Sins of the Father

Sins of the Father While volunteering to help prisoners earn their high school equivalency Charlie Kirby meets Caleb Farmer who asks his help to write a letter to his long lost son Junior to make amends Touched by C

  • Title: Sins of the Father
  • Author: D.W. Marchwell
  • ISBN: 9781615813506
  • Page: 444
  • Format: ebook
  • While volunteering to help prisoners earn their high school equivalency, Charlie Kirby meets Caleb Farmer, who asks his help to write a letter to his long lost son, Junior, to make amends Touched by Caleb s story, Charlie agrees to help When Charlie manages to track down Junior, he discovers the man has long since changed his name to James Marshall and wants absolutely nWhile volunteering to help prisoners earn their high school equivalency, Charlie Kirby meets Caleb Farmer, who asks his help to write a letter to his long lost son, Junior, to make amends Touched by Caleb s story, Charlie agrees to help When Charlie manages to track down Junior, he discovers the man has long since changed his name to James Marshall and wants absolutely nothing to do with his father Charlie understands James s anger Charlie spent most of his adolescence trying to convince his own incarcerated father to see him, but his father always pushed him away Now, Charlie has nothing but regret for the past and the lost opportunities, and he wants to spare James the same fate But Charlie s attempts to help James forgive and forget become complicated by feelings he hasn t experienced since the death of his husband For them to have any chance at finding happiness, James will have to end his self imposed emotional isolation, but will Charlie s efforts bring James closer or push him further away

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    1. Buying this book was a given; this is the third story by D.W. Marchwell that I've read and it totally blew me away. I've loved his other stories, but in Sins of the Father, he's surpassed himself. This is not a short story ~ I was up 'til 4:30 in the morning because I literally could not put this book down ~ but it read as though it were. Was it worth it? Oh heck yes! (I'm using much stronger language in my mind just so you know.)In fact just after I started reading the book I had to go back and [...]

    2. THE BLURBTHE REVIEWWondering where the blurb is? I didn’t include it because 1) it completely misses the point of this book and 2) it contains a huge spoiler which totally ruined the build-up to the main part of the story that occurs in the first one-third of the book. If you decide you want to read this book based on this review (and I would be flattered if you do, but more importantly, it’s very good and I can easily recommend it) then use this link, which will take you to the order page a [...]

    3. When I found myself already in tears within the first 20 pages of this book I had high hopes. Sadly the angst I assumed was to follow never made it. Oh there were still times I teared up, but it was always for the children they were, not the adults they became. Maybe I'm too hard hearted but I found myself anoyed with Charlie and his insistence that James forgive his father. I never liked that Charlie assumed he knew what James would feel if he never forgave his father, when in fact the crimes t [...]

    4. 4.5 Stars Could have been five stars, if not for just one thing in the story that really bugged me. There were a few glaring typos as well, but I liked this story so much I'm going to overlook them. Also the blurb is kinda off, but again going to just go with it, because I really liked it.Charlie is a widower, his partner died in an accident two years before, and he has just started dating. He's not too interested though. He likes his life as it is. He's been a high school teacher for twenty yea [...]

    5. This is the second book I’ve read by this author and I think he’s just not for me. I struggled with this one and became bored about halfway through. I only finished it to see if there was an additional twist at the end, there’s not but I wanted to see what happened. Since there is nothing fatally wrong with the book, this is clearly a case of just not appealing to me specifically. The characters felt boring and predictable as they dance around each other in a push/pull relationship. It did [...]

    6. I really struggled with this book trying to decide if I liked it or hated it. There were parts where I found myself skipping ahead to get to an interesting part and then I would find a scene that kept my riveted. But ultimately, I just couldn't really get into the MCs, Charlie and James. First, there was too many coincidences that brought Charlie to James: friend of his neighbors, James being his favorite "elusive" author, and then of course, the son of the man in prison he was helping. Most of [...]

