In this emotional, life-affirming novel, two women embark on an extraordinary road trip and discover the transformative power of female friendship.
The simple fact of the matter is that Iris loves life. Maybe she’s forgotten that. Sometimes that happens, doesn’t it? To the best of us? All I have to do is remind her of that one simple fact.
When Iris Armstrong goes missing, her best friend Terry—wife, mother and all-around worrier—is convinced something bad has happened. And when she finds her glamorous, feisty friend, she’s right: Iris is setting out on a bucket-list journey that she plans to make her last. She tells Terry there’s no changing her mind, but Terry is determined to show her that life is still worth living.
The only way for Terry to stop Iris is to join her—on a road trip that will take them on a life-changing adventure. Along the way, somehow what should be the worst six days of Terry’s life turn into the best. Told in an irresistible voice and bursting with heart, Rules of the Road is a powerful testament to the importance of human connection and a moving celebration of life in all its unexpected twists and turns.
Rules of the Road by Ciara Geraghty
Published by Harlequin on May 2, 2019
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RULES OF THE ROAD by Ciara Geraghty
Written with warmth and humor Rules of the Road, by Irish writer, Ciara Geraghty, explores the dark themes of loss in general and Alzheimer’s and Assisted Suicide in particular. In the end, this is a book about love, friendship, self-discovery, and living your best day every day.
With her father in the car, Terry searches for her friend Iris to prevent her from doing something she could regret. After locating her, the three embark on a road trip from Dublin, Ireland to Zurich, Switzerland. 930+ miles and many adventures later, their lives will change forever. The road trip is quite eventful. Iris, Terry and her dad get themselves into some rather humorous situations, do a lot of self-reflection and get to know each other better than they ever thought they would.
This is a story of self-discovery, friendship, family and acceptance. There are some tough subjects in this story, ethical suicide, dementia, new beginnings after losing your job, and more. There’s a bit of a race against time for Terry, trying to convince her best friend, Iris, that life is always worth living, but she soon learns more about Iris’s choices and reasons as they travel toward the border to Zurich; learning more about the parts Iris’s MS that she hides from Terry and the world.
There is not all doom and gloom in this story. I enjoyed the happy times they shared on this road trip which reminded me how important it is to look for the positives and happiness in life while you can. The Multiple Sclerosis and Dementia are dealt with in a serious and sensitive way, but do keep tissues nearby. This was an emotional story with a very human side and I definitely recommend Rules of The Road to anyone who enjoys a human story.
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Reviewer: Eileen is a retired high school teacher who has loved reading all of her life and goes everywhere with a book. She enjoys reading Contemporary Romance, Historical Romance, Romantic Comedy, Romantic Suspense, Women’s Literature, YA, NA, Fiction, Historical Fiction, and Cozy Mysteries. She likes strong heroines, hot heroes and a story that draws her in, not letting go until the last page is turned. She lives in Minnesota with her husband, pup, and near her four adult children.