Book Review: Legacy Road

4 Jul

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?

Set against the haunting backdrop of several Civil War battlefields, Legacy Road is a grace-full exploration of hidden secrets—and what happens when they are revealed. Through the ups and downs of human relationships, of family ties lost and found, southern fiction fans will ponder the age-old question: How do you forgive others—and release yourself— from a past that threatens to destroy you?

Graham Garrison is the author of Hero’s Tribute and has published articles in six newspapers and eight magazines, including the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, America’s Civil War, Georgia Physician, and Boating World.

My Impressions:

Legacy Road is Graham Garrison’s second novel following his debut, Hero’s Tribute.  Many of the characters from the first book are in his second, including protagonist, Wes Watkins.  For such a short book (215 pages), there sure is a lot going on.  I wish that Garrison had stuck to just one storyline.  I think that would have made the novel much stronger.  As it was, the reader is inundated with plot lines.  He also includes letters as a literary device, one which I enjoy.    The letters written by Wes’s father are very strong.  However, from the back cover, I thought the letters from his Civil War ancestor would play a much larger role.  In fact the Civil War angle is a plot device more than a plot line.  All in all, I didn’t enjoy Legacy Road — I didn’t particularly like any of the characters and was bored with the story.  Please remember that this is just one reviewer’s opinion.  Please check out other reviews HERE.

(I received Legacy Road from Kregel in return for a review.  The opinions expressed are mine alone.)

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