Set in the south against the backdrop of Civil War battlefields, Wes Watkins is a journalism graduate study ready to propose to his National Guard girlfriend, Emmy. He grew up in a single parent home, thinking of his dad as just a dead-beat dad. Wes gets a lucky break: he's asked to eulogize Michael Gavin, who is a hometown hero and his professor's son. While he's working on the assignment, he discovers that Michael and his father had actually been friends. He also discovers his father has some Civil War letters, which is just perfect as he has an assignment about Civil War Battlefields to work on before he finishes his degree. But with the letters come secrets about his family, and secrets about many others - including Emmy. Can Wes learn to forgive and move on?
Legacy Road is actually the sequel to the author's book Hero's Tribute. While you don't need to read the first one to enjoy this novel, it can't hurt. I really liked that the "letters" were written in a completely different font - handwritten - so as to differentiate between the story and the letters. It made it almost feel like you were actually reading letters. Now, y'all know that I am a history geek, and I enjoy reading anything that is set alongside or brings up the Civil War. I found myself wishing the book had been just a teeny bit longer with a bit more Civil War talk tossed in, but that's just the history buff in me talking. I understand not everyone enjoys delving into dusty manuscripts. ;)
Note that this book is considered religious fiction too, as it does talk about faith.
Legacy Road by Graham Garrison is a paperback Southern Fiction book published by Kregel Publications. It is 216 pages long. The suggested cover price is $11.99, but Amazon has it available for $9.98 as of this posting. It is also available as an e-book for the Kindle and other e-readers.
I received a copy of this book in order to read it and share my thoughts on it as part of a Kregel Book Blog Tour. All opinions are my own, and not that of the author(s) or publisher.