley lines, energy lines that criss-cross the Earth, or the spiritual importance of those vortices, but that’s one reason I want to go. She did describe the red rocks, and the incredible sunsets, and… She managed to make me homesick for a place I’ve not yet been to.

Oh, and again, Jackie’s story is funny and warm and witty, too.

If Sedona is on your bucket list, but you don’t have the money to get there, and you want a great read along the way, I suggest you take a Jeep Tour.

Length:  246 Pages
Print:  $8.99
Digital:  $2.99

Thanks for visiting. Rose, Julie & Rochelle

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