This isn't really a review site, but I've read a lot of great books this year. So from time to time I like to pass it on. Here's a review I wrote for Recovering Charles. Enjoy!
By Jason F. Wright
#1 New York Times Bestselling Author
Shadow Mountain, September 2008
Reviewed by Heather Moore
“Every life has a second verse” is the theme reiterated throughout Jason Wright’s latest novel, Recovering Charles.
When Luke Millward, a Pulitzer winning photographer, receives a phone call from New Orleans, his routine life is turned upside down. On the heels of Hurricane Katrina, Luke is told that his father has gone missing.
Estranged from his father for many years, Luke decides to make the journey and join in the search. But the search for his father turns out to be a discovery of the soul—both past the present for Luke.
Throughout the story, we learn about Luke’s mother who became addicted to prescription pain medication and his father who faithfully stayed by her side until her tragic death. We also catch a glimpse of Luke’s father and his descent into depression and alcoholism following his wife’s death. Luke moves on with his life after graduation, but he never forgets his upbringing.
This novel was a wonderful, compelling read. The writing style is fresh and even poetic in some places. The characters are vibrant and engaging—I was caught up in the plight of the main character as he was swept into the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and started to put together bits of his past together as he tried to find his father. Readers will be reminded of the devastation that occurred in Louisiana and will see it firsthand again through Luke’s eyes.
Recovering Charles is a great story that is universal in appeal—for anyone who believes in a second verse.
Book is available for purchase here.