Debbie Macomber is not only a New York Times bestselling author, but she’s also one of the world’s most popular authors, and we are thrilled to have her join us today. Over the years she has given readers hours of pleasure, creating heartwarming stories of family, friendship and love. Her latest release “A Turn in the Road” is part of her wildly popular Blossom Street novels.
My bags are packed for my upcoming book tour, and while part of the schedule includes air travel, much of it will be driving from one city to the next--a road trip, in other words. Wouldn’t you say that's pretty fitting for a story called A Turn in the Road ? My husband will be at the wheel, which makes it even better.
Every year, usually in December, we make the same trek from Washington State to Florida that Bethanne, Ruth and Annie do in this story. Our dog, Bogie, travels with us. There's nothing he likes better than taking his place in the back seat so he can watch the world go speeding by. My characters have music, books, maps--and knitting—to pass the time on their road trip, just like we do (well, the knitting’s mine, not Wayne’s). The one thing they don’t have is a dog to accompany them.
On our yearly drive to Florida Wayne and I have made many of the same stops Bethanne, Ruth and Annie make in the story. Somehow or other Wayne always finds a reason (or do I mean an excuse?) to visit Las Vegas, and you’ll see that it ends up being part of the characters’ trip, too. Once, and I'm not making this up, our car actually broke down right outside of Vegas. It took two full days to fix, and Wayne used the opportunity to play poker. Lots and lots of poker. I, on the other hand, rented a car and visited yarn stores…buying lots and lots of yarn. No surprise there!
Bethanne, Ruth and Annie, however, encounter more than one surprise along the way and have a number of adventures, big and small. I hope you’ll enjoy this road trip, even if you never leave the comfort of your favorite chair. And I hope that when you finish the last page, you'll say to yourself, "Now that was a really good story."
If you could take a road trip with anyone anywhere, who would you go with and where?
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