    7. There were parts of this novel where I felt the weary urge to just skip through the pages in hopes to get to somewhere interesting and moments where I really felt for the characters. Unfortunately all the characters I empathized with died and those who were left behind I could never find the desire to care for.Charlie is a high school teacher and a widower who also volunteers at the local prison helping inmates earn a basic high school degree to prepare them for when they return to society. His [...]

    8. got turned on to Marchwell's books through a friend. never knew these kinda books even exist but bought sins as sono as it came out. as with his other stories this one is full of heart. i think i like the cereberal aspect of the writing not what anyone would call action or adventure - if that's why your reading you'll be disappointed. has a good mix of the regular blue collar man and just tryin to survive

    9. This book was an emotional roller coaster for me, but I could not put it down. The characters are well written and it is not full of fluff and sweetness. It hits you in the gut and makes you think long and hard.

    10. 4 StarsHeart-breaking, but ultimately positive and uplifting. Very emotional; the flashbacks to and memories the MCs have of their childhood traumas are hauntingd I loved the way DWM humanized Caleb - without excusing or belittling the crime he committed.

    11. Slow start but interesting as the story moved along. What I like about this book is how an almost similar childhood trauma affected the adult men, James and Charlie. Something that cannot be measured nor judged, people internalized differently. For James, the tragedy is more harsh and there is there underlying feeling he'd been abused as child by his father. He goes through life coping and not having a strong relationship until he meets Charlie. Charlie is luckier than James. His mother protects [...]

    12. This one was a touch slow to start off with. I found the beginning to be a bit confusing when laying the groundwork for who the characters are because how they fit together in the story was not immediately apparent. Once I got around 20% in, then it started making more sense.The descriptions were fairly lengthy. Sometimes this appeals to me and sometimes not. This time it didn't quite catch me. Too much description over living the action. Point of view also seemed to hop some. It's mostly from C [...]

    13. I love this book! The sins of the father have affected these two very different young men in different ways. Can they get over their past and have a future together. I like that Charlie who some might see as a goody two shoes has flaws and how his new love interest might look tough, but really is a good guy. This book is one I'll read again! ****I read this book again and still love it. Just love the story of Charlie & William and the minor character are well written also12/11/14

    14. Very touching story. And I understood the message about forgiveness and letting go of the past, but I couldn't help but think that were I in James's shoes, I'd also have an incredibly hard time forgiving Caleb Still, I was very glad for James and Charlie that they could move on, free from it all.

    15. I highly recommend this excellent book. The author's prose really pulled me into the story, and I felt very invested in the lives of the main characters. I practically read this entire book in one sitting; the author kept me on pins and needles wondering if everything would ultimately work out for characters who so richly deserved some happiness.

    16. I decided - despite the blurb - to pick this up because I really enjoyed his other two stories. What a shame that they couldn't come up with a better blurb; the story is about so much more than what's mentioned in the blurb. Completely absorbing, introspective and an emotional journey I won't soon forget. Kudos, Mr. Marchwell!

    17. This one was a tearjerker for me. As I read it, it made me think of my students who are sometimes defined by those around them by who their parents are and the things that their parents have done. It also made me think about forgiveness and if there are things that are unforgivable.

    18. I'm still trying to wipe the tears!!! I dont know why i waited so long to read this book but in a way i am glad. Kind of makes me want to redo my life or at least have more fun than now. Beautifully written, and well rounded, but then this author has never disappointed me

    19. what a roller coaster of a ride but it was well worth it in the end had me hooked from the start please read this book as you will be silly not to

    20. Slow/confusing beginning. Pretty good middle. Strong ending. Unnesessary epilogue.Contrary to pretty much every other review - I didn't find it sad.

    21. 4-4.5 Very well written, very emotional story. The compassion was misdirected at times, so it seemed like the wrong person was begging for forgivenessbut still enjoyable.

    22. Truly a great story. DW Marchwell is a new author for me. I'm so glad that I found him. I will definitely be ordering more of his books.

    23. Entertaining story, racing against the clock, but the sentiment does get laid on with a shovel. And even the bad characters have got hearts of gold. A bit more grit and it could have been 5 stars.

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