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.
What readers are saying:
"The characters are down to earth, witty, and insightful. In fact, I wrote down several lines to reference, as I maneuver through life's daily challenges and choices. The relationship between Benny and Grace is a delight. The father/son dynamic is a pleasure to watch unfold. I highly recommend this book and look forward to reading more books by this author."
"I love how the author describes each character, especially Benny. He's funny and has an imagination ... I'm sure you will have a few chuckles along the way."
"It's not that I couldn't put it down, I didn't want to. The characters, the scenes, and the senses live and move from page to page, every character motivated to help the others -- even the bad guy."
"What a fun book to read! I didn't want to put it down. I loved the characters, especially the son Benny. What would they get themselves into next? From the title it wasn't what I expected. A pleasant surprise and a great book to read while traveling."
"The character development was very polished in this creative adventure. I felt like I knew and loved all three major characters; their interwoven stories were remarkably well done. The author used humor, lines from old movies, and sprinkling of unusual things like poker hands and Native American culture to add richness and intrigue to the story. Once I started it, I could not put it down. I normally read mystery and thriller novels, yet I LOVED this book. I highly recommend it and seriously hope the sequel is forthcoming!"