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Review in the March 2020 edition of the North Mason Lighthouse

CRdeSoto  I love this book! For many reasons, so I will name just a few: It made me laugh, then cry, then laugh, laugh, laugh. I read it during the day and in the middle of the night and would laugh audibly. Namely because I think we all know someone who fits the description of the “MOUTH”. We try to be kind to them, but they irritate us to death! AND we all, no doubt, have had to deal with those companies that do not perform as they should...which is an understatement. I also love to travel so I enjoyed the vivid descriptions of the areas traveled together with historical data, nice extra. This book was a delightful read. Hope you all enjoy it as much as I did.

A.Fischer  Love the book! Having a hard time putting it down! You write beautifully and have such a lively perspective. Obviously a special gift and refreshing spirit! Thank you for crossing our path, it enriches us. 🥰 I plan to purchase several copies for book loving friends & relatives.

TRDerryBerry  "I use to be a person who didn't go anywhere without a book nearby. After losing my husband 2 years ago, I haven't felt like reading at all. But I picked up this book and couldn't put it down, 5 hours later I was done and wanted more! Get busy on a new adventure for us!"

Grogan/Fellow Traveler at Heart! "I sat down and read from beginning to end in the same evening this amazing story of human endurance! Bravo Jolene! To your tenacity and unwillingness to give in to one misfortune after another. We can all learn lessons from your journey of adventure and triumph over what life throws at us. Looking forward to the next road trip! "Life is either a daring adventure or nothing" Helen Keller"

T. Stevens, Arizona  "What a great first book in the Jana and Nathan Behringer series. I could not put it down and so I finished it in one day. It was fun to tag along with this dedicated couple and their travel companions, two and four legged alike. I identify with Jana, in being a planner. She adjusted to the frustration of her plans with humor and adaptability. Enjoy the ride with her and Nathan and the varied characters they meet along the way. Chapter 2 is a lovely farewell of a love letter to Arizona. For any who have had to leave a beloved place, due to circumstances beyond their control, your heartstrings will tug. Jolene, please keep putting random song references in your writings! Can't wait for the next adventure! "

G. Rogers/Author/Editor  "I think Jolene did a lovely job on her  book. I LOVE the story! I am applauding her. She is GREAT at educating people and her book is educational, fun and descriptive. Heck, she knows so much about Arizona, she could market aspects of the book to travel magazines. I have so enjoyed this book.  She has an amazing mind, so keep the ideas flowing Jolene.” 

C. Rock/Beta Reader  “I love Jolene's book. I couldn’t stop once I started…I was up until midnight.” 

MJ/Retired school teacher/Beta reader  “I enjoyed Jolene's story. I was interested and wanted to know how this ‘nightmare’ unfolded and ultimately how it was resolved. I found myself wanting to know about this Sean dude. She did a beautiful job describing areas that I know and the areas that I’ve never been to. She made me want to visit those, although, not under those circumstances. Her thorough research made her storytelling so interesting! 

KB/Beta Reader  "Everyone has at least one thing that brings them pure unadulterated joy, something that ignites in us a passion for living. Some of us have been fortunate enough to discover what that thing is.

For myself as well as Jolene, among the many things that bring us joy we have found the one thing that truly makes us exited to be alive - hitting the open road. Now while travel can be fun, most of us hate to pack up and move, but not so for people like us. That is when things get truly exiting. There is something about the excitement of uncertainty, the hope for better things to come and the promise that either way it will be an adventure and one more story to tell.

It takes a lot to kill a passion like that and while Jolene still has itchy feet and a heart that yearns for new horizons, this is the story of the death of passion. Lots of things can be traumatic and life changing - irritation and frustration should not be... but they were. It’s like turning back on a hiking trail because of a headache and having to continually pick rocks out of your shoes, swat at flies and spider webs, get stung by bees and mosquitoes, step in quicksand and get chased by a bear all the way back. At no point in this story do Jolene or Nathan themselves through their own incompetence, lack of foresight, or any other mistake or misgiving find themselves in a situation that made them rethink their decision to move since the move was instigated by ever worsening health problems. That being said, they continually found themselves in situations and surrounded by people that made them decide that this was the last move - at least out of state.

As you read the horror stories of the trip you would think you might come to the same conclusion to stay put but that’s not the case. Along the way Jolene’s narrative paints a picture of the passing scenery and people she meets and visits that you can’t help but want to see them for yourself. Jolene and Nathan’s misadventures, as bad as they were, still weren’t bad enough to kill the hope that maybe you could head out and see the same sights, smell the same smells, meet the same people and come back with a story that lacked all of the bad. When you read a story like this you can’t help but feel after putting it down that maybe the next time you hit the road or step outside your front door you’ll have an adventure coming your way and if you don’t, you can always pick this one up again or wait for the next one to hit the shelves."

  • Vicki Dault

    4 weeks ago

    Over the years, I have read a number of books that have taken me on adventures & experiences that I have very much enjoyed .... but this book, "The Mouth, the Heat and a Busload of Hippies" took me on a trip that touched my emotions from excitement, sadness, anger and frustration. I even teared up a few times being right there with the author. The book captured my attention from the beginning and I could not put it down until I finished it. Thanks so much Jolene Sladekova for sharing this journey with all of us. Will be looking forward to your next publication. A happy reader I am.
    Bill Dault - Tucson Arizona

  • Tonya Rollins

    on March 25, 2020

    What a great read and well written book. I was able to ride along with Jana, Nathan, and Sean through their many misadventures because of how well written the book is. Thank you for letting me ride along on the journey.

  • Rose Swaino

    on February 27, 2020

    A must read!! I laughed and cried and laughed some more. And every time I think about it now I laugh. Couldn’t put it down. So many details that I appreciated. And most of us can relate to. Facts and history along the way. Excellent and I can’t wait for the next one!! She’s an amazing writer❤️

  • Kathi Michener

    on January 23, 2020

    Your book is a great read...throughly enjoyed it. Can’t wait to see what comes next.

  • Kodi Snider-Pelham

    on January 11, 2020

    I was so excited to read this story! I totally felt like I was sitting with a friend over coffee listening to her adventures! Jolene's style of writing is so playful, I could see myself in parts of her characters. They were so relatable, I felt so many of their emotions! The story had so many layers that Jolene left me wanting the next book in the series just to keep up with my new found "friends"! Please keep writing these stories! This was definitely a book I didnt want to put down!

  • KenandCas WoOdside

    on January 4, 2020

    Great writer. Parts of this book are documentary style and parts are keep you in the edge of your seat story line. A nice mix brings this into a fun quick read.

  • Danny Bealer

    on December 2, 2019

    I am honored to have the 1st copy of the book, and be the first official reader.
    Being an avid (non) reader but an audio listener. I feel impelled to leave my review.
    I picked up my copy and read it through each evening for about a week. What happened was, I laughed, I teared up, and smiled a lot as I read it.
    I am Proud of your book. I have always loved your story telling style, and believed in you!
    I really believe people will enjoy this story and the adventure.
    DB. first reader

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