Two people who have been unhappy
and lonely, although in marriages,
each have an impetus to escape.
One reason to leave is the
mail brings a mysterious
letter whose content is
left unknown to you, reader.
The subject reluctantly is revealed.
The other person receives an
unexpected “windfall.” This
novel full of intrigue is
written by my friend and
fellow blogger, Anneli Purchase.
These two “lost” souls have back
stories which both have overlapping
pain and past controlling spouses.
They come from two different
countries, Canada and the U.S.
For Kevin, unfortunately time has been
hard on his marriage. His anguish
is palpable, his decision to leave
has been a long time coming.
It means he will be leaving a
son and daughter behind.
Sylvia has a womanizing
husband who doesn’t
show her love nor
The two characters
make a choice to leave and go on
their own into the wild southwest,
using camping gear and exchanging
dollars into pesos, crossing into
Mexico. How their paths cross
is a well written and fascinating
story which feels serendipitous
and holds the magic of romance.
Lessons learned on the road are
interesting to me, a cautionary tale.
Don’t trust the border patrol, follow
them as they enter your van or camper.
Use a sanitizing product, safe for foods
such as fresh fruits and vegetables.
Bring immodium to prevent the
effects of not using precautions
in preparation or restaurant food.
Bring passport, purchase Mexican
insurance once in the country.
Otherwise, in case of accident,
you may end up in jail!
Once in a bigger city,
apply for a “Travel Visa.”
Find campgrounds and if alone,
park between two family or couple
occupied vehicles. Have your door
face the vehicle which seems most
safe, friendly and outgoing.
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Speaking of this, one of the
first couples Sylvia meets is
an elderly man and his wife.
For me, this made me smile since
they actually have my parents’ first
names of Bob and Rose. (Mom
was named Rosalie, but often friends
or family members called her “Rosie.”
They owned a transvan and liked
traveling from one end of the
country to the other.)
Check in cafes for local public
access to WiFi and inexpensive
computer usage to check on
situations which you may not
want to have your phone “traced.”
Sylvia’s letter hangs heavy on her
mind, mainly while alone on the
road. She has to fight off men,
even facing possible rape,
along with worrying about her
situation. Her ex, Joel, may track
her down. Kevin remembers the sad
way his family life declined. His wife,
Shiree, belittled him in front of his
children and used her bulky body
to intimidate and bully him.
Both Kevin and Sylvia are
attracted to each other. Each
have had their confidence eroded.
There are many disasters along their
paths, apart and then together.
These manage to attempt derailing
their hopeful, optimistic futures.
Those incidents are really scary
I won’t give away the thrilling
middle of their adventures, but
they are in a ruthless, rugged
part of a country where, “dead men. . .
(drug dealers, private investigator,
who knows who’ll be a victim?)
tell no tales. . . . ”
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I hope you will read this book to
find out how Kevin and Sylvia’s
adventures turn out.
You will have to hold onto
your seat of the van or
camper, as it careens
down curving, steep
narrow dirt roads.
This is a
5 stars out of 5
You will enjoy other
books found at:
*”The Wind Weeps”
*”The Reckoning Tide”
(A sequel to “The Wind Weeps.”)
Thank you for reading and
please visit Anneli’s blog!