Vacation by JC Miller
Publication Date: August 29, 2014
Format: Paperback - 254 pages
Kindle - 4588 KB
Genre: Literary Fiction
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Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review and participation in a virtual book tour event hosted by Chick Lit Plus Blog Tours.
My Book Review:
Vacation is a wonderful story that follows a grief-stricken man's journey of self-discovery while on a English countryside walking tour.
Dr. William Koval lost his wife Kathleen three years ago when she walked into a robbery in progress at a local Seattle 7-11 store. Three years later, Dr. Koval still hasn't adjusted to life without his wife, he has tried to forget the painful past by withdrawing from the world, seeking solace through delving into his work as the head of the pathology department doing clinical research and biomedical analysis at Seattle's Northwest Hospital. When the hospital HR department informs him that he has to use his accrued vacation time or lose it, he begrudgingly agrees to take a two-week vacation that is his first vacation in ten years. He considers a staycation to complete a number of household projects, but decides to embark on an English walking tour vacation that Kathleen had planned for them before her murder. William's vacation in the English countryside will be a journey of self-discovery that will force him to confront the painful past, and open his eyes to the present world around him, so that he can move forward with his life.
Author JC Miller weaves an enjoyable story of love, loss, acceptance, forgiveness, hope, friendship, and redemption. You can't help but get drawn into Dr. Koval's journey as he learns to transition from living in the painful past, and overcome the obstacles that have prevented him from moving forward. Dr. Koval's story unfolds with emotional flashbacks to his marriage to Kathleen, interwoven with intriguing, challenging, and enlightening circumstances and events that occur while he is on the English countryside walking tour. I really enjoyed following Dr. Koval and the quirky travelers that made up the walking tour group, their adventures in the English countryside was exciting, and had a touch of drama and humor in the mix. The author's rich descriptions of the various locales of the lush green English countryside landscape easily transports the reader into the story, so that it makes you feel like you are joining in the walking tour group's adventures. As Dr. Koval's vacation ends, you can't help but smile at the outcome that comes from his journey.
Vacation is an inspirational story of one man's vacation in the English countryside, that unexpectedly turns into a journey of self-discovery that will change the way he lives his life.
RATING: 4 STARS
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