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Monday, October 31, 2011

The Last Long Journey by Linda Lattimer

The Last Long Journey by Linda Lattimer
Publisher: Desert Breeze Publishing
Genre: Contemporary, Historical
Length: Short Story (112 pages)
Heat Level: Sensual
Rating: 4 books
Reviewed by Geranium

For five years Karen Walker has carried her dead husband’s remains with her, never wishing to release him. She has never forgotten the love they shared or their faith in God. Every night, she would always read a chapter in the Bible to him. Now five years later, she continues to do the same, to the ashes that now reside in the urn by her bedside. She promised five years later to take the same trip they took before he died, this time he is in an Urn and her children are very concerned.

When her journey allows her to meet up with a hitchhiking stranger, Karen feels someone is guiding her to offer Ben Carrey a lift when she heads out to Arizona. While most people would ridicule her, she feels a higher power is urging her to trust this one man who could possibly change her life.

I'm sure many of us have conversations with our dearly departed, but how many of us haul them along for the ride? Karen's bought a special bag to hold the urn that contains the remains of her late husband on her upcoming road trip, giving new meaning to the phrase 'can't let go.' I had to chuckle over the hard time Karen's daughters – both grown and married – give her over the upcoming trip. I was exasperated right along with Karen when they're so concerned about her safety that that make a solid attempt to talk her out of taking the trip at all, and I heaved a sigh of relief when Karen finally pulled out of her driveway.

Karen's journey – literal and figurative – is believable and engaging, and hitchhiker Ben's secret sufficiently intriguing to keep me turning the pages – er, flipping the screens – of this book about as fast as I could manage. The conflict isn't particularly deep, but the pace is rapid, the writing tight, and the descriptions of the landscape had me wanting to call the airline to make a reservation. Both Ben and Karen are Christians, and both have a firm belief in God. No crises of faith in this book, so if that's what you're looking for, this book isn't it. If, on the other hand, you're looking to pass a few enjoyable hours, this one fits the bill to a tee, and I found myself thinking about Karen and Ben, and wondering how they're doing, long after I put the book away.

This bon-bon of a book is a quick read. If you're having a down day – or even if you're not – this little gem is sure to improve your mood.