The Long Goodbye by James Robinson Jr
Johnson Family Chronicles, Book 2
Under the sweltering Savannah sun, magnolia trees bloom and a posh wedding takes place. The happy couple, open bar, opulent favors and scrumptious food are merely window dressing for the real drama…Fifty-five-year-old Samuel is mesmerized by Kat, the gorgeous maid of honor who is half his age and is doubly interested in him. Samuel’s wife, Tabitha, fights desperately to draw his attentions back to her and their floundering marriage. Meanwhile, Samuel’s mother, Maxine, runs into a man from her past. As the liquor flows, lips are loosened and the truth wins out. Will Samuel be led astray by the promise of restoring his own waning youth? Will Maxine find new love with an old flame?
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Stranded in the Savannah, Georgia Airport after a family wedding, Dr. Samuel Johnson—a Gynecologist—his wife and his parents confront their family emotional baggage even as their Louis Vitton luggage makes its way to the families final destination. During his eight-hour layover in Savannah, Samuel discovers the painful secrets that mull his father’s past, suffers through the erratic behavior of his mother, and even his lovely even-keeled wife has acquired an inexplicably hard edge. He is also forced to confront the fact that he has grown weary of his all-consuming medical practice and longs for another life. As tensions rise, more and more secrets are revealed as the airport becomes the family’s battleground. Can Samuel find a way to make things right?
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I really liked both books.
I was provided the opportunity to read both book 1 and book 2.
Book 1 was a novella so it was a short, easy read. Interestingly enough, book 1 jumps to the end of book 2… so it gives you this situation of the family stranded at the airport, airing all their dirty laundry, and then you read book 2 and you get the before – the reason they are in Savannah, the reason they are stranded in the airport.
Book 2 was just as good and just as easy to read.
Both books were different than my typical read, but I felt they were both relatable. They were real life. This wasn’t romance with some hunk that is far from reality or a paranormal read or some murder mystery. This was real life. This was affairs, work-a-holics, addiction, crazy opinionated mothers, marriage problems – it was something that was real life, real experience.
I highly recommend reading either books, or both. As I mentioned earlier, they are easy reads so they did not take long to read. They are engaging which makes this read that much easier. I found them both to be very enjoyable.
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About the Author
He was late getting into the writing game. He has written and published most of the books since 2012. His first book being, Fighting the Effects of Gravity, which was a long-term project that he started long before the digital revolution. Followed by, Death of a Shrinking Violet, which consists of 13 essays including the memorable entry, “Damn You Sam’s Club!” His first foray into the world of fiction, a novella, The Book of Samuel.
He has been awarded two Five-Star Readers’ Favorite Reviews and become an Indie Excellence and Readers’ Favorite Award finalist.