I definitely want to go back and read the first book. This sequel pulled me in more than I thought it would. This story starts off with mystery and intrigue. Simply by Ben stopping for gas before starting his route and finding a young child with a note. From there, the reader is taken on a ride! Although this story has sadness and tragedy, there are also uplifting moments of empathy, compassion, and redemption. Making this read an emotional yet uplifting read.
I do suggest reading the first book, The Never-Open Desert Diner, before reading Lullaby Road due to the backstory and references made in this story.