Elvis Takes a Back Seat

A young widow, determined to fulfill her husband s last request, hauls a three foot bust of Elvis strapped in the back seat of a vintage Cadillac from Texas to Memphis to return it to its rightful owner The road trip with her eccentric aunt, who knew the King of Rock n Roll, and a temperamental teen, who s hiding her pregnancy, hits roadblocks and detours as the three woA young widow, determined to fulfill her husband s last request, hauls a three foot bust of Elvis strapped in the back seat of a vintage Cadillac from Texas to Memphis to return it to its rightful owner The road trip with her eccentric aunt, who knew the King of Rock n Roll, and a temperamental teen, who s hiding her pregnancy, hits roadblocks and detours as the three women uncover pieces of their own past along with the bust s mysterious history The discoveries change the course of their lives forever.
Elvis Takes a Back Seat A young widow determined to fulfill her husband s last request hauls a three foot bust of Elvis strapped in the back seat of a vintage Cadillac from Texas to Memphis to return it to its rightful own

  • Title: Elvis Takes a Back Seat
  • Author: Leanna Ellis
  • ISBN: 9780805446968
  • Page: 344
  • Format: Paperback
  • 1 thought on “Elvis Takes a Back Seat”

    1. Three and a half stars.Being an avid Elvis fan, I could not resist this book and settled happily into this read. From the title I expected it to be a quick, light read, which is what I wanted after my last book. It is in some ways. The style is amusing and each chapter starts with the name of a song Elvis sang. There are lots of references throughout to Elvis and his music, all of which I could associate with and him singing the songs. But it is not all a light read as some deeper subjects are c [...]

    2. I found this book on some review site, and it sounded interesting, so I decided it would be a different read for me. It was a very good story about life, family, death, moving on, starting over, andwell you get the idea. The main character, Claudia, is a widow who has not moved on after her beloved husband dies of cancer. When forced into a garage sale by her aunt, a bust of Elvis that had been her husband's since college is a bone of contention. Claudia knows it is her husband's dying wish that [...]

    3. I downloaded Elvis Takes a Backseat as a free e-book offered from Kindle. I listened to it instead of reading it. The story is a pilgrimage for three women, Claudia, her Aunt Rae, and her friends daughter Ivy. The journey finds them all exploring their personal griefs, sharing common bonds, discovering secrets and coming to terms with what life has given them. This is Christian fiction so faith in God plays a large part in their ability to cope. The story was not light hearted although there wer [...]

    4. Elvis Takes a Back Seatby award-winning novelist Leanna Ellis is the endearing story of Claudia, a young widow determined to fulfill her husband’s last request by hauling a three-foot bust of Elvis Presley in the backseat of a vintage Cadillac from Dallas to Memphis to return it to its rightful owner. The road trip—taken with an eccentric aunt who actually knew the “King of Rock ’n’ Roll,” and a temperamental teen with a suspicious mind of her own—hits some royal roadblocks and det [...]

    5. It was a book club book or I would have quit reading after about 25 pages. It didn't improve as I finished it. It is pretty silly, very light reading with not much plot. It's only redeeming feature is the way it deals with relationships between the characters. The plot was very predictible and boring.I won't choose this author again.

    6. I learned that we all go through periods of doubt. Doubt about whether Christ is in our lives,doubts as to whether He loves us, doubts about whether He hears our prayers. It is also about omitting Him from our lives and the toll life takes on us when we don't lean on Him. This is a great novel for those questioning their faith.

    7. Well, I'm a big Elvis fan so the title drew me in. The book was ok, it kind of drug on with the drama at times and some of the slams on Elvis grated on me. Overall it was a nice story with a message.

    8. This was a really cute book that ended up being not just about an elvis bust but also i feel about the loss and finding of faith in many different senerios. It is cute little read with undertones of faith. Not overpowering as some books can be. :)

    9. I picked this book up at the library thinking it would be funny. It was not only not funny, it was predictable and preachy.

    10. This is a terrific book. I laughed, I cried, I couldn't stop reading. Elvis Takes A Back Seat is a delightful journey of discovery.

    11. I enjoyed the story and the characters and having been to Graceland and remember the day Elvis died, enjoyed the homage paid to the legend as part of the plot twists!

    12. I really wish that or any other bookseller would state whether a book is a religious fiction. I liked this book fine until it got so preachy.

    13. There were several things in this book that were predictable but so many of the issues were real life things. I loved how the three women were so different and yet weren't so different.m

    14. A road trip story which begins with an interesting cast of characters and idea but quickly loses its way. Is this book a ghostly mystery, a call to get on with life after grief, or a Christian novel? There was never enough ghost, too much repetition of getting on with life and Christian platitudes.If it had settled into one of these it might have been a passable story except for the style. The author uses too many smiles, poses too many ponderable questions, and at an important point resorts to [...]

