by David Rawding
My rating: 5 stars
Publisher: Red Adept Publishing, LLC (June 26, 2018)
Publication Date: June 26, 2018 *Released June 12, 2018 B&N*
Print Length: 316 pages
Twenty-one-year-old Chris Olson has hit rock-bottom. His addiction to painkillers has left him homeless and ruined. Hoping to give him a clean start, his sister, Aida, convinces him to move to Anchorage to live with her.
But trouble seems to follow Chris, and he brings it right to Aida’s doorstep. Faced with having to kick her brother out of the house, Aida enlists the help of her friend, Doctor Max Fitwell. Max, haunted by a recent personal tragedy, wants nothing more than to be left alone in his misery. But he reluctantly agrees to allow Chris to stay with him and to help build a cabin.
Chris and Max, two men who are each struggling to find their own reasons to live, navigate the wilderness of Alaska, where they’ll either become better men or die trying.
Redemption Grove by David Rawding
Just when his life had spiraled completely out of control and landed in the cesspool of rock bottom, twenty-one-year-old Chris Olson was thrown a lifeline he couldn’t refuse. Ever the optimist, always looking out for her younger brother, Aida provides the money and means for Chris to leave his drugged out world behind in Alaska. There was one caveat, one painkillers, no slip-ups, and he would have to go cold turkey.
Dr. Max Fitwell has just faced the most horrendous lost he could ever imagine. When the skilled surgeon can no longer trust himself with a scalpel, he runs to the place he and his late wife once thought of as a slice of heaven, determined to become a hermit and punish himself for living.
The broken addict and the broken widower will be forced to endure each other when Chris breaks his promise to Aida and Aida implores Max to take Chris on, knowing the potential for healing for them both. Together they will build a cabin in the wilderness of Alaska as they rebuild themselves from the ashes of their lives.
REDEMPTION GROVE by David Rawding is a raw tale of survival when all is lost, finding meaning in a life that seems meaningless and the inner courage to dare to become a better human.
You may find Chris to be completely weak and self-absorbed, because only the weak become addicts, right? Not true, he was a young man who didn’t know how to deal with the cards life dealt. He is the poster child for the label addict. Max has fallen so far into despair and depression after the loss of his wife, he implodes on himself.
David Rawding has taken two dark “afflictions” without being overly maudlin and weaves a tale of hope and new beginnings where a dead end sign once stood. Not only an entertaining read, but one filled with the realities of human frailties. Part suspense, part family dynamics and even a touch of romance as we witness two men struggle to become whole.
I received a complimentary ARC edition from Red Adept.