The Long Goodbye by James Robinson Jr
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?
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?
I enjoyed The Long Goodbye! This was my first time reading a book by James Robinson, I’ll have to catch up with book one but I truly enjoyed this one. Loved that everything was so down to earth, realistic and believable, which made it even more fun to read. This was a real life situation that unfolded with some great writing, I enjoyed wondering how it would end up.
We follow Samuel and Tabitha the happy couple and some real life drama unfolding before them. When temptation comes along for Samuel to a woman half his age, things start to get a bit rocky. His sights are on the maid of honor who isn’t in the least hiding her interest right back, the wife? She notices what’s going on and tries to gain Samuel’s attention back on her but that seems to have the wrong outcome she’d hoped for. It stirs up a lot of questions, on what the furture will hold.
What happens when being married for so long has lost it’s spark and fire? Throw it all away for a little fun or joy ride? Or try to rekindle what has been there all along? Will the family tear apart as trouble stirs, or will they be able to come together with full support? It’s a crazy roller coaster of a wedding to say the least and the truth will come out in the end.
You’ll laugh, you may cry, but you will enjoy following the journey of Samuel and Tabitha and this crazy family wedding, leaving you hoping that Love really is timeless.
He was late getting into the writing game. He has written and published most of the books since 2012. His first book being, Fighting the Effects of Gravity, which was a long-term project that he started long before the digital revolution. Followed by, Death of a Shrinking Violet, which consists of 13 essays including the memorable entry, “Damn You Sam’s Club!” His first foray into the world of fiction, a novella, The Book of Samuel.
He has been awarded two Five-Star Readers’ Favorite Reviews and become an Indie Excellence and Readers’ Favorite Award finalist.
I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own