    15. Recently widowed Claudia McIntosh, after some internal debating, decides to fulfill her husband's last request to return his 3 ft tall ceramic Elvis bust back to its original owner. She's confused as to what he means by "original owner" because she thought it had always been his. To make things even more fun, he doesn't tell her who this original owner was or is! Still, she sets out to drive from Dallas, TX to Memphis, TN, hoping that a trip to Graceland will give her some answers. Joining her o [...]

    16. Claudia’s husband Stu has passed away. Claudia can’t seem to part with any of Stu’s things, including a huge bust of Elvis Presley.Claudia relegated Elvis to the attic for the past 20 years. While going through Stu’s things she finds him(Elvis) along with a note from Stu stating that Elvis needs to be returned to Memphis.Claudia, her Aunt Rae and Ivy(Stu’s best friend Ben’s daughter) set out from Dallas to Memphis to try to find out where Stu originally got the Elvis bust. Each woman [...]

    17. The writing was good and the editing better than most I've read in a e-book for a while, but the story is just a little wierd and a bit too conversional for my taste. This is a story about a woman who has been a widow for a while, maybe a year and a half. She has also lost her mother, not so long before her husband and her father when she was young. The scene begings really at a garage sale of both her husband's and her mother's things, that her aunt and her boss, also her husband's best friend [...]

    18. There are so many books out there and so little time to read them all. This is one story I recommend you take the time to enjoy. While there is nothing fluffy about this book, it does have it's humorous moments. There are also some very deep moments and emotional ties that develop between these friends whe secrets come out that challenge their beliefs. I found some of the struggles they dealt with to be very true-to-life. And when it comes to grief and loss, I dare say I don't think I've read an [...]

    19. At a garage sale to clear out her deceased husband's stuff, Claudia comes across the large bust of Elvis that had been hidden away in the attic. Along with the bust was a note that seems to imply that she should return the bust to its home in Memphis. So Claudia, her aunt Rae, and a friend's teenage daughter head out to Memphis in a classic Cadillac with Elvis in the backseat.This is a road trip story, but its really a story of love and grief and loss and how family and faith can help in the rec [...]

    20. Claudia is searching. She's not exactly sure what she needs or wants, but she knows things aren't as they should be. She lost too many people in her life, the latest being her husband who died in his middle 40s. Claudia is not the only one who is "lost". There's her Aunt Rae who epitomizes the free spirit of the 60's and Ivy who is 15. Claudia's husband loved everything Elvis. As she is getting ready for a yard sale to get rid of the things she's kept that were her husband's and others that were [...]

    21. This imaginitive novel is about a woman who is trying to deal with the death of her husband--who loved all things Elvis. She discovers during a garage sale that the 3 foot Elvis bust he left behind contains a cryptic note about returning it to where it belongs. So next thing you know she is on the road with her aunt and her best friends teenage daughter heading to Memphis. These three women have secrets and issues they all need to work through and this pilgrimage becomes a time for them to do th [...]

    22. Claudia takes on the final request of her husband with determination: to return a life-size bust of Elvis to its place of origin in Memphis. Joining her for the ride is 16-year-old Ivy and Claudia's aunt Rae, who lived in Memphis and knew Elvis back in the day. Three generations of women, two with carefully guarded secrets and one who needs to find herself again. This was far from the light-hearted tale it appears at first and I read it at a time when it spoke personally to me in a big way.On th [...]

    23. I knew this wasn't a literary great when I began, but I was in the mood for something lighter and this was a cute premise. It was a fun read -- fast paced, good story line, interesting characters I came to care about. I could have done without the small bit of evangelism and a few too many references to belief -- still, Ellis kept that skim-able and palatable -- I prefer to separate church and fiction.

    24. I got this one in the first read contest. This book was good. Nothing earth shattering but a decent read. It is about a women after the lost of her husband goes on a road trip to fulfill her husband’s last wish. She goes with her aunt and a teen who has her own issues. Very much a chick lit but a good one. Just a very sweet read.

    25. This was, for me, an enjoyable story. Using a setting of 3 women, each from a different generation and dealing with emotional pain and loss, on a journey to Memphis to return a large bust of Elvis, Leanna Ellis spins a tale of emotional healing and a return to faith and hope. Song titles from Elvis' hits formed the framework from which she told her story.

    26. I would have given it four stars. The antics Elvis produced for these three women were humorous (talk about all things Elvis, this book had it)and the areas of turmoil each one was struggling with and how they eventually dealt with them was good reading, but the "Elvis ghost" sightings were a turn off to me.

    27. Lighthearted tale of three generations of women and how they deal with love, loss and letting go. Too predictable, and while the Elvis references were amusing, there were way too many. It distracted from the story after the first few chapters.

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