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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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    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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    Angela Fitzgerald 08-01-14 Member Since 2015

    When I discovered Audible it was like discovering love :-) I love receiving codes and in return I post reviews. Wife, and mom of two,

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    "Superb!!"

    I absolutely loved this story. This had me on the edge of the seat and my mind wondering who the killer was throughout the entire story. The author Kathryn Griffith did an incredible job writing this story. I loved this story from start to finish.

    Loretta Brennan drives an eighteen wheeler who's been named Baby Blue. She hasn't had much work lately and she has one truck payment left. She also has Tessa, her daughter to take care of. Baby Blue and Tessa are all she has, all she feels that are important and left of her late husband who died and no longer with her.

    Luckily she gets a call from a prestigious company that pays more than other companies. She knows she is desperate and needs this job but she also feels she should say no. The trip consist of driving to Wyoming, the weather is suppose to be really bad, and it's along the same route her husband was on when he was killed. Everything tells her to call the company back and tell them she's changed her mind and can't take the job. She's afraid the roads will be too dangerous, she's worried about the deadline, and she doesn't have a partner to help her drive.

    During a stop she realizes she needs a part for the truck and if she doesn't get it then she won't make her deadline. She has to make the deadline because everything is counting on it, plus she's been offered a job with this company if she makes the shipment there on time. At the stop another trucker she's seen around tells her he may have the part but he's drunk and playing games. A stranger comes to her rescue and once she finds out that Sam Emerson is hitchhiking. He seems honest enough, he's also hungry. She learns he has his license to drive a rig so she offers to let him ride and take turns driving Baby Blue. Loretta also notices that he's handsome and learns his girlfriend died also.

    Along the way they make a few stops to eat or use the restroom. At one stop Loretta hears about murders that have taken place and she also is weary and shocked to find that they've been at every stop. Her mind begins to wonder and she begins thinking Sam is a killer, a serial killer.She's so scared at this point because she's started to have feelings for him.

    Kimberly Henrie, the narrator kept me fully engaged in the story so much that I couldn't sleep until I finished. Kimberly did a superb job keeping me engrossed into this story, I connected with the characters and Kimberly didn't disappoint as she pulled me in. She made this story very enjoyable to listen to. She did an excellent job changing her voice to distinguish every character. She suprised me immensely as she performed this story. She really pulled the accents of perfect, especially the male voices. Kimberly's talent shows, she made me feel everything, all the emotions from every character, and as I mentioned narrator Kimberly Henrie had me glued to this story.

    Author Kathryn Meyer Griffith wrote an excellent story. You'll be truly surprised at where Kathryn Griffith takes you throughout this story. My mind continuously wondered and had me guessing the entire story on who the killer was. I was totally shocked because everything I thought was wrong. This story is amazing and written to perfection. Kathryn kept me intrigued from beginning to end. This story really has it all, it has mystery, adventure, murder, even romance, and much, much more. This is a great mystery that you definitely shouldn't pass up. I highly recommend this story and other stories by Kathryn Meyer Griffith.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Terri B. GAS CITY, IN, United States 05-02-14
    Terri B. GAS CITY, IN, United States 05-02-14 Member Since 2014

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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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    Bennie Marietta, GA USA 05-01-14
    Bennie 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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    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.

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    K. April Holgate Moosic, PA, United States 06-16-14
    K. April Holgate Moosic, 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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