Monday, June 3, 2019

Book Review with a Giveaway: Just a Train Ride by Elizabeth Wehman

About the Book

Book: Just a Train Ride
Author: Elizabeth Wehman
Genre: Historical Christian Fiction
Release Date: September 1, 2017

She was born during the Great Depression, dated a soldier shipped across the world into the upheavals of war. Despite the haunting scars of battle, she married that soldier when he returned. After the loss of her husband of sixty years, an annual trip to visit her grandson in Chicago always helped ease her loneliness. Yet in the face of ailing health, Callie had boarded a train and now needed to make her way back home to Michigan. She’d made the same trip many times before, yet this time it was clear to Callie it would be her last. That’s when she met Blaine. The young, agitated woman appeared to be seeking an escape which inspired Callie to remember her own struggles in life and love. Had their lives merged for a reason? They had a train ride from Chicago to Lapeer to find out.

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My Review

When a mundane event becomes a life-changing one. That's the theme of Just a Train Ride. I enjoyed this ride. I got to meet Callie and Blaine, and hear Callie's story. It was such a treat to go back in time and experience the joys and heartaches of a simpler lifestyle. I loved the closeness of Callie's family, how well her mother understood her, and how her strong, silent father was supportive of her. The heartache and uncertainty that surrounded World War II was aptly described, and the themes of love and faithfulness, and how that is lived out was heartening. Callie’s transformation in the midst of her difficult circumstances was encouraging, and the resulting changes in Blaine’s outlook made me want to cheer for her.  I'm looking forward to what's next from this author.
This is a gentle, enjoyable read that will appeal to readers of historical and contemporary fiction.  The back-and-forth from past to present would work well in a movie.

I received an ARC of this book from the author through Celebrate Lit, for review purposes.  The thoughts expressed here are my own.

About the Author

Raised in Michigan, Author Elizabeth Wehman loves to incorporate cities in the state for her inspirational fiction. Famous Michigan flowers adorn the back covers of her books from peonies to lilacs and apple blossoms. Her first novel, “Under the Windowsill,” reflects the tranquility and hidden treasures of Mackinac Island for a much needed hideaway for Kenna, a young girl raised in Iowa. This coming-of-age story uses the growing pains of a quiet, country girl to reflect the dangers and unknowns of breaking away from family and security. From the frustrations of trying to make it alone, Kenna’s experience cements a permanent trust of the goodness of her past and a true hope for the future. Elizabeth’s second novel reflects the tumultuous relationship between sisters in “Promise at Daybreak.” Two elderly sisters are forced together by illness which leads them to fulfill a pact they made at their mother’s grave. The story reflects the storms of dealing with dementia and the results of fulfilling a promise, despite its drawbacks. The setting for this novel is Elizabeth’s hometown, Durand, complete with its historic depot and the thunderous noises of a train town. Both novel settings share historical and distinctive aspects of both Michigan cities. Elizabeth’s third novel, released the summer of 2017, is entitled, “Just a Train Ride.” All of her novels are clean reads, with a clear inspirational message for her readers. Elizabeth’s home is in Owosso. You can find more about Elizabeth at or on her Facebook page – Elizabeth Wehman/Author.

More from Elizabeth

Just a Train Ride is a fictional version of my parent’s love story from the 1940’s. My father fought in WWII and he returned from his fighting experience after having a nervous breakdown. He suffered repercussions of that throughout his entire life. My mother sent off a different man than the one who returned home to her, but she was faithful to her promise to marry him. Their story and his experiences were a private matter, so I waited until after his death to write their story. Some of it is based on facts, other parts are just my imagination…filling in the details. I included the train ride as a major part, due to the fact that my mother had gone on a train to see my father just before he shipped off to war. My main purpose in writing JATR was to show how you can be faithful in marriage, despite the setbacks, sorrow, and fateful events that can ravage even the best of marriages. This is my third inspirational novel.

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Book Bites, Bee Stings, & Butterfly Kisses, June 4
Locks, Hooks and Books, June 5
Debbie’s Dusty Deliberations, June 6
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To celebrate her tour, Elizabeth is giving away a grand prize of a Michigan-themed basket!!

Be sure to comment on the blog stops for nine extra entries into the giveaway! Click the below to enter.


  1. Sounds good, new author for me.

  2. Always fun to hear about another new great book. Thanks for sharing!

  3. I love WWII era books so thank you for your review of this one.