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Reviewed by Kathryn Bennett for Readers' Favorite
A Faithful Son by Michael Scott Garvin is the coming of age story of a young man who is trying to find his place in the world. Zach Nance is struggling to decide where he belongs in the world while it changes ever faster. Durango, Colorado is where we find Zach and a group of characters that all have their own color to offer the story. When Zach's previously close family falls apart, he finds himself needing to protect his mother and his sister from the choices his father made. Can he keep his vow of protection without losing himself?
Michael Scott Garvin has created a cast of characters that you feel you could drive out and see at any moment. This book reaches out and grabs you by the collar and hauls you into the story, not allowing you to leave until it is done. There is a little something for everyone in this book, from spinsters to drag queens, and you can't help but enjoy each little tidbit you learn about the lives of these people. The story flows perfectly and is like a fine piece of craftsmanship. I could feel what Zach was going through as I read each word, a young man who really did have to redefine his entire life.
It is moments like a family falling apart in which any of us would find ourselves tested, and how it would test loyalties and our mettle in general. I won't give away how Zach's journey ends, but he truly does go on a journey, and this book makes you feel like you are walking right along with him as he travels. I would highly recommend this book to anyone who loves a well crafted story that comes to life and leaps off the page and into your heart.