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Alaska or Bust

4.38  ·  Rating Details  ·  116 Ratings  ·  38 Reviews
Tucker Winslow and Gracie Madison, two strangers trying to survive a staggering loss. Both hop in their cars and set out on a cross-country adventure, hoping to leave the hurt behind. But, when Tucker's car breaks down, and he is forced to hitchhike the rest of the way, fate intervenes. When these two meet, the bond is instantaneous. Their losses connect them in a way that ...more
Kindle Edition, 298 pages
Published October 26th 2015 by Rhonda James, Author LLC
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Apr 19, 2016 Tianna rated it it was amazing
Fullfilling, adventure, heartwarming and healing are just some of the words I would use to describe this amazing book.

This book hit very close to home for me as I could relate directly with Tucker. I cried and laughed throughout this book. Alaska or Bust is more about how to move on and coming to terms with moving on after situations that make you feel like you should hold onto every feeling you can while trying not to move too far that you forget. But, then realizing it is okay and natural and
Oct 11, 2015 Christine rated it it was amazing
Bookworms -- I was given an Beta copy for an honest review and critique. I have wanted to read Rhonda James work for awhile and was so excited to be given this 1st look opportunity with Alaska or Bust (Releasing Oct 28th). The teasers/blurb really grabbed me. This book gave me everything I wanted and more... Gracie, 35, recently widowed, starts out on a road trip from Boston to Seattle to live near her sister. Tucker, 24, lost his Mom from a battle with cancer, starts out on the road trip to Ala ...more
This is an amazing book! Tucker and Gracie's story will have you laughing and crying as you take a journey with them. There were moments in this story where I felt like my heart was literally being wrenched from my chest, then Author Rhonda James would have me smiling and laughing again as I traveled along with Tucker and Gracie! If you love 80's music, Reese's pieces, and tourist traps then grab your suitcase and join the ride!

Tucker and Gracie have more in common than they realize when fate f
Melissa Mendoza
Oct 07, 2015 Melissa Mendoza rated it it was amazing
Received a copy in exchange for an honest review

“Meeting Gracie Madison had lifted my disheartened spirit and brought me back to life. With her winning personality, her beautiful smile, and that gorgeous mane of red hair, how could anyone look at her and not feel alive? Frankly, I never stood a chance.”

5 beautiful, gut wrenching stars! This book will make you laugh,cry and scream all at the same time, but damn it’s so worth it!!!

Tucker and Gracie have both experienced tremendous loss in their l
Jan 09, 2016 Jessica rated it it was amazing
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5 Finding Love after Loss Stars

I should preface this review by saying, I know I will never do this book the justice it so deserves. I am so in awe that I can't find the words to describe just how deeply this book touched me. I read to escape and this was the perfect escape. I cried, laughed, sang along with the 80's music and cried some more.

Tucker Winslow and Gracie Madison seemed to be on different journeys and even in different phases of life as this book began. The common thread that connec
Jamie Reinhardt
Oct 10, 2015 Jamie Reinhardt rated it it was amazing
This is the first book that I've read but definitely not the last. After losing his mom to cancer, Tucker sets off across the country heading for Alaska. He's always dreamed of working on a fishing boat. After the loss of her husband, Gracie decides it's time to move to Seattle to be closer to her sister. A few twist and turns, maybe a lot of fate and one broken down car, has Tucker and Gracie's lives crossing paths.
I adore the characters. Tucker is sweet while still being sexy and Gracie is sas
Dec 07, 2015 RedRoom rated it it was amazing
Tucker and Gracie are both working very hard to overcome losses that have plagued their lives. In order to move forward, Tucker has decides to follow a dream of his by working a crab boat in Alaska and Gracie has decided to live with her sister is Seattle. While driving to Seattle, Gracie spots Tucker hitchhiking on the side of the road after his car breaksdown. After internally fighting her innerself and better judgment she decides to pick Tucker up. Discovering they are both driving to Seattle ...more
Mollien Fote Osterman
Oct 23, 2015 Mollien Fote Osterman rated it it was amazing
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5 Tacky Tourist Traps
With a box of Tissue needed Warning

Oh fellow readers this book touched me on so many levels it isn’t even funny. I smiled, brushed away a tear, laughed out loud, almost sobbed. I even had to share a passage with my husband, who appreciated this quote: "Dance with me." I said, Huskily. She didn't argue, instead she draped her arms loosely around my neck and swayed back and forth with me as I Can't Fight This Feeling Played quietly above us." I am a woman of the 80’s and
Sarah Pie
Oct 24, 2015 Sarah Pie rated it it was amazing
"I needed this storm to pass through me like a flash flood, reminding me of all that I had lost, while preparing me for all I had yet to gain."

Sometimes you stumble upon a book that is so heart wrenching yet beautiful that it leaves its mark upon your soul. You read and reread it because you love the story, but you love what you learn from the story even more. Alaska or Bust is one of those stories.

My heart absolutely shattered for Tucker and Gracie. To have suffered the losses that they did, I
Stacy Aube
Dec 08, 2015 Stacy Aube rated it it was amazing
I received this book as an ARC for a honest review.

