Monday, July 09, 2012

Legacy Road

Legacy Road
Graham Garrison

 My Thoughts:
This is Graham Garrison's second book, a sequel to Hero's Tribute. Wes Watkins, a freelance journalist, is dealing with his future and his past. His father is working to reconcile after a years of abandonment, his mother is facing terminal illness, and Wes is uncovering secrets that blow apart what he thought was truth in his life. At the same time he is going back to college and is struggling to come to terms with letters written by his great grandfather during the Civil War. Wes's girlfriend seems to be dealing with ghosts in her own past, resulting in confusion for both of them.

 This book helped remind me that each of us has a past that needs to be dealt with -- finding and accepting the truth, forgiving others and yourself, and moving on toward a fulfilling future.

 About the Book:
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?

About the Author:
Graham Garrison is the author of “Hero’s Tribute” and “Legacy Road.” He’s written for newspapers and magazines, including America’s Civil War, Boating World, Georgia Physician and Repertoire. Graham has lived in almost a dozen towns, five states (Alabama, Georgia, Florida, North Carolina and Washington) and one army base (Fort Bragg, N.C.). He’s grown roots in Johns Creek, Ga., with his wife Katie, sons Nicholas and Nolan, and Baxter the Beagle. He and his family worship at Mount Pisgah United Methodist Church. He is a Florida Gator by birth, but a Georgia Bulldog by the grace of God.

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