Elvis Takes a Back Seat
Leanna Ellis
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East meets West across time and tradition as three young American women and their Indian immigrant mothers take first steps toward true sisterhood, shattering secrets and sharing joy and tears in Leanna Ellis's
Elvis Takes a Back Seat

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Elvis Takes a Back Seat
Leanna Ellis
B&H Books
320 pages
January 2008
rated 4 of 5 possible stars

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Have you ever found a note and not known what its true meaning is? Claudia has just that kind of note but is not able to ask the author for its meaning. Her husband, Stu, has recently died. Her friends keep telling her it's time for her to move on, but she cannot until she solves the mystery behind this note. The note is telling her to "return Elvis to where he belongs." So just where does the three-foot bust of the king of rock 'n' roll belong? Her life becomes entangled with the mystery of where she should take him.

Memphis and Graceland are fitting places for Elvis, right? She enlists her eccentric aunt to travel with her - after all, Aunt Rae claims that she met Elvis Presley years ago. Wanting to be a positive role model for Ivy, she takes her along on the trip. Ivy is the 17-year-old daughter of her boss and good friend Ben who lost her mother at a very young age. The threesome set out for an adventure. When dining in a restaurant, Elvis gets unwanted attention being tucked in the back seat of the sedan. Will the bust make it to its rightful place without being stolen? Why is Ivy always sick - is it just carsickness?

Elvis Takes a Back Seat is a hilarious yet very dramatic book that will have you laughing and crying. Your heart will go out to Ivy and the challenges of trying to grow up and face life's difficult decisions. Leanna Ellis has written an excellent novel. She is quite talented, and I anxiously await another book by her. Even if you aren't (or weren't) a fan of Elvis Presley, you will find yourself thinking "I can't help falling in love with you" while reading this book.

Originally published on Curled Up With A Good Book at www.curledup.com. Lori Plach, 2008

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