Author, Judy Howard’s mailing address is Sun City, California, but you will rarely find her there. Instead, you might find the top ranking Amazon author strapped in at the race track ready to check out the Mario Andretti Racing Experience or cruising down Route 66.
Of one thing, you can be sure she is living up to a quote by Henry Thoreau, Howard questions, “How vain is it to sit down and write, when you have not stood up to live?”
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this mystery-romance, widow Judy Howard drives her RV along Route 66,
encountering the ghosts of her teenage past when she was drugged, raped, and
forced to undergo an illegal abortion.
story flashes back to Judy as a sixteen-year-old, growing up in the Midwest in
1965. She is naive and shy with a painful crush on Brad, her school’s James
Dean-like bad boy. Brad and Judy flirt, their desire for each other as an
opposites attract couple obvious to all those around them. Yet tragedy strikes
when Judy is drugged and date raped on a Saturday night in the parking lot of
the town’s roller rink.
is rescued by Brad, who helps her deal with the crime perpetrated against her,
even going as far as to arrange an abortion for her, though the practice is illegal
at the time. Judy must live in fear as the drug prevented her from knowing the
identity of her attacker. Racked by guilt over the abortion and panic over the
sexual assault, she accepts a college offer in California and flees to the West
Coast, hoping to escape her personal history.
college, she marries and hopes to believe that her past can remain buried. Yet
after four decades of marriage, her husband dies and a high school reunion
invitation from Brad threatens to shatter her illusory peace. Nonetheless, she
summons up the courage to go, loading up her motor home and heading out on
Route 66 with her cat, Sportster. Meanwhile, Brad is making his own
preparations for the reunion, hoping to reignite the teenage passion he once
had with Judy. Now a cop, he realizes he has lived a life more or less married
to the police force.
both Brad and Judy confront haunting questions of “What if…?” Judy Howard’s Going Home with a Cat and a Ghost builds
toward a satisfying emotional climax where both parties will be confronted by
their past and pointed toward a new vision of the future.