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28 October 2009

Virtual Book Tour and Review: My Son, John

Title: My Son, John
Author: Kathi Macias
Publisher: Sheaf House Publishers
Publication Date: 2009
ISBN: 97809797485-4-7
Paperback: 236 pages
Genre: Fiction/Contemporary Women



Murder. Could there be a more chilling word? Could it be any more horrible than to have a loved one killed, brutally and heartlessly, without obvious reason or motive? When Liz Peterson’s elderly mother is found viciously beaten to death in her home, Liz and her husband, Charles, along with their grown son, John, and teenage daughter, Sarah, are horrified beyond words. Their previously predictable, respectable lives seem to have vanished without a trace, as they struggle to make sense of a senseless act.

And then a second blow—more devastating, if possible, than the first—rocks them to their core. John is arrested for his grandmother’s murder. As what’s left of the Peterson family begins to crumble under the weight of loss and accusation, the Petersons’ longstanding Christian faith is put to the test in a way they could never have imagined, and unconditional love is stretched to its limits. Will family ties and relationships withstand such a crushing blow, or will evil succeed in dividing and conquering this once close and inseparable family?

My review:

A brutal murder, a son arrested, how much love and faith does it take to keep a family together? These are the central questions that are to be answered in the heartbreakingly beautiful novel, My Son, John. It was a rather ordinary day in February when Liz and her husband Charles learn of Liz's mother's death. As Liz gathers her children John and Sarah around her and her husband, to begin to grieve, the pain Liz is experiencing at losing the loss of her mother, is only the beginning. She rapidly learns that he beloved mother was brutally beaten and stabbed by none other than her own son. John's confession of murdering his beloved grandmother not only shakes the very foundation of faith Liz has, but the faith of her family as well. Liz's world, as she knew it no longer exists as neighbour's begin to talk, her daughter Sarah is being tormented and teased at school and Liz does not know how to pull herself together, to live as she puts in the "after", and make things right at home. Macias takes the reader on one family's rapid journey to utter despair and shows how love, family, and faith can help one learn to let go, love and ultimately forgive.

About the author:

Kathi Macias is a multi-award winning writer who has authored nearly 30 books and ghostwritten several others. A former newspaper columnist and string reporter, Kathi has taught creative and business writing in various venues and has been a guest on many radio and television programs. Kathi is a popular speaker at churches, women’s clubs and retreats, and writers’ conferences, and recently won the prestigious 2008 member of the year award from AWSA (Advanced Writers and Speakers Association) at the annual Golden Scrolls award banquet. Kathi “Easy Writer” Macias lives in Homeland, CA, with her husband, Al, where the two of them spend their free time riding their Harley. To learn more, visit Kathi's website.

Visit the Virtual Book Tour of My Son, John by Kathi Macias here.

I received a copy of My Son, John by Kathi Macias from Pump Up Your Book Promotion as part of the tour. Receiving a copy in no way reflected my review of aforementioned novel.



Cheryl said...

I loved this book. It's one of Kathi's finest. Thanks for hosting her today.


Kathi Macias said...

Thank you so much for the great review of my book. Many blessings to you and your readers!

Jennifer-Eighty MPH Mom said...

Oh this sounds like a book that is a must read, and one that will be hard to put down! Thanks for the review!

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Priscila said...

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JamericanSpice said...

This sounds like a good read.

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Ali said...

What a great review--sounds like a terrific read!