Disclosure: I received a complimentary e-book copy of this book and have volunteered to share my review.
The Johnson’s—Dr. Samuel Johnson, his wife Tabitha and Samuel’s parents, Maxine and Samuel, Sr.–have had a tumultuous four-day wedding trip that would destroy most families. Tabitha makes a fool of herself trying to get Samuel’s attention at the wedding but Samuel is too busy to notice. He is having a torrid liaison with Kat, the gorgeous maid of honor half his age. After missing their flight home, the family lays waste to the Savannah Airport: unearthing dark secrets, sharing unbelievable confessions, and turning their eight-hour layover into an episode of some sleazy talk show. But, as the third story begins, Samuel and Tabitha have taken a step in the right direction. They put a patch on their differences, eschew their trip back home to Pittsburgh, and enjoy a night of hot sex in a Savanah hotel that they’ve never enjoyed before in their marriage. Tragedy will strike Maxine as Senior’s heartless actions put her over the edge. But Tabitha and Samuel will attempt to pull the entire family together once and for all…for the Long Journey Home.
I read the previous two books and enjoyed them. But (isn’t there always a but!?) it has been a really long time and this installment definitely had a different vibe than the first two.
With that said, I didn’t love it but I didn’t hate it. I did like it.
It was a little bit harder for me to read because it was so different, but I finished it and I liked it.
The book picks up where we left off – the aftermath of “the airport”. It deals with parental divorce, other families, infidelity, making changes as a person and in life, making amends, and moving forward. There is a touch of suicide and substance abuse but not enough to be a trigger.
The third book definitely needs to be read after the previous book, otherwise you will be absolutely clueless, but it really is a book that inspires you to want to make amends, make changes, and move forward in life.
The message I took away was even at our lowest, we can always get back up, make changes and live happily ever after.
It was definitely a true to life story – one that I have experienced different parts of and any human with a ‘normal’ (read: dysfunctional) family can relate to.
This series is definitely a good read – in order – and easy to get lost in for a few moments when you need a break from reality!
Also available in Johnson Family Chronicles
Each book may be read as a stand-alone novel, or as part of the series.
Book of Samuel, Johnson Family Chronicles, Book 1
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?
The Long Goodbye, 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?
About the Author
Hi Everyone! James Robinson, Jr. is so formal; call me Jim. People have also referred to me as James, Jay, Jayzer, and even Jimbo. (You can thank my middle daughter for the Jimbo thing. Kids have no respect for authority these days.) I’m a sixty-year-old father of three, thirty-plus daughters and grandfather of four who has been battered by gravity unmercilessly (see Fighting the Effects of Gravity). I was late getting into the writing game. Mainly because I was busy having children and trying to keep them fed.
I have written and published most of the books that you see here since 2012. My first book, Fighting the Effects of Gravity, was a long-term project that I started long before the digital revolution. My next book, Death of a Shrinking Violet, consists of 13 essays including the memorable entry, “Damn You Sam’s Club!” My latest work, a novella, is my first foray into the world of fiction. Along the way, I have managed to take home two Five-Star Readers’ Favorite Reviews and become an Indie Excellence and Readers’ Favorite Award finalist.
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