Loyal is an old man, he's lived out his life on the plains of North Dakota, but his wife Daisy has died and his daughter Barbara is concerned about him living a solitary life. She makes plans for him to live at Glad Tidings Assisted Living Facility and he knows that it's a matter of time before she will be able to force him to live there, so he agrees. But now Barbara must come up with a way to get him to Utah, Loyal wants nothing to do with coming on a plane, besides he has more things he wants to bring with him. So Barbara calls Levi, her nephew, he's a college student supporting himself by working as a bagger at a grocery store, she's sure he could use the extra money she would be offering him to drive her father from North Dakota to Bountiful, Utah. Levi is thrilled to be able to quit his job at the grocery store and make some quick money by driving his great-uncle to Utah, he's sure the trip can be completed in less than 24 hours and he'll be making way more than he does bagging groceries and cleaning up messes on aisles. But life has a way of not working out quite how you've planned it to. When Levi meets Loyal and they connect rather quickly, Levi realizes that he can learn many lessons from the older man, and that he can give him some experiences that he's never been able to have in his long life. He also realizes that there's more to life than meets the eye. Will he be able to let go of his fast paced life and enjoy the more slow pace of life with an old gentleman?
I really enjoyed this book. I liked how you get to know both Levi and Loyal both from their own perspective, but also from the perspective of the other. I really liked Loyal, he had an air about him, maybe it was kind of a formal air, but I really liked it. I liked the crazy situations that he and Levi found themselves stuck in. I liked that they both had personalities, and that they were able to get along with each other despite or maybe because of their personalities. I'd read another book by this author anytime!
I was sent an e-copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.
Labels: Donald S Smurthwaite, LDS fiction