The paths of three strangers collide on a desperate road trip along Route 66. One is running away, one is racing the clock, and the child who binds them merely hopes to survive.
Middle-aged widow Mabel Crowley hasn't felt needed in years. But when a homeless child named Stryker shows up at church one Sunday, Mabel's life takes a drastic turn.
George Stanton is not who he seems. Running from the law in his brand new 1955 Lincoln Continental, he's planning a mad dash to Mexico to leave his past behind. He can't let an old woman and a sick kid get in his way.
Eleven-year-old Stryker has never eaten with utensils and doesn't know how to read, but she can identify the make, year, and model of every car on the road. She won't reveal the identity of her mother or why she's been told to never let her tattered stuffed monkey out of her sight.
Mabel races against time to save Stryker's life. George only wants to save his own skin. Soon their destinies become irrevocably entwined, and the road they choose could change their lives forever.
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Three very distinctive individuals traveling entirely different paths, are seeking resolution to their individual predicaments. Three personal stories are woven into an intricate design through the paths these individuals have chosen to travel. These characters are so uniquely different that it seems unlikely they could possibly join together to reach their personal destinies. Ms. Leggitt does a commendable job at creating strong characters whose stories couldn't be more different. You'll recognize these people as you turn the pages, a progressively independent businessman, a middle-aged widow, and a homeless child who'll tug at your heartstrings. What transpires between them is unforeseen. This is a book that I found very difficult to put down. There is continuous action with circumstances that appear from the least suspected places. Personalities are detailed to the point that I found my emotions reaching all ends of the spectrum. Stryker was quite a "character" in so many ways, so wise for her youth, but still an extremely vulnerable child. I loved her and her mannerisms. Personalities rear their ugly heads, but the tapestry that is woven throughout the lives of these three people in dire circumstances can induce anger and disgust, bring you to tears, and warm your heart. I highly recommend The Road to Terminus! It's quite a ride! Disclaimer: I received a copy of this book from the author in exchange for my honest review. All expressed opinions are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
The Road to Terminus was a departure from the books I've previously ready by Catherine Leggitt, but it was truly a good read! From the opening page to the very end this was an enthralling, fast-paced novel that barely gave you time to catch your breath. It was difficult to put down once I started it, because there was never a lull in the action. The character development, as well, was some of Catherine Leggitt's finest. This is a touching story, and one I highly recommend.
“Life is a journey not a destination.” In The Road to Terminus, Catherine Leggit lets us experience the lives of three people. George, the heir to the Wall Street Stantons, a self-centered addict, who haunted by his father’s ridicule, has done what it takes to escape his seemingly perfect life to start a new one—including embezzlement. Mabel, who has lost both husband and son, plods along doing what is right, fighting loneliness, wondering what her purpose in life is, until she commits to driving eleven-year old Stryker, a very sick street child, to California for treatment. Stryker, desperate for stability and a family who can care for her physical, emotional and spiritual needs, is unable to read and unwilling to talk about the mother who abandoned her. She can name the make and model of every car on the road, but even more special, she has the ability to give unconditional love. Through one adventure after another, Catherine masterfully uses word pictures and humorous dialogue to weave these separate journeys into one. I recommend you buckle up and go along for the ride. Wait. This journey takes place on Route 66 in 1955. No seatbelts!
The Road to Terminus is a road to danger, detours and desperation. On the way you'll meet three people who would never have chosen to take a road trip together - George, a selfish, scheming criminal; Mabel, a well-meaning but slightly judgmental middle-aged woman, feeling duty-bound to God; and Stryker, a terminally ill, abandoned little girl. How their paths converge on Route 66 in Mabel's elderly Studebaker sedan is a fascinating story in itself, but the adventure is just beginning. George wants to get to Mexico, where he'll be safe from the business partners he cheated on. Mabel wants to get to a UCLA hospital in California to get treatment for Stryker. Stryker is too sick to want much of anything, but as she travels with this mismatched pair of adults, she unexpectedly begins to experience the sense of family she's been longing for. The outer journey is also a journey of self-discovery, made all the more interesting by the wealth of period detail from 1955. Will George get his wish to make it big in Mexico? Will Mabel find a relationship with God that is more than duty? Will Stryker make it to UCLA in time? This is a road trip you won't forget.
In 1955, George Stanton—drug user, alcoholic, and embezzler—flees from Chicago when both the underworld and the law close in on him. Meanwhile in St. Louis, the aged widow Mabel Crowley takes in a street urchin, a little girl named Stryker. The reluctant Stryker holds on desperately to a stuffed monkey toy because the mother who abandoned her said never to let the monkey out of her sight. A medical exam shows that Stryker has acute leukemia, and only an experimental treatment at the UCLA Medical Center has any hope of a cure. So Mabel loads Stryker and the monkey into her aging Studebaker and sets out for California. A few miles down Highway 66 they find a wreck. George Stanton, driving his Lincoln while drunk, has sped into sharp curve and crashed. Mabel and Stryker take the ungracious George in, and thus begins a long and troubled odyssey for the ill-matched and cross-motivated trio. In author Catherine Leggitt's practiced handling, this conflicted situation becomes both a fascinating story and a character study of unusual depth. As the journey progresses, each of the three characters changes the other two and is changed by them. As a bonus for the reader, the author's detailed historical research on the geography of Highway 66 and its environs, together with her extensive knowledge of classic automobiles, add interest at each point along the way. The author weaves all of these threads into a narrative of increasing tension, leading to a climax in which the characters and the reader confront the stark reality of eternal truth. These factors make for an excellent book with a depth rarely found in commercial fiction.