I received this book for free from XOXperts in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Last Ride to Graceland by Kim Wright
Published by Gallery Books on May 24th 2016
Genres: Contemporary Women, Family Life
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Also by this author: The Canterbury Sisters
Lauded for her “astute and engrossing” (People) writing style imbued with “originality galore” (RT Book Reviews), Kim Wright channels the best of Jennifer Weiner and Sarah Pekkanen in this delightful novel of self-discovery on the open road as one woman sets out for Graceland hoping to answer the question: Is Elvis Presley her father?
Blues musician Cory Ainsworth is barely scraping by after her mother’s death when she discovers a priceless piece of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia hidden away in a shed out back of the family’s coastal South Carolina home: Elvis Presley’s Stutz Blackhawk, its interior a time capsule of the singer’s last day on earth.
A backup singer for the King, Cory’s mother Honey was at Graceland the day Elvis died. She quickly returned home to Beaufort and married her high school sweetheart. Yearning to uncover the secrets of her mother’s past—and possibly her own identity—Cory decides to drive the car back to Memphis and turn it over to Elvis’s estate, retracing the exact route her mother took thirty-seven years earlier. As she winds her way through the sprawling deep south with its quaint towns and long stretches of open road, the burning question in Cory’s mind—who is my father?—takes a backseat to the truth she learns about her complicated mother, the minister's daughter who spent a lifetime struggling to conceal the consequences of a single year of rebellion.
7 Reasons to read Last Ride to Graceland
- The journey – Cory takes the same trip her mom took in reverse.
- Piecing together the past – Cory thinks she knows her mom, but maybe she didn’t know her at all.
- The story – I loved getting the glimpses of the past from Honey. And I loved getting the present from Cory. We get the story from two different time periods but centered around the same area.
- The people – Cory definitely meets some interesting people during her journey. Some she could call friends and others she knows to steer clear of.
- Self-Discovery – Cory feels out of place in her town and family. I think she needed this journey to figure out who she is.
- Elvis – I’ve grown up watching Elvis movies and listening to his music. I loved that this story has glimpses of those last few days. Even if it is fictional.
- The car! Who wouldn’t want to drive around in Blackhawke. I mean… hello!!!!