Photo by Russ Burbank
Maureen Hovenkotter with Charlie and their RV.
Photo by Russ Burbank
Maureen Hovenkotter with Charlie and their RV.
A local Catholic, and former Catholic Sentinel writer, has penned a book about the 25,000-mile motorhome trip she took after her husband of 33 years died suddenly.

In 42 States of Grace: A Woman’s Journey, Maureen Hovenkotter explains what she did with her grief and confusion after she was left to live alone for the first time in her life.

A book signing and wine tasting is set for 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 11 at Satori Springs Estate Vineyard, 12770 S Casto Road in Oregon City.

In the spring of 2007, she took early retirement from her job as an aide to U.S. Sen. Gordon Smith, sold her home and nearly all her possessions, and set off with her golden retriever Charlie on a year-long coming-of-age journey. It was a pilgrimage to rediscover herself and make sense of her new life, while exploring the country she had served for 10 years.

During the journey she visited 41 states and one Canadian Province from north of Seattle to Key West, from San Diego to Bar Harbor. The book follows her experiences as a single woman learning to live the RV life. More importantly, it chronicles an interior journey — the story of her spiritual quest and a path to God.