Review: Stranded at Romson’s Lodge


Stranded at Romson’s Lodge by J. L. Callison

My review follows the authors blurb found on Amazon. “Kidnapped and flown to a remote lodge in upstate Maine, high school seniors, Jed Romson and Elizabeth Sitton are stranded when their kidnapper crashes on takeoff. With thirty-five miles between them and the nearest hunting lodge, Jed knows it is up to him to care for a homesick city girl until someone finds them. Is he up to the task? “Call me if you need anything.” Jed shook his head. This was going to be interesting. Not only did he have to babysit a tenderfoot, he had to listen to her, too.

Elizabeth, a city girl, has never been away from home, especially out in the wilderness with no amenities. Can she learn to cook on a wood stove or over an open fire? And what about wild animals? Wolves? Bears? Coyotes? Lizzie dropped into a deerskin-bound chair and buried her face in her hands. “I don’t think I can do this, Jed. I’m not cut out to be a Swiss Family Robinson character. I’m not an outdoorsy type of girl. This is all well and good for you, but you grew up with this stuff. I don’t have any idea what I’m doing.”

Left with no clues, what will Detective Sarah Summers do to find the missing teens?”

I was gifted this book and this is my honest review. This book is well-written, fast paced, and well-edited which is always plus for any book. The two stranded kidnapped teenagers, Jed Romson and Elizabeth Sitton, must figure out how to survive in a remote lodge in upstate Maine. Coupling their viewpoints with those of the people trying to find them, a great mix was obtained, and Callison wove this together in a professional manner. Warning to book lovers – you won’t want to put this book down! I was surprised to know the villain from the start of the narrative. Not all teenage girls are weak, and Callison made Sitton very weak from the start, which was a disservice to women in my opinion. However, setting this novel in the 1980s was interesting with living the life of the time, without smart phones and computers to aid them in their search. All young adults could benefit from reading this novel. I found the perfect touch of morals and God perfect for this work. Five stars from me!



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