About the Book
Author: Janet Morris Grimes
Genre: Christian Mystery/Suspense
Release date: August 10, 2021
Solomon is running out of it.
A broken and forgotten man fighting the demons of dementia, he longs for the past when both he and his beloved military town of Ginger Ridge once thrived.
When his stooped body collides with the hardened realities of the present, Solomon lies in a coma as an unidentifiable victim of a hit-and-run accident in a faraway city.
With nothing to keep him going but flashbacks of relationships from his past, Solomon has no idea what a difference he will make on the future …
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It has been a while since I have read a novel this touching. Part of it had to do with the plot structure. Grimes did well in revealing the right information at the right time. And as for the resolutions to the two major issues, I like how Grimes inserted a welcome twist just when I thought all was lost.
Part of the novel's impact had to do with the character construction. Solomon is the kind of man every young person would like to have as a close neighbor. As the novel progresses, we find out just how important Solomon's life has been. And Harper is such a compassionate person. We find out why she is so helpful as her story is revealed. I did find Raphael a hard man to like through much of the novel, having such anger issues. I appreciate how more of the positive side of his inner character was eventually revealed and I did like him better at the end.
This novel explores how our benevolent actions have an influence far beyond our expected reach. It's a feel good story. It reminds us there are wonderful people having powerful impacts on lives every day. It is also an encouraging story, reminding us we can be one of those people too.
My rating: 5/5 stars.
About the Author
A wife of one, mother of three, and Tootsie to four, she currently writes from her quiet two-acre corner near Louisville, Kentucky. She’s spent the last few years preparing to introduce her novels and children’s stories to the world.
More from Janet
- – I’d have to say my inspiration for the character of Solomon Thomas came from my precious father-in-law. When we lost him almost ten years ago, we were inundated with countless stories of simple, behind-the-scenes acts of kindness he offered over many decades. I’m not sure he realized what a difference he made in the lives of others.
The same is true for my main character, Solomon Thomas. He comes from such a place of deep tragedy. Once he lost everything, he had nothing left to offer but himself. So he did.
There are many themes running throughout this story. A lost sense of home. Running out of time. Redemption and second chances. But more than this, connection and community. Sometimes, we are so trapped by our own brokenness, we don’t know how to let others in. But what if we did?
Solomon learned to do just that. Show up for people, and let them into his world as well. And over time, it was enough to breathe new life into his beloved town of Ginger Ridge.
What happens next? Solomon deserves a sequel, so I’ll be working on that very soon.
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I received a complimentary digital copy of this book through Celebrate Lit. My comments are an independent and honest review. The rest of the copy of this post was provided by Celebrate Lit.
(My star ratings: 5-I love it, 4-I like it, 3-It's OK, 2-I don't like it, 1-I hate it.)