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The Route

The Route Carol a middle aged wife and mother is pondering the meaning of life On a trip to the grocery store to find some energizing dark chocolate she sees a sign asking for volunteers to deliver meals to

  • Title: The Route
  • Author: Gale Sears
  • ISBN: 9781935217244
  • Page: 320
  • Format: Paperback
  • Carol, a middle aged wife and mother, is pondering the meaning of life On a trip to the grocery store to find some energizing dark chocolate, she sees a sign asking for volunteers to deliver meals to the elderly When Carol decides to take a chance and help out, she s in for a life changing and route altering experience.

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    1. 2.5**From the book jacket: Carol, a middle-aged wife and mother, is pondering the meaning of life. On a trip to the grocery store she sees a sign asking for volunteers to deliver meals to the elderly. When Carol decides to take a chance and help out, she’s in for a life-changing – and route-altering – experience. My Reactions:This was okay, but I found little substance here and I felt it was predictable. Some of the patrons on Carol’s route were charming, some were irascible. A few neede [...]

    2. This is not the sort of book I usually read. But I took a little step out of my young adult/fantasy/apocalyptic-fiction comfort zone to try this feel-good story of a 50 year old woman who decides to try being a driver for a Meals on Wheels program. Carol is an empty-nester looking for some purpose and a way to just do something more. Her meal delivery route gives her even more than that: a chance to interact with some interesting and colorful characters, some of whom eventually make their way in [...]

    3. Gayle Sears begins her novel, The Route, in a uniquely captivating manner. It almost seems like the narrator of the story, Carol, is writing a letter to the reader about what it feels like to turn fifty after spending life as a SAHM when all the children have left home. Carol speaks in a witty manner about filling the void in her life, quickly drawing the reader in. Unfortunately the book quickly loses momentum in the next chapter as the story turns from an amusing narrative of one lively lady [...]

    4. The Route by Gale SearsThis little gem of a book is close to my heart, as it's a story about Gale's two year experience as a Meals-On-Wheels volunteer. As Bob and I have been on the MOW program for two years, I was able to see things from a different perspective. In this story, Carol has twelve people she needs to deliver meals to each Thursday. We get five different people delivering our meals each weekday, with a frozen meal delivered on Friday for the weekend and the first Monday of the month [...]

    5. Continuing on the "judging a book by its cover" theme, if I were in the publishing industry and responsible for The Route, I know exactly the format I would have used: the "Mitch Albom/Richard Paul Evans" small-format hardcover book, which indicates that what is contained within the covers is easy to read, somewhat sappy and inspirational.If I were a member of the Red Hat Society, or had to decide between living a life of leisure or a life of service, or planning to volunteer with Meals on Wheel [...]

    6. We can't begin to understand the challenges of aging and the aches of growing old until we have an elderly person in our life. Gale Sears' The Route gives insight, touches our heart, makes us ponder on the these years of retirement that might not be as joyous as we'd hope. She also makes the point that our attitude determines a lot of how we deal with it, and how it deals with us.The Route is a different kind of story--no mystery, only love stories in retrospect--no car chases. The story's true [...]

    7. Get a box of tissues, ladies. This one plays your heartstrings like a master on a Stradivarius.The author takes us with her to deliver lunches to the elderly, the infirm, the isolated members of her community. The kaleidoscope of personalities dazzles and depresses, inspires and intimidates, comforts and chills us. Life and death and trauma stare us in the face and won't let go until we acknowledge our own mortality. The author starts out to give service and along the way finds solace for hersel [...]

    8. Carol is in her fifties and pondering on the deeper things of life. While in the grocery store she sees a sign asking for volunteers to deliver meals to the elderly. During her service to these individuals she learns that each life is special and everyone has extraordinary stories to tell. She falls in love with these elderly people and made me love them as well. She discovers that sometimes the one who serves receives more than the one that is served.Ms. Sears has a true talent for characteriza [...]

