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Leaving Montana (2014)

by Thomas Whaley(Favorite Author)
4.55 of 5 Votes: 3
0991180771 (ISBN13: 9780991180776)
Sakura Publishing
review 1: Leaving Montana is a compelling look inside the life of a dysfunctional family and a son's quest to find peace.Ben has worked hard to overcome the years of damage he has endured due to the toxic marriage of his parents, Sean and Carmella Quinn. His father is violent, his mother manipulative and both use their son as leverage for personal gain. Ben has finally had enough and refuses to play their games any longer. As a result he suppresses the past instead of dealing with it. When his father reveals a secret he has carried for more than forty years, all the pain, devastation, and hatred resurfaces. Now, Ben must travel across the country to the place where everything began so many years ago. Will he find the peace he has been searching for?This is an excellent read. I was i... morenstantly drawn into the intriguing and broken lives of the Quinn family. Ben is a fantastic character. His transformation as a son, father, brother, and human being touched me. I instantly fell in love with Ben, the little boy, and wanted to rescue him from his pain. As an adult he masks his pain through a seemingly self assured and somewhat cocky attitude. However, once the protective layer was removed to reveal the deep hurt he has experienced my heart ached for him. Learning to accept others as they are and holding them responsible for their choices instead of blaming himself ultimately saves him and his wounds begin to heal. I loved this story! It reminded me that we all face difficult trials in life, but we don't have let them define us. Ben's lesson is one that is valid in real life. Once we realize we can't carry the burden of others we can be set free. The story is well organized and flows easily. The author switches between past and present, but the transition is seamless and I never felt lost or confused. In fact, I was captivated from the first page and had a hard time putting the book down, always telling myself "just one more chapter." I am definitely a fan of his writing style and can't wait to read more of his work.I highly recommend picking up a copy of Leaving Montana. It's well worth reading.
review 2: This is an exceptional book! The author drew me in and kept me engaged as he wove this story that spans two generations. The voice of the person telling the story is that of Benjamin Sean Quinn and what a story he has to tell. He is on his way to Montana to come to terms with some of his life issues but only as I continued to read did I realize what his issues were and how living in his dysfunctional family managed to create them. The characters in the book, mostly family members, are well developed and created in such a way that I felt I knew who they were and what circumstances had made them the way they were. I empathized and felt more in this book than I have in a long while. I take my hat off to Thomas Whaley and hope that his next book will be equally relevant, strong and insightful. less
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Fantastic book, by Thomas Whaley, I couldn't put it down. Highly recommend this book!
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