Gracie suffered the greatest loss of her life when her husband died. Tucker suffered his own loss when his mother died. Tucker promised his mom that he would follow his dream to be a crab fisherman in Alaska. Gracie promised her sister when the time was right she would move to Seattle to live with her family.

Tucker and Gracie start their own journeys. Tucker scares Grace as he tries to get in her vehicle at a truck stop, she takes off. But seein
Give Me Books
Nov 15, 2015 Give Me Books rated it it was amazing
Gracie Madison and Tucker Winslow are both trying to nurse their hearts through tragic losses when their lives are thrown together on a cross-country road trip. They start as two strangers sharing a vehicle, but their connection is instant and bolstered by a mutual love for 80s music and kitschy tourist destinations and, before long, the two form a meaningful and devoted friendship.

If I had to categorize this romance somehow, I'd call it a friends-to-lovers romance because ultimately, that's ex
Stephanie Lasley
Oct 31, 2015 Stephanie Lasley rated it it was amazing
Powerful and Engaging 5 Stars
The title to this book “Alaska or Bust” gives you the mindset of a comedic road trip adventure, shared between friends that would surely generate many fond memories. However, an amusing, lighthearted tale is not what’s inside these pages. For within, you will find an intensely deep, emotional, and at times, a heartbreaking story.
Tucker Winslow just lost the most important person in his life; his mother. After a long, brave battle she succumbs to cancer. Completely de
Judy Miracle
Oct 30, 2015 Judy Miracle rated it it was amazing
OMG!! heart wrenching but so damn good. This book will have you laughing, crying and wanting to throw your kindle all at the same damn time.

Gracie who is recently widowed is moving from Boston where she lived with her husband to Seattle to live near her sister. Tucker just lost his mom 2 weeks ago to cancer is on a cross country trip to Alaska. These two meet by chance and I think fate had a little something to do with it as well. They are immediate friends, both liking the same music, begin ab
Oct 28, 2015 Kitty_20023 rated it it was amazing
Overall Stars: 5 STARS

Starting Over

Their loss will become their connection to their future

Tucker Winslow was twenty-four, and the only son of a 4-Star Navy Admiral. His Father always expected that Tucker would follow in his footsteps, but he had other plans. He had his sights set on moving to Alaska and following his lifelong dream of fishing for king crab on the Bering Sea. He was charming, witty, and his Mom was always his best friend. Then she became ill, and his whole world was tu
Oct 23, 2015 Lisa rated it it was amazing

Alaska or Bust

Rhonda James

5 Stars


After watching his mom die from cancer, Tucker sets out to follow his dream of going to Alaska and working on a crab fishing boat. It was what his mom wanted him to do.. follow his dream.

After only a short time on the road his car breaks down and will cost more to fix than it’s worth. Determined to get to Alaska, he gets a piece of cardboard and writes “Alaska or Bust” and heads out hitchhiking his way across the US.

Gracie Madison, has her own story
Oct 31, 2015 Samantha rated it really liked it
Alaska or Bust weaves a tale of tremendous heartbreak and loss, but realizing that you can find life, and love, after.

Gracie and Tucker both lose the most important person in their lives and are at an utter loss as to how to move on. In search of happiness, and a new beginning, both set out on a cross-country trip to find a new normal. Little did they know that a new normal was better than they could have ever hoped for.

What I really loved about this story was how I felt connected to the charact
Oct 27, 2015 Annamaria rated it it was amazing
Five Beautiful Stars! Gracie is suffering from the sudden loss of her husband and decides to move closer to her sister. She starts off on her journey across the country saying that she will stop at every cheesy tourist site. Along the way she meets Tucker and he joins her on her trip. Tucker is also suffering from the loss of his mother who past away from Cancer. They soon come to realize that they have a lot in common and become fast friends. This is a beautiful story about two people trying to ...more
Zoe Starr
Nov 06, 2015 Zoe Starr rated it it was amazing
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Title: Alaska or Bust
Author: Rhonda James
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Five 80’s tunes out of five

What you are about to read is true; details have not been exaggerated. I was reading Alaska or Bust by Rhonda James at the gym while on a stationary bike and I started crying ... hard. I couldn't believe myself. I had to stop reading several times to get a grip. And that was only the first chapter! It happened again, only thankfully not in public this time. Eventually, I came to expect the waterworks e
JC (Jen)
Oct 27, 2015 JC (Jen) rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Everyone
This is my first book from Rhonda James and I am excited to read more by her! I absolutely loved this book! Gracie and Tucker’s story was so much fun. There was loss, heartbreak, and tears, it was an emotional ride but it also included a lot of fun and laughs! I don’t want to say too much because you really need to experience this story for yourself, one-click it you will love it! 5 stars all the way!

