When was the last time you read a book that made you laugh out loud, tugged at your heartstrings, and kept you on the edge of your seat with anticipation? Colleen Oakley’s latest novel, inspired by her own grandmother, is an unforgettable tale that will do just that.
The book centers around two unlikely companions: Tanner, a 21-year-old college dropout, and Louise, an 84-year-old woman on the run from the law. Tanner, in desperate need of a place to live, takes a job as Louise’s live-in caregiver. Louise, initially resistant to having Tanner around, soon finds herself drawn to the young woman’s spirit and energy.
Their arrangement takes a turn for the unexpected when Louise wakes Tanner up in the middle of the night, insisting that they leave town immediately. What follows is a madcap adventure across the country as the two women race to outrun their past mistakes and uncover the truth behind Louise’s sudden urgency.
What sets Oakley’s novel apart is the way she deftly weaves humor, heart, and suspense into the story. As Tanner and Louise’s relationship evolves from frosty to trusting, we are treated to a witty, poignant, and ultimately uplifting tale of intergenerational friendship.
One of the strengths of the book is the way Oakley develops her characters. Tanner and Louise are both flawed and complex individuals, each with their own unique set of challenges and secrets. As they navigate their way through their journey together, we come to care deeply about their fate.
Another standout feature of the book is the surprise twist at the end. Without giving too much away, let’s just say that Oakley has a talent for keeping her readers guessing until the very last page.
Overall, Oakley’s novel is a tour-de-force of storytelling. It combines humor, heart, and suspense in just the right proportions, creating a book that will leave you both satisfied and wanting more. If you’re looking for a book that will make you laugh, cry, and keep you on the edge of your seat, look no further than Colleen Oakley’s latest masterpiece.