Perhaps you may have heard of a social media sensation of Miss Norma: 90+ year old woman lost her husband and was diagnosed with cancer at around the same time. When faced with the prospect of surgery, chemotherapy and months of recovery (if she survived the treatments), Miss Norma decided to hit the road with her son and daughter-in-law and make the most of her time left. This is the story of her journey and the of the two people who accompanied her (as well as some of the people they met along the way).
Basically this is a retelling of the story told on social media and the like. You may have seen pictures of Miss Norma in some interesting activity: horseback riding, at some well-known monument, etc. It might not seem very interesting to a lot of people who may have done the same on vacation or what not, but it was a chance for Miss Norma to do what she could not while married and raising two children, one of whom (Tim) is along for this ride.
Overall it was interesting to get some of the details fleshed out and to see her story in book form but the book really lacked the charm of following her in "real" (give or take) time via online postings. It alternates between the POVs of Tim and Ramie (his wife and Norma's DiL) which is a bit frustrating (I really dislike that device). Neither Tim nor Ramie are particularly interesting in themselves so I wasn't too into reading their backgrounds (although Tim at least helps give more info on how he and his wife end up doing this trip with his mother and the information about the family might help the reader understand the story more).
Overall it felt like a missed opportunity. I wished there had been pictures throughout the tale instead of in the middle (like, a coffee book with full page or at least larger color photos would have been a really fantastic idea). There is actually quite a lot to think about: some people don't like Ramie and Tim for their approach, how they talk about themselves, etc. Something perhaps not quite addressed is that although the two made the choice not to have a family and to be frugal so they could undertake something like this (they had previously been somewhat nomadic before this trip) life eventually caught up with them and they ended up caring for a parent that many people are facing or will face in the future. While it appears Norma mostly had support for making this choice there are many who wouldn't want a parent to undertake a journey like this. And so forth.
It was perhaps not within the authors' aims to address those, but this somewhat felt like the were cashing in on a social media sensation that is finished when there was a fantastic chance to address other aspects to Miss Norma's choices and final journey.
It was an interesting read but I'm glad I waited for the library and didn't buy it. If you followed Miss Norma and want to learn about the trip then this wasn't terrible but don't expect it to be as fun or enjoyable.