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Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
A Man Called Smith by Tanya E. Williams is the story of John Smith, a WWII veteran who leads a lonely life after the death of his wife. He and Violet were married for just three years and he felt he never had enough time with her. Their two kids, Calla and Jared, deserved a mother and two years later he decided to get married to Bernice, the woman he was seeing. Three months later John found it difficult to adjust to the new life and he kept comparing Violet and Bernice in his head. Caught up between the memories of war and his grief, John Smith was ignorant of the angst and pain his children were going through as he quashed his grief along with theirs to make Bernice happy. When Calla grew up, her dreams of going to university were shattered when Bernice used her college funds for her selfish purposes.
A Man Called Smith by Tanya E. Williams is a story of turmoil, pain, deception, and unhappiness. The author masterfully knits in the angst and pain of John and his daughter along with the insecurities of his second wife, Bernice, making the emotions palpable to readers. Violet's character has been portrayed so well that her presence lingers throughout the story. The story is engaging and will keep readers glued to it to learn how Calla will survive her step-mother's toxic behavior and what John will do to keep his family happy. It is heartwarming and heartrending at the same time to see John Smith, Jared, and Calla grieving together over all they have lost and all that will never come to be, trying to move ahead in their respective lives and achieve peace despite the negatively fabricated world around them.