- Mass Market Paperback: 448 pages
- Publisher: Mira Books (2000)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 1551665999
- ISBN-13: 978-1551665993
- Product Dimensions: 17.4 x 10.8 x 3.1 cm
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 2,133,582 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
Slowly, Charlene begins to gather herself together. She drives for the first in six years and takes a job at the beauty parlor. Mason MacCoy begins to court her. Unbeknownst to Charlene, Mason has loved her ever since he first met her a decade ago. In her forties, Charlene begins to regain her self-respect and buried hopes even as she starts to fall in love with her suitor.
DRIVING LESSONS is an interesting character piece that demonstrates the width of talent that best-selling author Curtiss Ann Matlock possesses. The story line centers on the actions and reactions of various players to Joey, who is not an evil person, leaving his family. This tale is a thought-provoking novel because the author avoids the pitfalls of turning Joey into pure evil and Charlene into pure goodness. Instead these are real people coping with a crisis and the way the author handles that will bring much acclaim to Ms. Matlock.
As with the other books of Curtiss Ann Matlock's that I've read, the pages of DRIVING LESSONS fairly teem with eccentric but loveable characters and down-home, humor-laced wisdom. Don't expect to find lots of fast-paced action here, or a bunch of steamy sex scenes. Those aren't Matlock's style. What you WILL find is an uncanny ability to capture the magic in small moments and everyday occurrences, and a sexual chemistry that far surpasses anything merely physical. Since this is primarily Charlene's story, the romance seems more of a subplot than the driving force of the storyline, but it is a lovely, sweet romance all the same. My only complaint, and it's a minor one, is that the ending seemed a tad abrupt after such a luxuriously developed story -- and I did want to know what happened with Rainey and her baby! But Charlene and Mason are wonderful characters, flawed and appealing and real. . .as are all the inhabitants of Valentine, Oklahoma. Another keeper for sure.
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