Thursday, July 5, 2012

Legacy Road by Graham Garrison - REVIEWED

About the Book: (from Kregal Publishing) 

The highly-anticipated sequel to Hero's Tribute
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?

My Thoughts:

Unfortunately, because of the human element, the best plans don’t’ always work out.”  (p.58)

But Halleluiah, God is in the business of redeeming our failed plans and wrong choices! Legacy Road is a testament to second (and third) chances that God, in His mercy, allows in our lives.  Wes Watkins finds himself at a very unexpected crossroads in life.  Things are all going along so very well, and then, it seems, as if everything falls to pieces all at once.

As Wes tries to gather the pieces of his life, his path intersects with several other life stories – all of which ultimately impact him profoundly.  Emmy, Wes’ girlfriend is deployed with her guard unit, his mom has health issues, his estranged dad winds up in legal trouble….and on an on it goes.  At the point where everything seems overwhelming, answers begin to come.  Answers that surprise and touch your heart, and challenge you to press on even when the battle is fiercely raging all around you.

For just as one choice can change the tide of war, so one choice can change the direction of your life.  Praise God, He is all about redemption! Doesn’t mean we escape the pain, but it does offer hope as we press forward.

What an AMAZING story!! Don’t miss this!!!

About the Author:

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

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