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Winter's Journey | [Kathryn Meyer Griffith]

Winter's Journey

To keep the bank from repossessing her eighteen-wheeler, Baby Blue, and putting her and her daughter, Tessa, on the street, Loretta Brennan takes a dangerous job driving it into Wyoming with a winter storm approaching. All alone she worries if she can make the deadline and navigate the roads since her driving partner husband died the year before in an accident.
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Publisher's Summary

Was the man she loved an enigmatic hitchhiker or a murderer?

To keep the bank from repossessing her eighteen-wheeler, Baby Blue, and putting her and her daughter, Tessa, on the street, Loretta Brennan takes a dangerous job driving it into Wyoming with a winter storm approaching. All alone she worries if she can make the deadline and navigate the roads since her driving partner husband died the year before in an accident.

On her way, she feels sorry for and picks up a hitchhiker. Sam Emerson. Charismatically handsome, his moodiness hides a dark past that includes a dead girlfriend and a murder charge.

Snow, a series of trucker murders and a sinister truck begin to haunt them on their route.

She suspects Sam’s aligned with the killer even as she experiences feelings for him. Is Sam a good man down on his luck or is she falling in love with a murderer?

In the end it’ll take a heroic show of love to prove to her that he is who he claims to be.

©2011, 2016 Eternal Press (P)2014 Kathryn Meyer Griffith

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    CLOregon 01-02-15
    CLOregon 01-02-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Nail-biting thriller!"
    Would you listen to Winter's Journey again? Why?

    Yes! It was very enjoyable and in parts very frightening! It starts out with a simple situation, then it turns into a mystery, then builds into this terrifying thriller!


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Main character, the woman driver. I guess I could relate to her because she was a woman and a normal person.


    What does Kimberly Henrie bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    She had a comfortable voice, if that makes sense.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! It had an addictive quality to it.


    Any additional comments?

    I like that it starts fairly quiet, then builds. I think some people like thrillers to hit like a freight train from page one, and sometimes I do too, but I like the flow of this one. And the quiet moments are comfortable and enjoyable. I thought it was a great read. One of my favorites now.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    DogsMom 08-19-14
    DogsMom 08-19-14
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    "Life on the road can be deadly"
    Would you listen to Winter's Journey again? Why?

    I would listen again.
    I enjoyed the narration. The story was very interesting.
    I would like to listen a second time to see if I pick up clues I may have missed.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It is a toss up between Loretta and Sam.
    They both have qualities that make them stand out.
    Sam is a puzzle to be solved.
    Loretta is a determined woman trying to provide for her family.
    Each has history to overcome.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    The scenes and circumstances were well written. I could easily picture them.
    The truck stops and diners, the deserted roads and falling snow.
    The knife fight scene was one where I would not put the book down until I knew how it would end.


    Did you have an extreme reaction to this book? Did it make you laugh or cry?

    Being a longer book, I was unhappy when I had to set it aside and go back to real life.
    I always wanted to know what was going to happen next.


    Any additional comments?

    I would recommend this to both genders and ages from high school up.
    To those who like crime and mystery, and even though there is romance, it is not overpowering.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terri Berg GAS CITY, IN, United States 05-02-14
    Terri Berg GAS CITY, IN, United States 05-02-14 Member Since 2015
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    "Great Serial Thriller"
    Would you listen to Winter's Journey again? Why?

    Yes, I loved the story & listening to it again (as well as any story) helps pick up details I missed the 1st time around.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of Winter's Journey?

    When Sam 1st appeared in the story & then the murders.


    What about Kimberly Henrie’s performance did you like?

    I liked the emotion in the story. Audiobooks tend to capture the feeling in he stories that we miss reading on our own. Also audiobooks pronounce the hard to pronounce words & names.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The beginning of the story as the narrator described losing Loretta's husband hit home & brought a few tears to my eyes.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a well written serial thriller, that turns out had been happening longer than anyone even knew about. It kept me on the edge of my seat & had me believing in a few different people being the killer! The narrator did a great job delivering the story rich in emotion & feelings. The story is very believable & enjoyable!

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Pan Marietta, GA USA 05-01-14
    Pan Marietta, GA USA 05-01-14 Member Since 2014

    Say something about yourself!

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    "A Chilly Romantic Thrill Ride."

    A young widow, a brooding handsome stranger (who likes cats!), big rigs, truck stops.
    A race against time through snow covered, twisty mountain roads. And a serial killer.

    This book has all the ingredients to make anyone's spine tingle. Sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. The heroine's waffling over whether or not she can trust the hitch-hiker she's picked up might be exciting to some, but I began to find it a bit repetitive.

    What I did like were the main character (when she wasn't waffling), the venue, and the narrator (really spot-on with the daughter's voice, in particular).

    If you like romance (and/or trucks), I'd say give this audio a try.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    erobbins33 04-13-15
    erobbins33 04-13-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Terrifying!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    Yes, I would definitely recommend it to anyone looking for a decent thriller. It is a scary story that, when it's over, doesn't leave any lingering terror.


    What other book might you compare Winter's Journey to and why?

    I don't really think there IS a comparable story. Truck driving serial killers aren't the usual subjects in the stories I've read.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Well, the scariest scene was the mountain chase/crash, and the best happy scene was when Tessa decided not to go with them, preferring to let them have some "alone time".


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes! I stayed up way past my bedtime, and then got up early just to finish it... Nap time for sure, now:-)


    Any additional comments?

    I really commend the author's attention to detail, on a subject I know very little about. I've read some of her other books, and they are very diverse. A lot of research must be necessary to strike a new path each time she writes a book. The narrator for this one was also fantastic. Her voice is very expressive and easy to listen to.

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    K. April Holgate Montrose, PA, United States 06-16-14
    K. April Holgate Montrose, PA, United States 06-16-14 Member Since 2012

    Take a look it's in a book...Reading Rainbow!

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    "Very interesting read"

    This is a very interesting read, not at all what I expected. Loretta is a very strong woman, she is definitely a great character. I loved seeing her journey and her strength throughout the story.

    Truthfully, she has several "too stupid to live" moments. It mystified me that at every opportunity to share information with the authorities she balked. If there is a series killer out there and suddenly something strange is happening at home, you better believe I would mention it to the cops. There is no such thing as coincidence!

    I really liked the interactions with Sam and the progress of their relationship. The feelings come rather quickly, you can see the threads of connection and attraction developing. It is often muddled with events that make it hard to trust the feelings.

    I was a touch annoyed of how every time you start to trust Sam things occur to make him suspicious again. The mixed narrative helps you know what the real deal is with him. Most of the book is from Loretta's POV, but the glimpses into Sam help to move things along. I always prefer to know what everybody is thinking and feeling.

    The story feels more like a standard fiction than a romance. Not a lot of frills here, but it has a genuine atmosphere. This is the first book I have read with a lady trucker, it was a refreshing turn. I was fascinated with the whole culture of truckers. I never realized that it was such a small world on the road.

    I listened to the audiobook narrated by Kimberly Henrie, who has a very smooth read. She really has a great connection with the book and the characters feel real. She has a fabulous pace that makes the story move, even in the slower moments. Great texture in her voice and distinct characters. I will definitely look at more of her work!

    Overall, I really enjoyed the book. It is a slower read that takes it's time unraveling. I loved discovering this new world.

    Disclosure - I received a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review. All ratings, opinions and thoughts are my own.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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