Lynne Marshall's One For the Road was a delightful read. With a heroine well past the first flush of youth, and a hero who is struggling to reinvigorate a flagging country music career, this is a funny, fast-paced, and deeply tender story of two people trying to make sense of their lives.
Dee is what my hubby calls a "pink lady" - prim, proper, and always doing the right thing. She is way out of her element dealing with four rough and tumble, middle-aged musicians, unused to a civilizing influence while they're on the road. With her list of "road rules", she gently (and sometimes not-so-gently) changes them, one by one.
Ty is a rough country western singer who's dealt with fame and the fall that can come quickly on its heels. Divorced twice, he's not looking for love. But something about Dee gets under his skin. The road changes Dee just as much as the men she travels with. Watching Dee and Ty change and grow to like, respect, and finally love each other, is a treat that doesn't come along very often. A mystery is woven into the book - not too much, not too little - that solidifies Dee's character and makes us all fall in love with her. Dee's two grown up, and disapproving, sons tie her up in knots until she realizes she's got to live her own life, and her sons need to live theirs.
All in all, a totally satisfying romance where good triumphs over evil, love triumphs over lust, and the tenderness woven all the way through it will melt your heart.