"Long Way Gone" by Charles Martin #review - Holiday Gift Idea

Disclosure: I received this book at no charge in exchange for my honest review.
I settled into the recliner on Saturday afternoon to read "Long Way Gone" by Charles Martin. It was so good that I sat there and read every page until the very end. Charles Martin is a wonderfully gifted writer, with the ability to make the reader hear, smell, and feel the settings in his book.

This prodigal son story follows the life and relationships of a musician and songwriter named Cooper O'Conner, with all the twists and turns that we know relationships can experience. From the wonder of a child in awe of all the big things in life, to the angst of a teenager who cannot wait to be out from under his father's overbearing rule, to the harsh realities of trying to find a path, a way, a life, in a world of people all trying to do the same. Cooper angrily leaves the safety of his father's home in the mountains of Colorado to prove himself in the musical city of Nashville. Throughout his trials, he finds people along the way wanting to help him, as well as those wanting to hurt him. He never stops longing to be back in his father's cabin, but is determined to succeed first. After a devastating fire that leaves him scarred, unable to sing, and disheartened, he finally finds his way back home. You simply must read the book to find out what happens!

There are many wonderful, colorful characters in "Long Way Gone" that lend themselves to the story. I love the way Charles Martin, the author, weaves music throughout the story, especially the old hymns that I grew up singing. I found myself choking up several times as I read the book, because my heart was so deeply touched by both the music and the interactions of the characters. It's a fabulous read and would make a wonderful holiday gift idea for the book-lover in your life!

About Charles Martin:
Charles Martin is a New York Times bestselling author of twelve novels. Martin’s books have been published in over twenty-five countries and in twenty languages. Martin earned his B.A. in English from Florida State University and went on to receive an M.A. in Journalism and a Ph.D. in Communication from Regent University. With themes revolving around love and hope, Martin has been championed as an author “who understands the power of story and uses it to alter the souls and lives of both his characters and his readers.” He and his wife, Christy, live a stone's throw from the St. John's River in Jacksonville, Florida, with their three boys: Charlie, John T. and Rives.

Long Way Gone [Thomas Nelson / HarperCollins] is available wherever books are sold.

Find Charles Martin online at www.charlesmartinbooks.com and on Twitter.

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