Elvis Takes a Back Seat Author:Leanna Ellis Elvis Takes a Back Seatby award-winning novelist Leanna Ellis is the endearing story of Claudia, a young widow determined to fulfill her husband’s last request by hauling a three-foot bust of Elvis Presley in the backseat of a vintage Cadillac from Dallas to Memphis to return it to its rightful owner. The road t... more »rip?taken with an eccentric aunt who actually knew the ?King of Rock ’n’ Roll,? and a temperamental teen with a suspicious mind of her own?hits some royal roadblocks and detours as these women uncover pieces of their past along with the bust’s mysterious history. What they find along the way changes their lives forever, inspiring readers to also step out in faith« less
Well, I enjoyed this book. Hey, it's got Elvis. What's not to like?
But, as far being Christian fiction (which is how it's classified)I didn't get much out of it. The story is more about a woman dealing with the loss of her parents and, more recently, her husband. She seems to have lost her faith (or maybe never had real faith to begin with?)and it takes a road trip with a giant bust of Elvis to get her back on the right track.
In my opinion, there was very little that really dealt with Christianity or faith. However, even though it wasn't "deep", it was a fun and enjoyable story. How can you go wrong with Elvis? :)
This book was a fast read and a lot of fun. As the other reader mentioned it is not especially deeply rooted in God's word and does not give you a sense of who the character really does believe in exaclty. But it is fun. It has a couple of twists that make it all worth the time. I enjoyed the book and then shared it.
Claudia husband Stu has been dead for over a year, it is time to get rid of the stuff he left behind that isnt needed. Claudia finds a box with a Large Bust of Elvis and a note that she needs to return this to Memphis. Claudia's Aunt Rae was helping Claudia with Stu, during his dying months, and STU told her many secrets, Vice Versa. Ben, Stu's best friend since college, and the person who introduced Stu and Claudia, has a 15 year old daughter IVY.
Claudia, IVY and Rea, head out to Memphis to find the true owner of the Elvis bust. I read to page 150, about 1/2 way, and little clues screamed at you. Those kind of clues where the author makes you feel smart that you figured it out, and also kind of stupid, cause they made it so easy. Of course the reader can see the clue, not our characters. So I wondered if there would be anything new in the last half of the book, except for the lights going on in the minds of our characters. Well, YES! The book offers more, and the last 1/2 is just as enjoyable as the 1st Half.
The ending wasnt a surprise, you will see it coming from the beginning or maybe the middle. Knowing the ending doesnt make any less of a perfect ending.
Now, for those Christians who like a real strong Jesus, message, with salvation and bible verses, those are just not there. This book has more a faith, and healing, and hope, message. I prefer those kind. It spoke to me right where I was at in my life.
I am not a Elvis Fanatic. This book was full of Elvis everywhere, even the chapter titles were song titles, But it wasnt over kill.
This book brought about laughter and a few tears here and there. The hard times Claudia (main character) has faced in her life brings her to a crossroad in her faith with many unanswered questions. I appreciate the honesty written in this character. While the questions aren't answered (as they seldom are in real life), the obstacle is learning to have faith--again. The so-called twists were a little predictable. However, I happened to read this book at the perfect moment for what I was going through in my own walk, troubling times, and unanswered questions. In conclusion, it's a fun read with a fun ending (I had a tear!).