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RITA AWARD winner

A successful Web designer, forty-year-old India has a fabulously hip life in Denver and a sexy Irish lover in New York who jets out to see her on bi-weekly visits. The long-distance romance suits India just fine: Though Jack is the only man who has ever made India feel truly alive, she doesn’t want things to get too serious. But then her father passes away, and India must honor the promise she made to him: to look after her mother when he’s gone.

Suddenly India finds herself back in Colorado Springs with the woman who both intrigues and infuriates her. Eldora is sixty something and exquisitely gorgeous, but her larger-than-life personality can suck the air out of a room. True to form, Eldora throws India a curveball, insisting that they hit the road to look for India’s twin, Gypsy, a brilliant artist who lives a vagabond’s existence in the remote mountain towns of New Mexico. It looks like India can’t avoid her mother’s intensity any longer, especially after she discovers stunning secrets from Eldora’s past.

Thirty years ago, Eldora regaled her twin girls with glamorous stories about her days as a Las Vegas showgirl - stories of martinis and music at the Sahara, back when Frank and Sammy ruled the town. But the story of how she really ended up in Sin City, and the unsavory life she’d run from with her daughters in tow, is full of details she’s never seen fit to share - until now.

As mother and daughter sail down Route 66, the very road Eldora drove those many years ago, looking for Gypsy, while passing motels, diners, and souvenir shops, Eldora must relive a lifetime of memories that have tormented her before she can put them to rest once and for all. . . .

Award-winning author Barbara O’Neal brings us a heartfelt story of second chances and unexpected detours. As two women come to terms with themselves and each other, the past unravels and the future spreads out before them like the open road.

©2005 by Barbara Samuel. (P)2021 Brilliance Publishing, Inc., all rights reserved.

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Lady Luck's Map of Vegas is my favorite kind of novel - a fun, fabulous, fast-paced story that takes me right to the heart of what it means to be a family. A magical road trip...a pair of unforgettable women on a quest to understand their own lives...and a drop-dead gorgeous man looking for love. What more could a reader want? This is a complex, beautiful, and moving story that will resonate with you until long after you’ve finished the final pages.” (Kristin Hannah)

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A good listen!

Although slow and a bit tedious at times, the suspense of this story lasts until the very “last page.” The story itself has lots of twists and turns, and I always appreciate the unexpected! Such a great love story - you want to fall in love with Jack yourself! The author also does a great job of helping you understand mental illness and the effects and hardships of which it takes on everyone in our world. I think anyone that listens to this story, will emerge as a more compassionate and accepting person. The performance was perfect - all of the characters portrayed had an appropriate and believable voice.