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A road trip can drive anyone over the edge - especially two former best friends - in bestselling author Ann Garvin’s funny and poignant novel about broken bonds, messy histories, and the power of forgiveness.

Widowed Samantha Arias hasn’t spoken to Holly Dunfee in forever. It’s for the best. Samantha prefers to avoid conflict. The blisteringly honest Holly craves it. What they still have in common puts them both back on speed dial: a mutual love for Katie, their best friend of twenty-five years, now hospitalized with cancer and needing one little errand from her old college roomies. 

It’s simple: travel cross-country together, steal her loathsome ex-husband’s VW camper, find Katie’s diabetic Great Pyrenees at a Utah pound, and drive him back home to Wisconsin. If it’ll make Katie happy, no favor is too big (one hundred pounds), too daunting (two thousand miles), or too illegal (ish), even when a boho D-list celebrity hitches a ride and drives the road trip in fresh directions.

Samantha and Holly are following every new turn - toward second chances, unexpected romance, and self-discovery - and finally blowing the dust off the secret that broke their friendship. On the open road, they’ll try to put it back together - for themselves, and especially for the love of Katie.

©2021 by Ann Garvin. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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  • TaSigmund
  • 04-05-21

Excellent Story

This book has been hyped up so much. Yeah this book lives up to it. These 3 women are the type that you wish you were friends with. I Thought This Would Work is a sweet story of friendship and forgiveness. It's smartly written and so witty. This is my first book by Ann Garvin, such a good book to start with. I wonder if her other books are this good. I recommend this book, it's great.

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  • Jamie P.
  • 07-06-21

Story of finding ones self and friendship

Great read! Was a Kindle First Read and I didn't expect much but really enjoyed the book. I wanted to know if Peanut would make it to Katie, Sam friend herself, love and forgiveness. Holly find peace and forgiveness.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 06-06-21

Incredible

This is one of the best books I have ever read/listened to. It’s got a little bit of everything and goes way beyond chic lit. It made me think about a couple of old friends that I need to find.

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  • KATHY
  • 01-06-21

good summer read

Tge story moved along, it was entertaining and shows how tricky relationships with true friends can be

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  • Angela DeBartolo
  • 24-05-21

I laughed and cried

Loved this story...I laughed with the characters and cried with the Cancer storyline. A great read.

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  • Babybear
  • 21-05-21

It worked!

Excellent book I had randomly chosen. 100% real life relatable. Touches on a vast array of what life throws at you through the years and how you decide to face those challenges are up to you. If fortunate enough to meet the "Rocky Road" with some friends by your side, the adventure of life can certainly become an enjoyable bowl of ice cream to be shared and talked with afterward instead of a life of potholes and changing of tires.

I thoroughly enjoyed the laughs, the odd ball moments, the loss, the realness, pain, and joy- the journey they took. Well done. I recommend this book. 👍

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  • Mom2+
  • 25-07-21

just a great, touching, humorous, relatable story

loved it. what a great summer read. all the women in this story touched my heart.

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  • Bella
  • 23-07-21

So many feelings !

Friends, life, love, dogs. This is life and all the time there is something going on. It is like a roller coaster and all have left to do it is to hold on your hat and keep going.

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  • Doniesha Spears
  • 16-06-21

Beautiful

If you like comedy, friendship, and a big plot twist then you are going love this.

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  • Karen L Colombo
  • 16-06-21

this definitely worked for me

This story really resonated with me. I thoroughly enjoyed it and felt a deep connection with the characters.