Sunday, May 12, 2013

Review: The Banks of Certain Rivers by Jon Harrison

The Banks of Certain Rivers 
by Jon Harrison

Pages: 400 
Format: ebook 
Buy the Book: Amazon  

Goodreads:  Neil Kazenzakis is barely holding his life together: ever since an accident left his wife profoundly disabled, he's been doing his best as a single dad and popular high school teacher. He's also been dealing with Lauren Downey, his sort-of girlfriend of the past two years who's pushing for a commitment—and for Neil to finally tell his son Christopher about their secret relationship.

Neil's carefully balanced world begins to fall apart when some questionable footage of him is anonymously posted to YouTube...just as Chris learns about Lauren in the worst possible way. Doubting his own recollection of the events in the online video and threatened with the loss of his job and the ability to care for his wife, Neil must find a way to prove the truth to his family, his community, and himself as he struggles to regain the splintered trust of his son.

Kritters Thoughts:  A book that centers around a man, Neil, who from the beginning is dealt with a major life tragedy, the loss of a spouse, but this is just the tip of the iceberg for this book as his life takes major hits, but reading his story was enlightening.  I rarely read a book that not only centers around a male character, but is written by a male, and now I just may look for more of them!

I fell in love with Neil and his family and wanted to read on and on to find out how they were coping through it all.  From the blurb, I knew something would happen that would jeopardize his job, but my guess was so wrong and I was so glad!  How this event unfolded and ended was just great to read.

I will definitely be keeping this author on my radar, with hopes of more books to come!

Rating: absolutely loved it and want a sequel

Ebook 2013 Challenge: 30 out of 50

Disclosure of Material Connection:  I received one copy of this book free of charge from the author.  I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.

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