Monday, October 29, 2007

Miles Apart-Ken Casper

Miles Apart
Ken Casper
Harlequin NASCAR, Dec 2007, $5.99
ISBN: 9780373217816

NASCAR superstar Jack Dolman has mixed feelings when he learns about the death of his former wife. He wouldn’t have wanted her to die, but when he goes to the funeral he also sees this as a chance to perhaps reconcile with their strange son Johnny. However, Jack knows the track will be hazardous as his former late wife’s second husband has told many fabrications about him over the years including that Jack had abandoned him when eh was four years old. In fact Johnny became a chip off the old stepfather’s block when he turned to famous Formula One driving.

Johnny hates his father and decides to join NASCAR to punish his biological dad. Meanwhile Jack and his former love Meg Truesdale rekindle what both thought died. She also tries to bring father and son together although she has daughter troubles of her own.

This is a fun NASCAR romance that combines a second chance at love with a family reconciliation drama. Jack is a fabulous protagonist as he struggles with being part of Johnny’s life, but his offspring has spent a quarter of a century hating him. Although a subplot involving Meg’s daughter is unnecessary crowding on the oval, readers will enjoy Ken Casper’s fine tale of a champion driver trying to overcome life’s worst SPEED BUMPS.

Harriet Klausner

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