A Thousand Miles to Graceland
by Kristen Mei Chase
Publication Date January 24, 2023
Published by Grand Central Publishing
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Genres: Fiction / Asian American, Fiction / Family Life / General, Fiction / Humorous / General, Fiction / Romance / Contemporary, Fiction / Women
The journey of a thousand miles begins with sequins and a beehive wig in this sharply funny and achingly tender debut novel about mothers, daughters, and the surprising power of Elvis.
Grace Johnson can’t escape the feeling that her life is on autopilot—until her husband announces he’s done with their marriage. Grace has a choice: wallow in humiliation . . . or reluctantly grant her outlandish mother’s seventieth birthday wish with a road trip Graceland. Buckle up, Elvis. We’re on our way.
Now the two are hightailing it from El Paso to Memphis, leaving a trail of sequins, false eyelashes, and difficult memories in their wake. Between spontaneous roadside stops to psychics, wig mishaps, and familiar passive-aggressive zingers, Grace is starting to better understand her Elvis-obsessed mama and their own fragile connection. She may even have another shot at love. Apparently the King really does work in mysterious ways. But after all these years, will it ever be possible for Grace and her mom to heal the hurts of the past?
A Thousand Miles to Graceland by Kristen Mei Chase is a delightful road trip story about a woman and her eccentric mother. This mother-daughter bonding trip is heartwarming, emotional, and a lot of fun.
Grace Johnson’s husband has left her and she’s feeling lost and doesn’t know what to do next, so when her mother suggests they go on a road trip to Graceland in Memphis, she reluctantly decides to go along. Grace’s relationship with her outlandish mother hasn’t always been good, and she’s not looking forward to spending so much time together. But, it’s her mother’s seventieth birthday, and she knows it’s the right thing to do.
So, Grace and her Elvis-obsessed mama hop in a purple Cadillac and drive from El Paso, Texas to Memphis Tennessee to see the iconic Graceland, the previous home of Elvis Presley. Along the way, they have a few adventures and learn a lot about themselves and each other.
I love a good road trip book, and A Thousand Miles to Graceland did not disappoint! The story is heartwarming, funny, and emotional at times. Grace and her mother couldn’t be more different on the surface, but as we get to know each of them more, we realize that they are quite similar deep down inside.
I thought the pacing was very well done. There were moments of humor to break up the more emotional parts and that made a nice balance. There is also a bit of light romance, that I also enjoyed.
If you enjoy heartwarming stories about family dynamics, with a bit of humor and romance, this is the book for you.
I highly recommend A Thousand Miles to Graceland to anyone who enjoys stories about families. I received a complimentary copy of this book. The opinions expressed in this review are completely my own.
Have you read A Thousand Miles to Graceland?
I do love the cover and I enjoy road trip stories. Might not be enough romance in this one for me, but it does sound like it was a fun read. Great review!
I wasn’t sure about this book when I originally saw it, but now wish I had requested an ARC. This sounds wonderful. I love road trip books, as well as stories about mothers and daughters, throw in humor and it ticks all the boxes. Wonderful review, Wendy.
I love books about road trips and family dynamics plus I lived in Memphis for awhile so its always fun to read about areas I’m familiar with. I’m so glad to see you enjoyed it! Now I definitely need to add this to my TBR.
Great review! I want to read this now.
I need to read more road trip books. This sounds lovely. Amazing review!
Who doesnt love a good road trip!
Thanks for recommending the book, will add to the list.
Oh wow Wendy, this sounds like a fun one. Wonderful review.
Thanky you, Kimberly
Love the sound of this story with its splash of Elvis.
I don’t know if I’ve read a road trip book. This sounds fun. I would LOVE to take a road trip to Graceland. I might have to read this and live vicariously.
I’d love to go there too!
Sounds like a heartwarming story – glad you enjoyed it!
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Thank you, Terrie!
I do love a good roadtrip story too! I’ll have to check this one out.
Thank you, Rachel.
Great review, Wendy, sounds great!!
Thank you, Cindy
This sounds like a book I would enjoy! Good review, Wendy!
Thank you, Jolene.
I love a good road trip story. 🙂
Me too! Thank you, Greg
What a fun cover! I love a good road trip book and can’t wait to read this one. Great review Wendy, I hope you have a great weekend!
Thank you, i hope you have a great weekend too
I really like the sound of this; mothers, daughters, roadtrips and Elvis it sounds like a great read. Thanks for sharing
Thank you, Sarah!
Elvis and a Cadillac–what’s not to like!
Exactly! Thank you, Mallika!
I’m a big fan of road trip books as well and this one sounds really sweet! I like how Elvis is such a huge part of it – so creative. I’ll have to check this one out in the near future 🙂
thank you, Stephanie
I love a good mother-daughter story! Thanks for sharing another great review Wendy!
Thank you, Jodie!
This books sounds good! I love that humor helped the emotional parts not get too heavy. Also, kind of timely with Lisa Marie’s passing, sadly.
Yes, I finished reading this on the day she passed. So sad.
This sounds like a fun mother-daughter book. The publication is timely given the recent passing of Lisa Presley. I know it is not about her, but there is that connection.
Yes! I just finished reading it when she passed. So sad.
This book sounds really fun and we love the cover!
This does sound like a lovely book journey with all the feels. Excellent review!
Thank you, Tessa!
Great review! I have no interest in Elvis, but I do love a good road trip story, so I am tempted by this one.
Yes, the Elvis part was good, but it was really about the road trip and the mother/daughter relationship.
This sounds like a great read and like something that could be made into a movie. Glad you enjoyed it!
It would make a very fun movie!
Awesome review Wendy. I have this one waiting for me on my kindle!📚🤗☕💜
I hope you enjoy it, Susan!
Love the Gracelands theme.
I did too. I like that the mother is such an Elvis fan
I love stories about road trips, and the Elvis connection is an added bonus.
Yes, it all worked together well in this book. Thanks!
Great review, Wendy! This sounds like a fun roadtrip story featuring a mother and daughter. It really does sound heartwarming!
Thank you very much, Stephanie!
This sounds really good and a pick me up kinda book, great review 😊
Yes, it was a lot of fun.