A drifter since his teens, Jimmy Dorsett has no home and no hope. What he does have is a duffel bag, a lot of stories, and a junker car. Then one cold desert night he picks up a hitchhiker and ends up with something more: a letter from a dying man to the son he hasn’t seen in years.
On a quest to deliver the letter, Jimmy travels to Rattlesnake, a small town nestled in the foothills of the California Sierras. The centerpiece of the town is the Rattlesnake Inn, where the bartender is handsome former cowboy Shane Little. Sparks fly, and when Jimmy’s car gives up the ghost, Shane gets him a job as handyman at the inn.
Both within the community of Rattlesnake and in Shane’s arms, Jimmy finds an unaccustomed peace. But it can’t be a lasting thing. The open road continues to call, and surely Shane—a strong, proud man with a painful past and a difficult present—deserves better than a lying vagabond who can’t stay put for long.
Jut as good the second time around. An absolutely amazing story that draws you in slow and smooth like a cool breeze rolling through the desert. Or some shit like that. I dunno, I’m no Kim Fielding. But this story and these characters just sneak up on you, in the most wonderful way. Beautiful, kind, broken Jimmy. Who spends so much time admiring Shane’s strength and resilience, without noticing his own. He sees the worth in others but has been so beaten down by life, that he can’t see his own. It’s not depressing and he’s no whiner. Jimmy doesn’t even realize it until Shane burrows into his life and refuses to leave.
And the narration did it justice. In my original review I commented that I heard Jimmy’s voice in my head with a bit of a southern drawl because he has that “aw shucks, ma’am” feel to him. The narrator didn’t do that, but the steady rhythm of Jimmy’s stories still couldn’t help but draw me in. K.C. Kelley nailed it. This isn’t a book the narrator can just read, because both MC’s have a depth of character that requires some soul. I was scared to try to audio version because I loved the original so much, but I’m glad to say that it delivered. I’m pretty confident that both the book and the audiobook are gonna be re-reads for me.