Driving with the Top Down

Driving with the Top Down Three women two weeks one convertible sometimes life doesn t take you in the direction you expect Colleen Bradley is married with a teenage son a modest business repurposing and reselling antiques

  • Title: Driving with the Top Down
  • Author: Beth Harbison
  • ISBN: 9781250043849
  • Page: 395
  • Format: Paperback
  • Three women, two weeks, one convertible sometimes life doesn t take you in the direction you expect Colleen Bradley is married with a teenage son, a modest business repurposing and reselling antiques, and longtime fear that she was not her husband s first choice When she decides to take a road trip down the east coast to check out antique auctions for her business, shThree women, two weeks, one convertible sometimes life doesn t take you in the direction you expect Colleen Bradley is married with a teenage son, a modest business repurposing and reselling antiques, and longtime fear that she was not her husband s first choice When she decides to take a road trip down the east coast to check out antique auctions for her business, she also has a secret ulterior motive Her one woman mission for peace of mind is thrown slightly off course when sixteen year old Tamara becomes her co pilot The daughter of Colleen s brother in law, Tamara is aware that people see her as a screw up, but she knows in her heart that she s so much She just wishes her father could see it, too.The already bumpy trip takes another unexpected turn when they stop at the diner that served as Colleen s college hangout and run into her old friend, Bitty Nolan Camalier Clearly distressed, Bitty gives them a story full of holes angry with her husband, she took off on her own, only to have her car stolen Both Colleen and Tamara sense that there s that Bitty isn t sharing, but Colleen offers to give Bitty a ride to Florida.So one becomes two becomes three as Colleen, Tamara, and Bitty make their way together down the coast It s a road trip fraught with tension as Tamara s poor choices come back to haunt her and Bitty s secrets reach a boiling point With no one to turn to but each other, these three women might just discover that you can get lost in life but somehow, true friends provide a roadmap to finding what you re really looking for.

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    1. Driving with the Top Down is a standalone, women's fiction novel written by author Beth Harbison. The story follows three different women, in three very different stages in their lives who unexpectedly end up on the same road trip together. Each character is experiencing a significant struggle, and the strength they share with each other during their time together binds them together and the result is beautiful. Driving with the Top Down is real, heartfelt, funny, and just a great book! It's bee [...]

    2. I'd forgotten how refreshing a book written by Beth Harbison could be, and really enjoyed this light yet warmly compassionate story of three female characters all tussling with personal issues, some more dire than the others'. It is a road trip, with reluctant participants and eventual confessions, and, oh, so happily, good things for all in the end. It was just the right book at the right time for me. Frothy, friendly and four stars.

    3. Thank you to Giveaways and the publisher for selecting me as a winner for Beth Harbison's "Driving With The Top Down."It isn't sitting well with me to have to give this book two stars, because there is a lot to like about it, so let's start there.I love a chick lit road trip novel, especially in summer and especially if it has a bit of gravitas and isn't a formulaic exercise in the genre. So this book ticks off all those check boxes easily. Colleen, Tamara, and Bitty are likeable and relatable [...]

    4. I'm so horrible with writing reviews but I really wanted to write one for this book. I have loved every Beth Harbison book that I have read and I had no doubt that I would love this one as well. This book ended up being my favorite of hers so far. It made me laugh and it made me cry. I found myself wanting to give "Tam" a big motherly hug (and I'm not a mother). My heart just broke for her. I won't get into what it is about because you can read that in the synopsis and I don't want to give any s [...]

    5. I only gave this 2 stars because it's not something I would recommend to another person. I didn't hate reading it and I certainly made it to the end, but the characters were not necessarily that interesting the story felt a little too contrived.

    6. I was lucky and won this from a giveaway. So thank you to , St. Martin's Press, and Beth Harbison. I really enjoyed this book. It's a great book for summer!

    7. This was my first time reading a book by Beth Harbison; I have no idea why considering I have about 3 of her books sitting on my book shelf. I guess with everyone going on in my life and new books coming out every month, I just put them on the backburner. However, have no fear because all of those old books just got boosted up in the TBR list! Driving with the Top Down is a fun and spunky novel that is the perfect escape and will make you want to go hug your girlfriends and family right afterwar [...]

