|Linda Lattimer’s novel, The Last Journey, is an uplifting story of a widow with an urn containing the ashes of Jason Walker. Karen had kept these ashes with her for five long years; she had no life outside of him. She talked to him and took him with her on a promised five-year reunion of their last trip out West. Even though the mother of two and the grandmother of 2 (and one on the way), Karen refused to heed the warnings by her daughters and sons-in-law about making this one month trip alone. She was adamant about her promise to Jason and had her entire trip mapped out and reservations made for each stop along the way. She even purchased a brand new Camry for the trip.
After a few days on the scheduled trip, in an area that was almost deserted, Karen has a blow-out and has to stop. Seemingly out of nowhere, Ben Carrey appears and offers to change the tire for her. She ends up giving him a ride all the way to Sedona because he had been robbed and was penniless without a way to get to any of his friends for help. This chance encounter completely changed the structure of this trip. Their developing relationship is the basis of the story.
I simply loved this story. The fact that this woman was solidly grounded in her belief system and her faithfulness to her deceased husband was hugely responsible for her controversial opinion versus her professional opinion as a therapist. Actually, she was not practicing what she preached! This book provides promise that anyone can survive after a big loss and that, if you will release the past, good things are obtainable! I think that Ms. Lattimer is an excellent author with unique ability to get her point across and give interesting background information without bogging down the story. This is not my first “Linda Lattimer” book, and it will definitely not be the last! I hardily recommend this book to anyone who likes romance!
Reviewer: Brenda Talley
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