by Shelly Brimley
GENRE: Historical Fiction
In defending his life-long friendship with Charlie, Will may have inadvertently had a hand in the growing chaos that leads to the horrifying night when his familiar world is shattered.
When Will Wright, the eighteen year old son of a small-town
sheep herder in 1905, begins
reading his mother’s journal, he is inspired by its startling content to start
putting his own experiences to paper for posterity. An unsophisticated but
principled young man, Will is becoming increasingly aware of the hatred that
exists in the world. When he begins his own journal, Will can’t know what
events are to take place in the next five years – from his mother’s battle with
a life threatening illness, to his embarrassments of learning how to be in love
for the first time, to witnessing Charlie’s fate at the hands of the bigoted
townspeople. While part of him wishes the pain in those pages didn’t exist, he
knows that the original purpose for keeping the journal has been realized - to
show his kin how he became the man he is. He will probably never go back
through and read again the pages he’s written, but someday, someone will, and
they will see that along with the hurt, Will’s life had been one that knew true
joy, absolute love, and undying friendship. Arkansas
It was a historical novel written really well, romantic but also touching, an intense and enjoyable reading. I loved every single page. Once it started it is very difficult to put it down. It caused a late night and a very early morning to finish.
The characters are well constructed and very realistic, are people that I wanted to know. Will is a great character, loyal, brave, with a great sense of justice. He hates injustice and tries to defend the weakest. Excellent idea of telling the story from his point of view. It was really great to see him grow and mature through the experience that life had forced him to face.
It 's a poignant story, is excellent from the cover till the end.
I have no hesitation in recommending it highly.
"Men and women are different," Will, he said.
"I know that," I said.
"Now don’t interrupt me, son!," he said, his voice rather abrupt and a bit on the nervous side. "Just let me say what I got to say."
"Sorry, I said," feelin’ startled.
Daddy scratched the back of his head and started again.
"Men and women are different," he said.
We’ve already covered that, I thought to myself but didn’t dare share that with him.
"And when they come together as husband and wife for the first time, it’s real important for the man to be sensitive to the woman so she feels comfortable… because the woman might feel uncomfortable if the man ain’t sensitive," he said.
I just sat and listened, not sure where he was goin’ with it. He didn’t seem to be goin’ anywhere except around in circles. All I could seem to grasp was that I’m supposed to be sensitive — about what… I had no clue. And Hannah is gonna end up feelin’ comfortable or uncomfortable – I’m not sure which. And speakin’ of bein’ uncomfortable, Daddy looked like a lone rabbit in a coyote’s den. I don’t believe he looked at me the whole time he was talkin’, just fidgeted and looked at the ground.
"You understand?" he asked.
I couldn’t bring myself to tell him I had no idea what in tarnation he was talkin’ about. So I just nodded instead.
"Uh huh," I said.
"Good," said Daddy as he put his hat back on and stood up to leave.
"Thank you, sir," I said. "This was real helpful."
Daddy stood there for a minute, not sure what to do next. He nervously shifted his weight from one foot to the other, and at one point, I thought he might shake my hand, but then he just said, “Alright then”, and went back in the house.
AUTHOR Bio and Links:
Shelly Brimley was born in
where she lived most of her life until moving to to study abroad. After
graduation, Shelly did some volunteer work in Mexico Africa
and completed her graduate degree while working in an adolescent drug treatment
center. After acquiring her Master’s degree, she worked as a counselor at a
residential shelter for children who had been smuggled and trafficked into the from
different countries around the world. She also taught English to adult refugees
before resigning to raise her children. Shelly wanted to use her experience
working with others as a source of inspiration in her writing, offering a voice
for those who are not typically heard or considered. USA
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