Any Way the Wind Blows 3 – Classic Epic
Any Way the Wind Blows takes the gang back to England, back to Watford, and back to their families for their longest and most emotionally wrenching adventure yet.In the last book, we left the band in the US on their first tour of America. There, they had a chance to see how vast and varied this country can be. Now they’re back in England–in Watford–the town where they grew up.
Since they sold out every show on their first go-round touring America, there’s an expectation that Any Way the Wind Blows will do very well back in their home country. The stakes are higher now: not only must the guys revel in playing for their hometown fans but also repay some financial obligations to those who lent them money to get started years ago.
By the time the book opens, things have gone pretty well. The guys have paid off all their debts. The band is taking a well deserved break from touring. But Jack has other plans: a plan that involves more than just getting away from the road for a while.
Jack has been fighting a couple of private wars of his own without telling anyone about them: one in an attempt to get back together with his wife, and one in an attempt to get back together with his daughter. With his wife still on tour, Jack decides to skip out on their daughter’s birthday party by going to visit her instead–and he’d like the guys to tag along.
So the band tours across the country all the way to California, stopping at Disneyland along the way, just for old times’ sake. Along the way, they make several stops at different locations close to Jack’s heart, but when they get to his wife (and daughter)’s place in San Francisco, Jack gets nervous. He’s not quite ready yet. He doesn’t know how things will go with his wife or daughter yet. And he’s still wound up about it.
But as things go, Jack decides to be the one who calls it quits with his daughter for now. The guys aren’t happy about it. When asked by Jack why they’re not going to visit his wife, they tell him that they’re not comfortable being there right now–and that’s because of him. Then, when the band goes back to their hotel room from Disneyland, the worst thing happens:
Nothing was in order and nothing was clear; here is where they lost what little faith or trust they had left: Their hearts suddenly felt cold and filled with dread.