Oh, Dad.

Friends, since it is National Tell A Story Day, I’d thought I’d share one with you. This story began when a smart, bright, and beautiful bookworm decided to take an all-american road trip with her family, which is not something this lovely young woman’s family has done much of during her lifetime. After flying across the country, the bookworm, her husband, and her parents drove from Las Vegas to Denver, driving a distance of 1419 miles. Some of the highlights of the trip included the Grand Canyon, rafting down the Colorado River in the Glen Canyon, touring a slot canyon, biking in Moab, Utah, and so forth. They spent days looking at the dry, red sandstone mountains and monuments that make up Arizona and Utah before driving up into Colorado. After spending the night in Aspen, Colorado, the family woke up the next morning and took a short road trip through the meandering mountain roads to visit arguably the most photographed peaks in the United States–Maroon Bells.

Maroon Bells

Maroon Bells, Aspen Colorado

Maroon Bells and the lake at its base were quite gorgeous, but the family left to continue up the mountains to Independence Pass–the highest paved road in the continental United States, which many signs touted as “The Top of the Rockies.” The Colorado mountain views were stunning. Although it was only mid-October, snow had already fallen twice in the region and was clinging to the distant craggy peaks. It provided a colorful contrast to the golden Aspen trees and evergreen spruces that clung to the steep, rocky sides.

America's Scenic Byways - Top of the Rockies

America’s Scenic Byways – Top of the Rockies

After hours and hours of driving through the meandering mountain roads, the dad of the family started saying that he hoped to never see mountains again. The daughter just slanted her eyes and said something like, “What did you expect to see in Colorado?”

As the family drew nearer to their hotel in Denver, the dad, ever the talker in the back seat, started to try and remember this singer who used to sing this song…something about Rocky mountains. The singer’s name, John Denver, finally popped into his head, and the dad pondered out loud, “So, are we ever going to see these Rocky mountains that John Denver sung about?”

The daughter and her husband looked at each other in disbelief.

“Dad, we’ve been in the Rocky mountains all day. How have you not realized this?”

This daughter deserved to be sainted for her patience.

 

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Bookworms Deserve Love, Too

The Love Match Lily Maxton

I love her dress. It reminds me of my senior prom dress!

If you have just a couple of hours to immerse yourself in a regency romance, Lily Maxton’s A Love Match is a great choice that just hit the market. This novella is the third one in Maxton’s Sisters of Scandal series, and it features a delightful bookworm named Olivia Middleton who catches the attention of the charming and slightly infuriating William Cross during a country house party. Now that Olivia’s two older sisters are happily married, Olivia is forced to attend the party by her overbearing mother who can’t wait to have an empty nest. Of course, no country house party can happen without some late night trysts during which someone gets caught. The question is, will it result in a marriage between Olivia and the bachelor who states he will only marry for true love?

If you want something short and sweet, I’m quite impressed by Maxton’s ability to create such lovable/chokable/just-say-that-you-love-her already characters. The only negative I have about this book is that I wish there was more of it, which I’m not even sure that is a bad thing to say. I felt like I was finally getting to know the main characters and be fully drawn into the story and all of a sudden–poof! I’ve reached the last page. As a quick reader, I zipped through this story in under an hour. Olivia is an atypical heroine who isn’t dying to get married, and for that alone, I would have loved to have spent more time with her. It’s nice, too, to have the classic beauty in the story snubbed in favor for someone whose beauty isn’t quite as obvious.

Entangled Publishing gave me this book in exchange for an honest review. You can pick up your copy of it for just $.99 from their site as well as copies of the first two novellas in the series! Dude, three stories for $3 is a steal! You can afford to purchase them and your pumpkin spice latte without feeling too indulgent. 🙂