Winter’s Journey Synopsis: 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.- Goodreads
Winter’s Journey Review
While my first introduction to Kathryn Meyer Griffith’s work (click here for that review) wasn’t very favorable, I’m pleased to report that my experience this time was much, much better.
I felt sympathy for Loretta, a single mother as well as a widow, and the position she was trapped in. I felt her nervousness as issues built around her. Ms. Griffith did a great job in portraying a very fleshed out heroine. Even the hitchhiker and minor characters were well-written. My only nitpick is the speed with which a certain relationship tried to move. I found that a bit unbelievable, but given how pleased I was with everything else, it really was a minor note. The narrator, Kimberly Henrie, did a good job with the story. Her voicing of Loretta was excellent.
Overall the pacing was nice, the characters were fantastic, the story well-written and the tension kept building.