The sequel to Hero's Tribute! While researching for a hometown hero's eulogy, Wes is confronted by his estranged relationship with his imprisoned father. When Emmy doesn't accept his marriage proposal and is deployed to Afghanistan, he feels like his life is spiraling out of control. Will he learn forgiveness before it's too late? 256 pages, softcover from Kregel.
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?
Journalist Wes Watkins is on a roll. His career is taking off, hes going back to school, and hes about to propose to the love of his life, Emmy Stewart. When his stagey proposal flops, Wess world tilts. Emmy, a National Guard medic, is about to be deployed to Afghanistan. Wess mentor, Paul Gavin, persuades Wes to involve his estranged father, Ron, in a class Wes is taking on the Civil War; Ron, who had abandoned his family in favor of alcohol, has Civil Warera letters from a family ancestor. Wes naturally distrusts his father; Emmy has a secret in her past. When Wes finally reads a cache of letters Ron sent him as the younger man was growing up, other secrets emerge. Garrison (Heros Tribute) writes in the venerable tradition of Southern fiction, in which the ghosts of the past always play a role. The subtlety and pacing of the characters development is convincing. You dont have to write about the Amish to edify; this is a breath of fresh air. Agent: Terry Burns, Hartline Literary Agency. (Apr.)2012 Reed Business Information
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