"You'll be taken on the trip of a lifetime, with unexpected, often hilarious results." 5 Star Readers' Favorite
Eleven-year-old Benny relies on his love of action movies to navigate life. After his mama dies, he talks his dad into taking him to the Grand Canyon, convinced the trip will make his dad happy again, like in the movie. Benny's dad, Ray, just hopes to put distance on the memories haunting him and his son in their empty house.
Three states away, seventy-one-year-old Grace is having a full-tilt panic attack during her husband's church service. A split-second decision to see the Stardust Casino one last time – and a broken fan belt – lands her square in the path of father and son, who offer to get her to Las Vegas before the casino's demolition.
Then somewhere in the middle of Oklahoma, Benny finds a bag of money, setting off a non-stop chain of misadventures and accidental heroism. Before it's over, Benny learns things don't happen in real life like they do in the movies, and even heroes need help sometimes. Grace finds the past she thought she'd never see again, and Ray realizes he's been racing toward the very thing he thought he was leaving behind.
A fun, heartwarming story of friendship, self-discovery, and forgiveness.
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About the Author
Cindy Hiday got her break in publishing when she "jumped from a perfectly good plane" and wrote about the experience in a community college workshop. The Oregonian bought theessay, "One jump makes a proud skydiver," even though it was 200 words too long. She hasn't jumped out of anymore airplanes, but has gone on to publish and win awards in romantic fiction, and contributed a monthly newsletter column, "Working the Web," for the local Romance Writers of America. When her Mt. Hood Community College mentor retired in 1999, she stepped forward as part-time instructor of the Professional Novel & Memoir Writingprogram. She divides her time between mentoring the latest group of writing talent and working on the next novel. Currently a member of Willamette Writers, Cindy lives in Oregon with her husband and four-legged friends.