Monday, May 11, 2015

Ghost Town Truck Stop / Barbara Paulding

Reviewed by: BigAl

Genre: Contemporary Fiction

Approximate word count: 30-35,000 words

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A college instructor who at fifty years old “ran away” with her husband to become a trucker, Barbara Paulding lives in southern Iowa.


Trapped. A week long blizzard roars through the Montana mountains stranding hundreds of truckers at the Ghost Town Truck Stop. Four hundred sleeping semis are lined up in long rows. In one truck, buried in those long rows, a troubled man tosses in his sleep, dreams tortured by the demons that always haunt him.

As the world stops under the blizzard's fury, previously unconnected lives are forced together. Lives are changed forever.

Katie O'Connor, Ghost Town's manager, has finally found peace after the devastating losses of her husband and little boy. As the first snowflakes begin to fall, Katie has a brief but memorable encounter with a smart-ass trucker, Rob Townsend. She soon discovers that there is a strong foundation of decency and strength underneath his laid-back, easygoing charm.

For the first time in years, Katie feels her life opening up to the possibility of loving someone again. But when the troubled man, hidden in his truck, can no longer contain his demons, Katie will face one of the biggest challenges of her life.”


The story of Ghost Town Truck Stop is a simple premise. Strand a variety of people in a small town truck stop in the middle of Montana and get to know them, from pieces of their backstory, how they interact with their fellow strandees, and react to their situation. With many characters and multiple story threads, it would be easy for a reader to get confused in a book like this and experience difficulty keeping track of everyone and all that is going on. That wasn’t an issue for me. The author did a superb job of creating unique characters, each with distinct personalities, and keeping the various threads easy to follow. I found Ghost Town Truck Stop to be an enjoyable read with glimpses into small town life and the trucking game.


Some adult language and mild adult content.

Format/Typo Issues:

No significant issues.

Rating: **** Five Stars

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