***ARC provided for an honest review***
JC @
Regina Frame
Oct 26, 2015 Regina Frame rated it it was amazing
Get your tissues ready! Follow the journey of two people brought together by fate. Tucker finds himself stranded on the side of the road and Gracie comes to the rescue. I found myself laughing out loud one minute and doing the ugly cry the next. Rhonda James did an excellent job with this story. I highly recommend this heart warming read!
Autumn Bronson
Oct 30, 2015 Autumn Bronson rated it it was amazing
I've never felt so bipolar in my life while reading a book haha. Rhonda pulls you in quickly and will make you bawl your eyes out for a minute then when you're recovering from your heart being ripped from your chest she will make you bust a gut from laughing so hard.
Ana Rita
Dec 13, 2015 Ana Rita rated it it was amazing
Omg what can i say about this book? Only that i loved it.
Sweet mother, Rhonda you rock.
This book is so full of passion, love, sadness, loss. I cried, laugh, stressed, scream to my kindle waiting for him to do what i wanted.
You know, i really enjoy a book that make me feel the way this one did from thew begining.
The story between Tucker and Gracie is so beautiful.
Gracie lost her husband and she give up on life, she didn't wanna live without the love of her life beside her, but after her sister re
Oct 23, 2015 Jacks rated it it was amazing
I was very lucky to be given an ARC of this book for an honest review. It had me ugly crying at the beginning of the book I felt for Tucker because I lost my Mum to the big C. I'm not very good at reviews because I just don't know how to put down what I think (Love , like ect.) This book I loved it had me crying and laughing out load. Made me want to go on a road trip but I'd only go if Tucker (Stud) was with me lol. Well done Rhonda will be definitely be reading more of your work.
Jo Overfield
Dec 13, 2015 Jo Overfield rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Tucker or Bust

I had to stop crying long enough to write my review. What a trip. This was a fantastic ride describing Tucker and Gracie's journey across the US. Both Tucker & Gracie have suffered the loss of the most important person in their lives. Fulfilling a promise Tuckers mother had ask of him by leaving and going to Alaska to fulfill his dreams, Gracie decides to move across the country to be closer to her sister and family. While traveling, Gracie takes on Tucker forced to hitchhiking
I could not pass this book up for a very crazy reason, which is that Rhonda and I have our name in common. I took a stab in the dark and can't tell you how glad I did. If you have not read this book go grab a copy of it and start reading. I'm telling you right now that you are not going to be able to put this book away until you finish it.

Gracie and Tucker are going to take you on a trip of all trips. These two form, an unbreakable friendship and bond that you just want to see them find their w
Lynne Garlick
May 11, 2016 Lynne Garlick rated it it was amazing
I have to start by apologising profusely to the author of this book (and I did!). It has sat on my kindle for more time than I care to say......and couldn't honestly say why. After reading it I am left berating myself for leaving it so long before I read it! It pulled me in from the beginning and I had cried before getting to the end of chapter two! Both Tucker and Grace have experienced indescribable loss and sorrow before a chance encounter at the side of the highway marks the start of an amaz ...more
Sue Czarnomski
Dec 13, 2015 Sue Czarnomski rated it it was amazing
A book has to really Wow me to earn 5-stars and this one certainly did just that. This is my second Rhonda James book and I really like her writing style. Her stories are very engaging--never boring and always drawing emotion from the reader whether it's laughter, tears or anticipation. I loved both main characters in this book; Gracie and Tucker, each one on both a physical and emotional journey. Sometimes the path to get there is filled with detours and stops, but it's where you end up that's ...more
Dec 01, 2015 Dani rated it it was amazing
Received a copy in exchange for an honest review. Read and reviewed by Dani for Alpha Book Club.

This story really tugged at my heart. It's a story about living your life for the present moment, enjoying what you have because you never know when it can be taken away. After tragic circumstances hit both Tucker and Gracie, they set off (separately) on a trip that will forever change their lives. Both characters are so 'real' that you can't help but laugh, cry, and most times shout at the screen tel
Michelle Austin
Nov 08, 2015 Michelle Austin rated it it was amazing
Rhonda James has done it again with Alaska or Bust.
Romance, Ugly cry, humor

I longed for spontaneity. I longed for adventure.

I absolutely loved this read. It really captures your heart. You will laugh, cry, and want to sing along. I really want to go on a road trip now.

Tucker and Gracie are two individuals who are struggling to move forward after huge losses in their lives. Tucker finally decides to follow his dream of working on a crab boat in Alaska and Gracie decides to go live by her sister
Lisa Ebbs caudill
Jun 12, 2016 Lisa Ebbs caudill rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Finding home

This book was both predictable and unpredictable. Love it when that happens. I didn't expect the heartwrernching beginning, but it really made the story make sense. Both Tucker and Gracie endured horrible heartache that affected each of them on a soul deep level, but they didn't let it bury them. Instead they each used it to become stronger. This story was well written and the characters are very endearing. You will become invested in them and you will find yourself laughing and chee
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Rhonda James is an Amazon best-selling romance author who strives to create a book boyfriend for all her readers. Rhonda is married and lives in Michigan with her family. In her spare time you can find her talking to readers, cooking some new creation in her kitchen, or just spending time with her family.

Some of her guilty pleasures are mastering such things as Twitter and indulging in chocolate,
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