A battle-scarred father. A disillusioned daughter. Can a grieving widower rebuild his splintered family to find peace at last?
South Dakota, 1949. WWII veteran John Smith longs for the life he lost after the tragic death of his wife during childbirth. But in the desperation to provide for his two small children, he is manipulated into an unsuitable marriage by a young woman with a dark neurosis. Tormented by his own grief and the ravages of war, John is blind to his children’s turmoil and pain.
Washington State, 1964. John’s sixteen-year-old daughter Calla dreams of a life beyond her vindictive stepmother. Forced to care for her younger siblings with a list of household demands larger than she is tall, Calla knows it’s only a matter of time until she can escape the abuse and begin anew at college. But her dreams crumble when her heartless stepmother claims the college fund for her own selfish purposes.
As John fears he is too late to stop the war within his home, Calla vows to build a new life worth living.
Can John survive the consequences of war on the home front? Can Calla find the strength to rediscover the meaning of family.
A Man Called Smith is the heartwarming and heart wrenching conclusion to a gripping historical fiction series following the life of John Smith. If you like courageous characters and narratives told over multiple generations, then you’ll love Tanya E. Williams’ emotional tale.
About the Author:
A writer from a young age, Tanya E Williams loves to help a reader get lost in another time, another place through the magic of books. History continues to inspire her stories and her insightfulness into the human condition deepens her character’s experiences and propels them on their journey. Ms. Williams’ favourite tales, speak to the reader’s heart, making them smile, laugh, cry, and think. https://tanyaewilliams.com/
Calla is struggling to overcome the abuse caused by her step mother. She is determined to go to college and have a completely different life. This all changes when her stepmother steals her college fund.
Calla shows true strength during adversity. I felt for her and her situation. I was rooting for her all the way through this story. She is a great kid and does not deserve her lot in life. And believe me…it does not stop her one little bit.
This is an emotional read, almost too much of one. Basically because I ended up really….and I mean REALLY despising John Smith. He is way too passive as a father and I wanted to come through the pages and Gibb slap him….more than once. He really got my dander up. Now, I know he has been through so much but…there comes a time when your children must come first. So, I guess any book that creates this kind of anger in a reader…is a pretty dang good read.
I received this novel from the author and Suzy Approved Book tours for a honest review.