Thursday, July 5, 2012

Legacy Road by Graham Garrison ~ review

  • Paperback: 216 pages
  • Publisher: Kregel Publications (March 12, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0825426715
  • ISBN-13: 978-0825426711

Book Description

March 12, 2012
Wes Watkins's journalism career took off when he was asked to eulogize Michael Gavin, a stranger to Wes but a hometown hero to the humble folks of Talking Creek, Georgia. While researching Gavin's life, Wes was confronted with an estranged relationship of his own that he wasn't prepared to address, having ignored for years the occasional letters from his imprisoned father. Wes has chosen to focus instead on his growing career and his budding relationship with Emmy. His life is looking up . . . until his marriage proposal to Emmy goes south. Left to wonder if he can reconcile with Emmy before she is deployed to Afghanistan, Wes can no longer avoid the other reconciliation that troubles him. But when Wes uncovers a painful truth about his parents' past, patching things up with his father may prove impossible. Wes's life is close to spiraling out of control. Will Wes learn to forgive? Or will the best year of his life turn into the worst?

My take on this book:
I often judge a book by it's cover, and with "Legacy Road" I did just that. I was drawn to the cover, and while I wasn't disappointed with the story overall, it just didn't keep me riveted, I would have liked a bit more of a back story  in the beginning so that I would have known more about what was going on.

Wes Watkins's has always wanted to teach history, and while he had put the idea aside he couldn't quit thinking about it and now working as a freelance writer and editor he now has enough time and money to move forward to achieve his dream. In addition to this he has been dating Emmy, and hopes to marry her. Thing is Wes and Emmy have issues from their past that they have been avoiding. Will they be able to reconcile their past and find a way to have a future?

This story really had plenty going on, and is told from several different character voices, making it a story that at times was hard to follow. I did find myself looking forward to reading the letters that Ron wrote allowing me to understand who he was.I didn't realize that this was a second book in a series until I started reading it. The first book in the series is titled "Hero's Tribute" and I really suggest that it should be read first. For me I didn't like or hate this book, I just wish I could have connected more with the characters.

A complimentary copy of this book was provided in exchange for an honest review.

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