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West of Nowhere Paperback – June 25, 2013
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Having reached middle age, or so my partner tells me I have reached it, I wasn't too sure I was willing to spend precious time reading about a couple of women in their twenties drive cross country while knowing they have nothing in common with each other or myself. What I found were two extremely interesting characters with a lot of depth to them.
I expected a 25 year old woman who was abandoned on the side of the road at a truck stop in Kentucky to not have too much going for her and I was right. What I did not expect was to be rooting so heavily for her to be able to make something of herself. I really wanted Amber Halliday to succeed because somehow the author made me feel like I had a vested interest in her personally.
I would imagine being in the military would make someone be obsessively tidy and strictly adhere to the rules. 29 year old Navy veteran Joy Shepard is no exception except when she decides to throw caution to the wind and pick up a complete stranger out in the middle of nowhere. It was her sense of duty that made her feel obligated to help a stranger in need but it was her big heart that enabled her to offer Amber a job caring for her wheel-chair bound father.
The secondary characters rounded out the story nicely. Their interaction with Joy and Amber added a lot of humor to the story. Well done, MG!
Amber Halliday is an ignorant and trashy mid 20s femme-side blonde who is raised in neglect and learns to be drawn into the arms of whoever will best look after her needs. Sex and love are a matter of negotiation and have no real meaning. She smokes. Wears too much make up. Can't hold a job. She's very much like a lazy adolescent. When she's abandoned by her jerky boyfriend at a Kentucky truck stop with her chihuahua and luggage, Navy veteran Joy Shepard (butch) takes pity on this hot mess and gives her a ride across country in her truck with RV Camper (i.e., u-haul). Joy's destination is Alameda, California. While only late 20s, dark-haired Joy is a model of maturity and responsibility. Her father is a disabled Navy vet and she was raised military and then did a good decade herself. The lifestyle is ingrained in her and she is a product of what military life can do for you.
And so begins the journey of Amber learning to find herself.... and she's dang lucky she's found a very selfless mentor along the way. I had a hard time seeing their relationship as much more than that.
While I liked the theme of developing self respect and personal discipline to grow and be a better person... and the positive take on the military and how it develops responsible, organized, GOOD people, I didn't like much else here. I just didn't care for these leads as much as I wanted to. And I wanted to. Their histories with other partners and what drew them together fascinated me. Their weaknesses fascinated me. I really do love the ideas that this author examines. It just didn't play out as well as it could have and I found them unappealing and unattractive. I wanna root for them... I wanna get crushed out on at least one of them...Read more ›
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This wasn't my favorite KG MacGregor story. It has an interesting foundation of picking up a stranger and giving them a step up in life, something I think we should all do for each... Read morePublished 27 days ago by Saluta
A plausible storyline and the innate ability for weaving a story makes for a great read! We need more books to celebrate patriotism.Published 16 months ago by Robynn
I am reading each of Ms. Macgregor's books, so far I've not been disapointed. I recomend this book as it is well written, well paced, it has enough angst, and all the characters... Read morePublished 21 months ago by Lilian
I did not find any of these characters redeeming. I thought the story-line was there but believe that because the characters were not the most like-able (for want of a better... Read morePublished on August 24, 2014 by hellbound
West of Nowhere is a romance plus a story about the ability of people to change. Amber Haliday is an immature twenty-five year old woman who thinks she has found her place with... Read morePublished on June 29, 2014 by Sage320
It was okay. Nothing that was a page turner. Good story though. Might read another by this author, in the future.Published on May 26, 2014 by V. Justis
In deciding if I wanted to buy this book, I saw that there were several 5 star reviews and some one and two star reviews. Read morePublished on March 25, 2014 by Marie Frueh
I was sucked into caring about Amber Halliday by page three, I can't explain what in the writing gave me the feeling of dread but in that cafeteria, in a few short paragraphs I... Read morePublished on February 13, 2014 by E. B. MULLIGAN