Ride the Rainbow Home has a cover depicting a girl sitting at the edge of a canyon. One that looked much like the Grand Canyon. The Arizona setting drew me in. And it turned out to be a good story.
Ride the Rainbow Home is like a Hallmark movie. I cannot really explain what that means, or that it means something in particular. There are some books or movies that have a certain vibe. They are about family, or the choices people make, and are generally set in a pretty town. Maybe they offer some escapism and provide insight at the same time? So anyway, the book began pretty well, with a young successful businesswoman driving home to a small Arizona town for a high school reunion.
Meg Taylor is highly successful and lives in California. She has been roped in to babysit her friend’s kids as she recovers from yet another pregnancy. The high school reunion provides another reason for Meg to visit. As she is driving home, she sees a pretty rainbow over the mountains, and thinks it’s a sign. Little Jimmy has turned into a handsome man who trades local art. They used to be inseperable, but something happened in high school which caused them to drift apart. But Jimmy and Meg are attracted to each other in a different way now, and Jimmy does his best to woo her.
Meg struggled with taking care of two toddlers. She also struggles with her feelings for Jimmy. Their adolescent love has blossomed into something much deeper. But Meg faces a lot of uncertainty regarding her job and her future. Jimmy takes her around the canyons, going to places that are otherwise inaccessible to the white man. He introduces her to the Native Americans he works with. Meg is impressed with his fairness and his genuine desire to preserve the Native American heritage.
Will Meg be able to overcome her mental blocks? Is love enough, or does practical life matter more. Ride the Rainbow home is a touching story that resonated with me at some level. We are all forced to make some decisions some time in our life, some decisions we do not foresee making. What are the factors that tip the balance? Does career and a comfortable life always take precedence, or does love always win. Should it be one or the other?
Ride the Rainbow home will make you see the rainbows lurking in your life. They may be faint and barely visible, but believe me, they are very much there!