Publication Date: August 2, 2013
A widow and a retired man with a number of failed relationships under his belt join forces in an unlikely alliance to take a road trip from Arizona to California. After growing a bond and learning to rely on each other, what happens when the trip ends?
“Recalculating Route” is a sweet story. Ben and Marsha are hesitant to take a chance. Their story is one of taking chances and not rushing the twilight years.
Ben has lived by the seat of his pants. He’s worked hard and made money and now he’s ready to live a little for himself. Ben has been married six times and is not looking for a seventh wife. He wants a traveling companion with whom to enjoy Route 66. An ex-wife introduces him to the gentle and somewhat naïve Marsha.
Marsha is an introvert with a big heart. Her husband of many years died suddenly and she withdrew. Marsha isn’t in the financial position of her traveling companion but she’s ready to experience life again. Ben appears to be quite a cagey character at first; he’s been jaded by life and the apparently simple and sweet Marsha appeals to him.
Carpenter carefully details life on the road. Ben and Marsha cook, converse and thrive. As they get to know each other better, their attraction grows. On the surface the plot concept might sound boring, but the journey is really getting to know these remarkable people and engaging emotionally in their eventual fate.
Readers looking for the innocence of another time will love “Recalculating Route”. Life is not all about the high times and neither will it be for Ben and Marsha. They hit road blocks in their road to romance. Relationships are different animals when family is involved. Children bear the scars of life before the leads meet and are protective of their parents. There will be people who read “Recalculating Route” that are going through the very realistic challenges this couple faces and will perhaps be provided with insight. I’m sure other authors have chronicled the difficult transition but its hard to imagine them doing so with the grace Carpenter exhibits.“Recalculating Route” is a good read for anyone with a penchant for real-life topics.