Heading Out To Wonderful by Robert Goolrick
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This book began WONDERFULLY, just like the title, but with an ending quite shocking and sad.
Charlie comes to the small town of Brownsburg Virginia in the summer of 1948. He finds work at a butcher shop, becomes friends with the owner, his wife and their 5 year old son, Sam. He soon becomes a favorite of all the folks in town.
Unfortunately, he falls for a beautiful young married girl and they begin an affair.
Full of beautiful phrasing and descriptive pieces that find their mark. Mr Goolrick is a gifted storyteller and pulled me in page after page.
His slant on the religious beliefs in the town left me shaking my head. Supposed to be Christians, the ministers lead their flock to believe that anyone befriending someone like Charlie, who is in a sinful relationship, would be doomed to hell, as he said Charlie would be. This is not a Biblical Christian viewpoint and rather put me off the story.
This story does shine in that it deals honestly with human emotion and frailty and roads that can take us to tragedy.
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