A mysterious phone call compels Luke Millward to look for his estranged father in post-Katrina New Orleans. This riveting story of hope and healing, of finding love and, above all, faith is for every family who's had its share of tough times; for anyone who regrets things never said; for everyone who needs to know that life has a second verse.
|Audiobook Narrator||Jason F. Wright|
You either will like it or hate it I liked It amazing book.
I got this book a while back as one of Deseret's Platinum Rewards promos. When I finally got around to reading it I wondered why I took so long to start. It grabbed my heart as Luke searched for Charles. If you get a chance to read this then you definitely should.
"Every life has a second verse" and Luke Millward's dad wanted him to see his as well as write a new one.
Hurricane Katrina brings changes to Luke's life he can't imagine. The images from the devastating hurricane alone make an impact on Luke. But to hear that his father is missing brings emotions he is not sure he can or wants to face. He loves his father because he is his father. But he doesn't respect him because he turns to alcohol and gambling to ease pain/guilt from his wife's death.
Luke goes to New Orleans to find his father and instead, is introduced to another verse of his father's life and the people who knew him.
Mr. Wright's writing brought the images of a tired but brave New Orleans to my mind. I was involved with the characters to the point of not being able to skip ahead to see if Luke's father was dead or alive. Each interaction with the characters brought life to the story.
I felt more compassion for the plight of New Orleans and its people after reading this story. But it wasn't shoved down my throat via political rhetoric.
I passed this book along to my SIL who I think will also enjoy it. I told her to pass it around.
I was born and raised in the New Orleans. The research was on target for the street names, neighborhoods, and other details. I wept through the book, for my home city and friends and family, so it was more of a personal experience for me. But if you want to read a book about forgiveness and change of heart, you need look no further.
“Every life has a second verse” is the theme reiterated throughout Jason Wright’s latest novel, Recovering Charles.
When Luke Millward, a Pulitzer winning photographer, receives a phone call from New Orleans, his routine life is turned upside down. On the heels of Hurricane Katrina, Luke is told that his father has gone missing.
Estranged from his father for many years, Luke decides to make the journey and join in the search. But the search for his father turns out to be a discovery of the soul—both past the present for Luke.
Throughout the story, we learn about Luke’s mother who became addicted to prescription pain medication and his father who faithfully stayed by her side until her tragic death. We also catch a glimpse of Luke’s father and his descent into depression and alcoholism following his wife’s death. Luke moves on with his life after graduation, but he never forgets his upbringing.
This novel was a wonderful, compelling read. The writing style is fresh and even poetic in some places. The characters are vibrant and engaging—I was caught up in the plight of the main character as he was swept into the devastation of Hurricane Katrina and started to put together bits of his past together as he tried to find his father. Readers will be reminded of the devastation that occurred in Louisiana and will see it firsthand again through Luke’s eyes.
Recovering Charles is a great story that is universal in appeal—for anyone who believes in a second verse.
We got this a couple of weeks ago and have enjoyed it quite a bit. I hadn't heard all of reviews and just thought it looked like it might be a good one.
After all the glowing reports I was a little disappointed. It was not a bad book. Just not as good as all the hype.
Although I like Wednesday Letters a bit better, I thought this book was well written.
I love this author-any book he writes I'll read. I just started reading Recovering Charles today and so far love it!
I read this book as part of our ward book club. It was so awe inspiring to me. I had many tears while reading this great book. Really touched my heart.
It was interesting watching the change in Charles unfold. It seems like the book could have gone even deeper into his character but then it wouldn't be as much of a quick easy read I imagine. The few type errors were a tiny bit distracting (pp. 40, 99, & 252).
This book really made me not only think about how often you get a second chance in life, but how devastating Hurricane Katrina really was to the people of New Orleans. I visited New Orleans about a month before Hurricane Katrina. I am glad I got to see the Cresent City before the devestation! I really had to stop and think about what I have taken for granted every day as I read this book!
My TOFW book club chose this as one of our selections for October. I've read The Wednesday Letters, and The Christmas Jars, as wellas The James Miracle by this author -- just wondering why tThe James Miracle isn't listed anywhere -- is it out of print? Keep them coming, Jason!
I absolutely loved this book! Recovering Charles is better then Jason Wright’s first two books. I became so consumed with the character and what was going to happen, I could not put the book down till I finished it!
I LOVED this story. It drives home the power of second chances and the fact that even the most dysfunctional of families can make a turn for the good. Grab a Kleenex for the ending. Won't give it away but you really must read this book. You'll love it! I also saw Jason on the Glenn Beck Show and Glenn said he loved it. Pretty cool!
A great book.