    8. I simultaneously love and hate Beth Harbison's books. I love them because they enrapture the reader. Never have I ever found an author that has made me laugh and cry between coversd I hate them because I read them way, way too fast. Because they're that good. The only qualm I had with this book was the prologue, which could have been stronger and a bit less confusing. The entire book I was waiting for a tie int until I was about 2/3 of the way in did I realize the prologue was fantasy-driven.But [...]

    9. I received this book as a first reads copy and I was excited when it arrived. Every woman in this book had their ups and downs. Their stories were sad in the beginning of the book. You had Bitty who didn't marry her childhood sweetheart and was in a horrible marriage, Tamara was a struggling teen with an absent father, and Colleen that didn't know what she was truly searching for. Colleen was an aunt to Tamara and Bitty was her college friend. Each lady had an interesting story to tell and it al [...]

    10. What a fun book to listen to! It is about three women on a road trip to Florida searching for items for Colleen's shop. Colleen is questioning her husband's love for her and her place in the marriage. Tamara is Colleen's 16-year-old niece with an absent father and a young life that is leading to nowhere. Bitty is Colleen's college BFF who is on the brink of suicide. What follows is a heart-warming story with laughter and tears filling every inch of the car and the trailor. Go Cards! L1C4!

    11. This is the first book by Beth Harbison that I've read. It's funny, romantic, and has something that all women with identify with.In the first chapter all three main characters have a perfect life, when you get to chapter two you find out that it was totally fabricated, that was the life that they all wished they had. That's when things get moving.Colleen Bradley has a vintage shop where she buys antiques and repurposes them into something clever that people pay her for. Everyone's dream right? [...]

    12. A little better than the other chick-lit I've read recently. At least the lives of the women portrayed were real and understandable. I enjoyed the stark differences between them all, and the types of relationships they had as a result of this. I do have to say though, Bitty's diary was really interesting. I enjoyed "her" writing style and the fact that she was writing a suicide note to anybody and nobody. When it turned into a diary, it was fitting. What I absolutely hated was her description of [...]

    13. I was a lucky First Reads winner and received this ARC in the Giveaway. I want to thank both the publisher and for this opportunity. It was a reading pleasure! This was my first Beth Harbison novel, and I am sure it will not be my last. It was great chick lit, an easy summer beach read that was both enjoyable and heartwarming. I liked that the main characters were not your typical “let’s go on a road trip” BFFs, but rather an unlikely combo of Colleen, (age 34, who is traveling south in [...]

    14. This book pulled me in from the beginning and I couldn't put it down! The three story lines were so well developed although it wasn't hard to guess how the video issue would turn out but her character was so well written that I didn't mind. The only thing was that it was so easy to get drawn into each woman's sadness that I felt sort of depressed myself while I was reading. I enjoyed the fact that there was a happy ending for all.

    15. I really enjoyed this book. It was a feel good book for me, even if the ending was a bit predictable. I liked the characters of the book, although I do feel they could have been developed a bit more. I found myself anxious to finish the book once I started it. I would definitely recommend this book if you're looking for a good read.

    16. I kind of loved this. It's the improbable story of a road trip with three women who have problems to face, and quandaries to solve, and questions to resolve. But somehow it's believable and wonderful, and the perfect summer "beach read."

    17. I'm so glad I didn't give up on her after the last novel! What a great tale of 3 women taking a road trip in unorthodox circumstances only to learn about life and themselves in ways they never thought. Great read!

    18. Each woman in this book is having a hard time with life and certain people or things involved in their own. The three women, Colleen, Tamara, and Bitty, are all connected through Colleen and are each searching for something that seems to be missing in their lives. Colleen doesn’t quite know what she is searching for, Tamara is a troubled teen with a past, and Bitty is struggling in a horrible marriage. These three women end up together for a two week car ride up the coast looking for new items [...]

