Welcome to my blog tour stop for Mile Marker 139 by Cynthia Hilston. Thank you to Rachel’s Random Resources for my spot on this tour! Check out my review and let me know what you think in the comments.
At mile marker 139 along the Ohio Turnpike, a mysterious woman named Shelley Parkinson arrives at 3:14 at the rest area every night. She sits outside at one of the picnic tables, her fragile hands clutching one cigarette after another. Troubled people swirl around her, battling their own sorrows.
Gruff old janitor Mike Popkins works third shift at the facility and has been lost since his wife died, cutting himself off from his only son and going through the motions of his job. Idealistic young Sarah Wilcox whips up drinks at the happening new coffee shop at the rest stop, but her mind whips of dreams of traveling the world and living the life her late grandpa did as he drank a coffee on all corners of the globe. Heartbroken middle-aged trucker Russ Jacobs would rather spend long hours on the road than fall in love again. They all befriend Shelley. Each one desires something different, but none of them know why she haunts the rest area.
Unexpected death, disease, and accidents force Mike, Sarah, and Russ to make hard decisions to move forward, ripping them from their pasts. Can these three motley friends find healing in their own lives and help a woman who says she doesn’t need anyone, even as her brokenness spills onto them?
Mile Marker 139 blew my expectations right out of the water. This is going to be a hard review to write because I can’t say anything negative. It would be really easy for me to say this is a five star book and leave it at that!
This is not full of twists and turns, it’s more poignant and heartbreaking. It takes you on a journey of humanity and touches you deeply. The writing is absolutely beautiful and evocative. This is my first read by Cynthia Hilston and it definitely won’t be my last. I really enjoyed her writing.
All four main characters are expertly crafted with their back stories. Pain and harsh realities as they struggle through each day. I’m a huge fan of the way these characters were written.
Mile Marker 139 won’t have you on the edge of your seat. It will simply reach in and grab your heart. Highly recommended!
Cynthia Hilston is a thirty-something-year-old stay-at-home mom of three young kids, happily married. Writing has always been like another child to her. After twenty years of waltzing in the world of fan fiction, she finally stepped away to do her debut dance with original works of fiction. Visit her website at www.cynthiahilston.com for more information.
In her spare time – what spare time? – she devours books, watches Doctor Who and Game of Thrones, pets her orange kitty, looks at the stars, and dreams of what other stories she wishes to tell.
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