    9. Note: this is one of the novels I'm reading as a voter for the Whitney Awards. My rating and review may or may not be indicative of how I will cast my vote.It's about what one might expect -- a collection of anecdotes, mostly heart warming and/or humorous and some general thoughts about life and aging and death. It doesn't quite cohere. The protagonist (author? it's technically fiction, but Sears suggests that the bulk of the novel if nonfiction with just a few things changed to protect the inno [...]

    10. This is a really good story; an inspiring, mostly true account of one woman's experiences with the "Meals on Wheels" program. The volunteer activity started off as an opportunity to stay busy and give back and turned into a life-changing view into the world of senior citizens. It's a very quick read and may persuade many who read this book (myself included) to participate in this worthwhile program that brings a hot meal to older folks who often don't see many others throughout the day. And that [...]

    11. When you first pick up "the Route", the cover is very deceiving. You see a beautiful, middle age woman, with a happy smile on her face; but don't let that carefree smile fool you. Little do you know, as the reader, there is a wonderful journey to be taken within these 184 pages. It is not always a happy, carefree journey either; but one that has it's ups and downs. I can tell you from the first page until the last, it is a fulfilling trip.If you would like to read more of my review about this wo [...]

    12. I met Gale at Education Week and read her book in one night. It was everything you look for in a book. characterization, funny moments, a heroine who is a good example, and lessons learned from the people you met in the book. It helped me to understand and to love old people mored reminded me of my days of visiting the widows as RS president, and although I didn't know how to go about it at the time, I jumped in and it is a very meaningful and sweet memory in my life.

    13. Not a great fan of this author but-- "Fifty makes you think." Carol a middle-aged house wife decides she needs to find the meaning of life and service is the way. She volunteers to deliver meals to the elderly one day a week. Humorous, warm and "makes you think". I liked her comments at the first where she indicates that these are real people she met in her time as a volunteer but the names have been changed "to protect the innocent, appease the ornery, and satisfy the shy."

    14. Fantastic book. I LOVED it. Great read and so well-written. It totally resonated with me because I grew up with my grandparents. I felt as though I experienced everything in the story and I thought Sears did an excellent job of differentiating between all the characters. A gem!Highly recommend it!

    15. Carol, a middle-aged wife and mother, is pondering the meaning of life. On a trip to the grocery store to find some energizing dark chocolate, she sees a sign asking for volunteers to deliver meals to the elderly. When Carol decides to take a chance and help out, she's in for a life-changing and route-altering experience.A quick read and very worthwhile!!

    16. A quick read about a woman and her experiences on her Meals on Wheels route. Based on actual experiences of the author. I enjoyed this book and the life lessons the main character learned from her time with the people she brought meals to.

    17. It was a little hard to get into because there are so many characters. I finally kept a marker in the page of character descriptions because I was referring to it so often. Such a good book! You get such a good look at the many faces of aging! Wonderful story!

    18. I enjoyed the premise of the book. I do wish the author would have delved into the main character a little more. There was a lot of summarizing and skipping through time. I felt the book needed to be slowed down as a whole.

    19. I like that a woman steps out of her comfort zone and learns to love others. Even if it seems like such a small part of her time. She sees that all people can be loved. Nancy Potter recommended this to me.

    20. I am glad my book club had us read this book. What a great story about serving and learning important truths from the people she serves. Who knew a book about meals-on-wheels would be so full of life. I laughed and cried and thoroughly enjoyed this book.

    21. This book is based on the authors experiences delivering Meals on Wheels to the elderly. There are many varied and interesting people on her route. Fun book. Quick read.

    22. After investing your interest in some of the characters you never find out what happens to them. I like loose ends tied up in my novels. The people were interesting.

    23. I have a special place in my heart for the elderly! I just had to smile as I visualized this dear sweet people. What a great short book that makes you smile!!

    24. This was a fun book, and I enjoyed it on many levels. The only reason it's getting 4 stars is that the writing was not spectacular, but the characters and their stories were fascinating.

    25. I really enjoyed this book. It was a quick read that made you stop and think. It makes you take a look at yourself and others around you.

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