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REVIEW: “Favorite Son” by Will Freshwater

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Born into a blue-collar family, John Wells beat the odds and came out a winner. As chief of staff to Patrick Donovan, a US senator and aspiring presidential candidate, he enjoys all the power and privilege of a DC insider. But while riding high on a wave of success, he’s blindsided by a series of betrayals from the people he trusts the most. In the space of a single day, John’s perfect life unexpectedly unravels when his career falters and his marriage implodes. Following a final, devastating blow, John assumes a new identity as “Peter” and flees to Provincetown, where a tight-knit community of eclectic characters slowly transforms him.

Peter finds himself drawn to Danny Cavanaugh, an enigmatic carpenter who is struggling to come to terms with his own troubled past. As they work together to renovate a local landmark, the two men forge an unlikely friendship that blossoms into love and becomes the foundation for a new life they hope to build together. But when a reversal of fortune pulls John back to DC, the treacherous world of politics he thought he’d left behind threatens to destroy his chance at true happiness

REVIEW:

Well, it’s been several days and I am still processing this one. To be completely honest, I think I will be processing this for weeks to come. Two pages and I was absolutely riveted. Can I give you a sneak peek? Oh good!

A tragedy strikes John within days of his early arrival into the Wells family. His brother, precious twin, was stolen by death within days of their birth. The void was carefully preserved over the years, an echoing cavern in his soul.

Decades later, a catastrophe reaching 9.9 on the Richter scale demolishes John’s life. In one fell swoop everything he’s dreamed he has ever wanted is taken from him. The life he’s built required sacrifices with steep price tags, yet he paid them and forged ahead never looking back. He had his eye on the prize and nothing else mattered. Yet when the ground began to rumble beneath him, he questioned the authenticity of the dreams he had always cherished. The duties of a politician require many faces and before long John can’t recall which one truly belongs to him.

How did he become this man he doesn’t know? What do you do when your life turns down the wrong set of tracks? Or worse, what happens when you no longer like the face in the mirror?

Run away. Run fast and run far and savor new beginnings. That is exactly what John Peter Wells does. It’s a shame that your past always follows your future, and when John’s painful past catches up to him his fragile new world is in danger.

This is NOT a romance….

it’s a painstaking beautiful story about love, acceptance and forgiveness.

This is NOT a simple self-discovery journey…

it’s an intimate reinvention of a desired path.

This is NOT a frivolous contemporary…

it is a carefully crafted stunning success I won’t soon forget.

Though it was slow at times, it was steady. I thoroughly enjoyed the cast; they were fun and vibrant characters. I was a tad confused initially, but I was always engaged. Gorgeous writing deeply layered with emotions. I feel like I was the lucky winner of premiere tickets and I couldn’t wait to share this goodie with friends. Perfect buddy read material. I was left feeling chatty and craving a reread.

Two words: Will Freshwater.

Keep your eyes out for more, I certainly plan on it.

RATING: 4.5 STARS

BOOK INFO:

22324603Title: Favorite Son
Author: Will Freshwater
Publisher: Dreamspinner Press
Pages: 204
Release Date: June 23, 2014
Purchase Links: Dreamspinner, Amazon

2 comments on “REVIEW: “Favorite Son” by Will Freshwater

  1. Sounds absolutely amazing. Thanks for the rec, Sheri!!!

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    • Sheri
      July 11, 2014

      You’re welcome Lt :)
      I can’t wait to hear what you think…

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