July 26, 2013 - 16:05 — ShannonMcNaperville

Maybe you don't have time to take a trip this summer. You can always live vicariously through these stories!

  • Dreamboat by Judith Gould. Eager to change her life, Crissy sets sail on a month-long cruise, but the calm seas of her luxury vacation are beset by squalls involving a love triangle, betrayal and even murder.
  • The Enchanted April by Elizabeth von Arnim. Intrigued by an advertisement appealing to "those who appreciate wisteria and sunshine," four English women rent a castle on the Italian Riviera and find themselves altered by their vacation. This lesser-known classic (first printed in 1922) will transport you.
  • Ladies Coupe by Anita Nair. Middle-aged Akhila, single and exhausted by the demands of her family, buys herself a one-way ticket to a resort town. En route, she and the other women sharing her train car share stories of their lives...proving that a vacation can be just as much about the journey as about the destination.
  • Leaving Unknown by Kerry Reichs. Maeve's cross-country road trip abruptly ends -- mid-journey -- when her broken-down car (Elsie) goes kaput. Ending up in the town of Unknown, Arizona, she has to earn the money for the car repairs...but is it worth sticking around in this quirky town?
  • The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian. Ella, a feisty 80-something who has finally stopped cancer treatments, escapes with her husband John (whose Alzheimer's in getting progressively worse) in their RV for one final wild road trip on Route 66, destination: Disneyland. A fifty-year marriage is the backbone of a story punctuated with the humor of travel mishaps and nostalgia of roadside attractions.

DreamboatThe Enchanted AprilLadies CoupeLeaving UnknownThe Leisure Seeker