    19. I enjoyed Driving with the Top Down by Beth Harbison. It was a quick, relaxing, well written read. After a prologue which introduces the ideal life the three main characters aspire to live, we get introduced to their actual lives.Colleen Bradley is looking forward to an antiquing road trip down the east coast, in her convertible. She is in search of acquisitions for her business, Junk and Disorderly, where she restores antiques to resell as well as recreates vintage finds into unique creations. [...]

    20. Full disclosure: I received this novel as a First Reads giveaway, but that in no way affects my review.Road tripwith two women: one a surly, unruly teen, the other her aunt. Add to that, a suicidal old friend and therein lies the makings of a contemporary, fun chick-lit novel.Colleen is a wife, mother, and small businesswoman who creatively refinishes and refurbishes antiques. Her husband and son are heading off on a guys-only week-long trip so she decides on a trip down the East coast to reple [...]

    21. I really wanted to like this book. I chose it as the first of several audiobooks I'd received to review because I just loved the concept -- three gals, a road trip. "How fun!" I thought. "They will get into all kinds of fun adventures! It will make me want to grab my besties and hit the open road!"Unfortunately, it did not. Admittedly, their lives all kinda sucked (except for Colleen, who was just making her own drama for no good reason), but this book to me was basically just them whining about [...]

    22. I won this book through ' giveaway program, and I am very glad I won it. Premise: I have never read a book in this genre, and I was very skeptical going in. I have never pictured myself reading "chicklit" or anything like it, but I signed up to win this book as a way of broadening my horizons. I really enjoyed it. The story line was simple, but surprisingly engaging. The kind of story you can relate to, and really allowed you to focus on who the story was happening to instead of what was actuall [...]

    23. I won this ARC in a Giveaway.I've only read one other Beth Harbison book - When in Doubt, Add Butter - but definitely put her books in the category of beach read or brain candy. There is nothing wrong with brain candy, sometimes it is just what the doctor ordered. Getting the balance of "don't expect too much from the reader" and "entertain the reader and keep her interested" is something many writers fail at. Beth Harbison has it down solid.I liked the characters in this book. Colleen is someo [...]

    24. Colleen is questioning her ability as a wife and mother. Her business has not had a good year. So when her husband and son go off on a father/son trip to Cooperstown, Colleen plans a trip of her own. She repurposes antiques and unique items, and takes off to find new treasures. What she wasn't expecting was a passenger. She is asked to take her 16 year old neice, Tamara, who has made one too many bad choices. With resentment, Colleen agrees. To her surprise, Colleen finds Tamara funny and engagi [...]

    25. I won this as an ARC in a giveaway and I would say this is more in the 3.5 stars range but I'll push it up to four because three just seems too low. It is what I consider as a beach or pool-side read, something entertaining enough that it holds my attention but something I don't have to be totally focused on or I'll miss something important. It's a story of two women and a teenager who end up on a road trip together, the friendship that develops and the issues each are facing. It's a bit predic [...]

    26. What a pleasant and refreshing road trip through friendship, heartache and life lessons. When we first began this story, we wondered just where this journey would take us. We enjoyed the author's skill at weaving not only a story, but stringing together a collection of words that kept us listening (as we enjoyed the audio version of this book).Needless to say, we look forward to reading more from is author. We can recommend this to anyone who wants a fun, easy read and a satisfying conclusion.

    27. I won this book through the first reads giveaways. This book is the perfect summer read.The lives and adventures of these three amazing women come together in a way that keeps you longing to learn more and more. I would dare say as a women that most of us have questioned our lot in life or have found ourselves in situations that we never dared possible. The characters in this story are no different. I really enjoyed this book and plan on reading other works from this author.

    28. I got this book in a Good reads Giveaway,I love how in the book its based on modern day. I wasn't too unfamiliar with some of the people Beth Harbison used. At first, I wasn't too sure how well I liked the book. Thought it was going to be super boring, and only about Collen buying antique stuff. But boy was I wrong, there was a little bit of drama, and a little of looovee. At one point I couldn't put the book down! This book has kept me on my feet since day one. good job Beth!:)

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