The year is 2007 and the Stardust Casino is scheduled for demolition. Grace's chance to see the icon from her past one last time fades, after the car she's driving breaks down outside Little Rock, Arkansas. But on their way to the Grand Canyon, Ray and his eleven-year-old son, Benny, stop to help, and before Grace has time to talk herself out of it, she accepts their offer to take her to Las Vegas. As Ray's classic Olds Cutlass eats up miles of highway, Grace can't shake the feeling the boy controls the journey and something greater than their physical selves is riding shotgun.
At a gas stop in Oklahoma, Benny knocks over a garbage can and discovers a bag full of money. It's not long before the man who hid the bag is on their tail, demanding its return. But despite Ray's efforts to comply, nobody anticipates the resourcefulness of a boy like Benny, launching father, son, and Grace "...on the trip of a lifetime, with unexpected, often hilarious, results." Patricia Day, 5-Star Readers' Favorite
"A great read for book clubs!"
"...refreshingly good medicine."
"...a powerful, empowering story for all ages."
Previously published as Father, Son & Grace.
About the Author
Writing in the spirit of adventure and happy endings, Pacific Northwest author Cindy Hiday has won numerous honors, including first place in the Kay Snow Awards for Fiction from Willamette Writers. Her humorous literary novel, Father, Son & Grace (republished as Destination Stardust), is a five-star Readers' Favorite and local book club choice. When she isn't writing, Cindy enjoys growing her own produce, hiking old-growth forests in search of the next waterfall, and strolling long, sandy beaches.
"You'll be taken on the trip of a lifetime, with unexpected, often hilarious results."
"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."
"I normally read mystery and thriller novels, yet I LOVED this book. I highly recommend it and seriously hope the sequel is forthcoming!"
"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 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."