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Reviewed by Claudia Robinson

“I know nothing lasts, but even when you know that things are just about over, sometimes you can run back and take a little bit more and no one will notice. ” – Ella

The Leisure Seeker by Michael Zadoorian should be prefaced with a warning. “Readers will cry, laugh out loud and sigh heavily. Do not read in public for fear of ridicule.”

Sixty years in to their marriage, Ella and John have come to a crossroads. John is plagued by Alzheimer’s with very infrequent bouts of reality and Ella is riddled with cancer. Eager to have one final adventure, Ella and John pack up their belongings, load themselves in to their RV and against explicit orders from doctors and family, head out of Detroit, destination Disneyland.

With John at the helm and Ella as his co-pilot, this unlikely Bonny and Clyde take on Route 66 in search of memories and a past life both are very quickly forgetting. Armed with bologna, pain pills, booze and boxes upon boxes of old photos and a projection screen, John and Ella embark on one final journey.

Seeking to reclaim a piece of their lives, a semblance of what was, weighted heavily under what is and what is to be, Ella and John press on, despite the pain, in spite of the obstacles, across the miles of highway and time.

Through Ella and John, Michael reminds his readers that life is short, it’s never too late to act upon a dream, and that true love is eternal, through sickness and sickness, even when your significant other can’t remember your name or when to change their underwear.

The Leisure Seeker is witty, hilarious, smart, sassy, painful, soul wrenching and in your face real.

And really freakin’ good.

So good, that while I want everyone else to read it, I won’t lend my copy out for fear of not getting it back. This one is a true gem. A writer’s dream accomplishment and a reader’s dream come true.

Rating: 5/5

Claudia lives on Cape Cod with her husband and two children. She entertains her passion for reading in between being a full-time Mom, aspiring writer, avid photographer & co-leader of the Cape Cod Community Angels, a non-profit organization for young girls involved in volunteering in their Community.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Kelley & Hall Book Publicity. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.