Publication Date: 08 May 2018
ARC from Netgalley and Thomas Nelson
“Sir, we live in an angry, evil world. Where stuff doesn’t always make sense. Where hope seems like something we did when we were kids and the love we cling to slips through our fingers like cold water, but” –I tapped my chest—nothing that happens here today changes the fact that love heals the shattered places.”
–Joseph “Jo-Jo” Brooks
Once again Charles Martin draws the reader into a multi-layered, emotional drama with depths that just will not let you put this story down. Two brothers. A past love. A radio talk show host. An abused mother and two children. A drug gang. All of these people are woven in to this tale about Joseph, “Jo-Jo”, Brooks, a man who lives a shadowy existence in each of their lives.
Joseph’s life story plays out predominantly against the backdrop of coastal Florida and Vietnam. The novel encompasses love, war, and violence. Joseph and Bobby Brooks are two brothers with a complicated past and an even more complex relationship as adults. The complexity of their relationship is uncovered a layer at a time as the story progresses often moving back in time in order to help the reader understand Joseph and his choices.
The book is filled with themes on finding forgiveness, love, protecting family, friendship, and healing. The book is deep and filled with emotion and pain. The voice of Charles Martin whispered in my ear long after I finished the story. This book is so worth reading.
This ARC copy was received from Thomas Nelson and Netgalley in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.
Publication Date: 2016
Thomas Nelson, division of HarperCollins Christian Publishing, Inc.
Copy from The Fiction Guild and Thomas Nelson
Excerpt: One of the mysteries of music is that two can achieve together what one never could do alone. The effect is exponential. It’s also the only activity on Planet Earth that can transport those who hear it from place A to place B in about two beats. It can shift a mood from laughter to tears to I-can-conquer-the-world to what-if and hope. It’s the original time machine.”
Cooper O’Connor is the epic prodigal son in this amazing novel that loosely retells the parable. Taking many things that did not belong to him, he heads out to Nashville to make it big in the music business. Along the way, life interferes.
The story unfolds as Cooper meets Daley Cross, a rising young star while he is working at the Ryman Auditorium one night. The two have an immediate connection, both musically and emotionally. However, Cooper runs into an obstacle that is tougher than he ever imagined and willing to do about anything to get what he wants.
Fast forward twenty years, fate steps in and brings Daley Cross back into Cooper’s life. Much has changed for both of them in the past twenty years and not much turned out the way they imagined. This story is filled with emotion, pain, and faith unlike any book I have read in a long while.
I very much enjoyed the haunting emotional story and language. I did not want to put this book down and I certainly did not want it to end. The novel has a great deal of faith, some romance, and mindfulness about gratitude. This is definitely not a light read, but a story that will stay with you long after you turn the last page!
This ARC copy was received from Thomas Nelson and HarperCollins Christian Fiction and The Fiction Guild in exchange for an honest review. The above thoughts and opinions are wholly my own.