Last Ride to Graceland by Kim Wright

February 29th, 2016 Kimberly Review 63 Comments

29th Feb
Last Ride to Graceland by Kim Wright
Last Ride to Graceland
by Kim Wright
Published by: Simon and Schuster
Genres: Women's fiction
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon | B&N
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Lauded for her “astute and engrossing” (People) writing style imbued with “originality galore” (RT Book Reviews), Kim Wright channels the best of Jennifer Weiner and Sarah Pekkanen in this delightful novel of self-discovery on the open road as one woman sets out for Graceland hoping to answer the question: Is Elvis Presley her father? Blues musician Cory Ainsworth is barely scraping by after her mother’s death when she discovers a priceless piece of rock ‘n’ roll memorabilia hidden away in a shed out back of the family’s coastal South Carolina home: Elvis Presley’s Stutz Blackhawk, its interior a time capsule of the singer’s last day on earth. A backup singer for the King, Cory’s mother Honey was at Graceland the day Elvis died. She quickly returned home to Beaufort and married her high school sweetheart. Yearning to uncover the secrets of her mother’s past—and possibly her own identity—Cory decides to drive the car back to Memphis and turn it over to Elvis’s estate, retracing the exact route her mother took thirty-seven years earlier. As she winds her way through the sprawling deep south with its quaint towns and long stretches of open road, the burning question in Cory’s mind—who is my father?—takes a backseat to the truth she learns about her complicated mother, the minister's daughter who spent a lifetime struggling to conceal the consequences of a single year of rebellion.

Chick-lit Family UNIQUE well written

Last Ride to Graceland by Kim Wright was a delightful story that has us meandering the back roads of the south as Cory Ainsworth retraces her mother’s trip home from Graceland. Road Trip!

Cory Ainsworth knows her mother was a backup singer for Elvis Presley. Her mother was there the day Elvis died, but she quickly returned home to Beaufort and married her high school sweetheart. Cory also knows she could not possibly be her father’s biological daughter. The math just does not add up, although friends and family will tell you Cory was a nine-pound premature baby.

Last Ride to Graceland really takes off when Cory finds Elvis Presley’s Stutz Blackhawk bubble wrapped inside her family’s shed. It is like a time capsule with clues from the past. Anxious to know more about her mother and possibly discover whom her Daddy is, thirty-seven year old Cory impulsively jumps in the car and decides to retrace her mother’s trip from Graceland.

Wright delivers the story from Cory’s perspective, but she also takes us back to the summer Cory’s mother Honey spent in Graceland. The journey may have begun as a quest to learn who her father was, but it slowly becomes a journey to understand her mother and herself.

The pace of Last Ride to Graceland was easy-going, as we traveled the back roads and met friends of Cory’s mother. I enjoyed these small-towns and the bits of nostalgia. While fictional, Wright did research Elvis, giving bits of the tale an authentic feel.

I loved the landscape, iconic stops we made and enjoyed getting to know Cory and all of her quirks. The reveal of Cory’s biological father felt genuine and Wright gave us a clear account of Honey’s time in Graceland leaving me satisfied. I closed the book happy and hopeful for Cory.

If you are looking for a relaxing tale with a touch of nostalgia on the road to self-discovery Last Ride to Graceland was a fun, heartfelt tale that will leave you smiling.

Mood Board for Last Ride to Graceland


About Kim Wright

Kim Wright

Author of Love in Mid Air, The Unexpected Waltz, The Canterbury Sisters, and the upcoming Last Ride to Graceland. Love dogs, wine, travel, and ballroom dance.

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Kimberly is a coffee loving book addict who reads and listens to fictional stories in all genres. She's a self-professed Whovian, as well as a Supernatural, and Sherlock Holmes junkie, She enjoys sharing books, tips, recipes and hosting the Sunday Post. The coffee is always on and she is ready to chat...Twitter | Facebook | Instagram

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63 Responses to “Last Ride to Graceland by Kim Wright”

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, I have never read one of those. This stayed pretty true to what we know even if the part about her mom was completely fictional.

    • kimbacaffeinate

      LOL, it was Elvis towards the end when he was a hot mess, but her journey and the story was an enjoyable one. Perfect for a lazy Sunday afternoon

  1. Katherine

    This sounds like a great read! I’m not a big Elvis fan so this one didn’t grab me when I first saw it but the sound of the story itself sounds like something I would love. Plus I will admit I’ve been to Graceland and it’s pretty awesome!

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  2. Bookworm Brandee

    This sounds like a beautiful journey of self-discovery and I love the nostalgia element. I used to have tons of Elvis records that I’d play on my record player, hook up my microphone and sing my heart out. 😉 Thanks for sharing your Mood board, too. That’s neat!

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    • kimbacaffeinate

      We watched the movies as kids, because of my Mom, and I had a friend in high school whose brother was obsessed with the King. I wonder if he is in Vegas now impersonating him? LOL

  3. Lorna

    You are right, this is unique! I will have to put it on my Amazon wish list and wait for the price to come down because it does sound like something I would like. Great review and Mood Board!

  4. Mandy

    Beautiful Review!!!! I’ve never heard of this one before. It sounds amazing! I’m going to add it to my TBR because I love the concept. Thanks so much for sharing.

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