Tuesday, June 4, 2013

#55: Last Train To Omaha - Ann Whitely-Gillen (With Giveaway)

What happens when a bright young man's promising future is tragically derailed at the age of eighteen? Thirty-five-year-old James Milligan, the solitary and impenetrable chief architect at one of Chicago's leading design firms, has never recovered from the gruesome death of his best friend nearly two decades before. He's learned that a distant heart is the only way to shut out the nagging guilt and pain that threatens to capsize him at any moment. Only the dying veterans at the Aaron Milligan Palliative Care Center know the depth of the overwhelming compassion that James harbors within himself, and he is determined never to let anyone else into his heart - or his future - again. However, when caring and patient palliative care nurse Rebecca Doyle enters his world, his hardened exterior begins to crack against his will. Will Martin Diggs, the charismatic and perplexing Vietnam War veteran convince James that it's not too late to reclaim his future?



  • Paperback: 296 pages
  • Publisher: Ann Gillen Books (February 28, 2013)
  • ISBN: 9780991832507
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Review:
What a ride! 
I'll be honest, for the first half of the book, I thought it was "just a story". By the end of it, I realized what a terrific piece of literary fiction it is. Characters that are so well-rounded that I cried like a baby when one died.
Oh, let me tell you about Martin. He is not one of the main characters, or maybe he secretly is, but he stole the show. Between his wits, words of wisdom and general awesome attitude, I found myself deeply connected to his character. 
That says a lot to me as a reader. When I set the book down and reflect. I am usually more apt to dig into the profoundness of a story, but not this time. While I loved the story, I ended up loving Martin more.
Definitely a fantastic book for literary fans. This is one of those books that makes you think and takes you on a journey. 
PS - Bring tissues.


4/5



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3 comments:

  1. got this in the TBR and will be holding a giveaway too :)

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  2. This sounds like a lovely book. I'm adding it to my TBR collection.
    PS: Thank you for stopping by my blog and leaving a comment on my Teaser Tuesday post.

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  3. I'd like to find out how the main character overcomes his past. This book sounds fascinating. Thanks for the giveaway.
    mtakala1 AT yahoo DOT com

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