All Our Yesterdays

A Tale of Cunning & Grit

Fiction - Thriller - Psychological
277 Pages
Reviewed on 02/09/2024
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Author Biography

Forest “Jack” Bowman is a retired law professor and a passionate student of American history. In his retirement from teaching, he has pursued his deep interest in rural life, history, and its accompanying mysteries.
In 2023 he was recently honored by the National Association of the DAR for, while President of the West Virginia University Student Body in 1959-60, organizing the successful effort to bring the mast of the battleship USS West Virginia to the university campus. The West Virginia was the only vessel sunk at Pearl Harbor and, after repairs, present in Tokyo Bay for the Japanese surrender.
In his retirement Bowman has written three novels, The Secret of the 48th Foot, about the search for the chest of gold and silver coins that disappeared following General Edward Braddock’s defeat in 1755; All Our Yesterdays, the story of a much-wronged orphan boy’s revenge on his tormentors; and The Richmond Exchange, a fictional account of an attempt to kidnap Abraham Lincoln before his 2nd inauguration in 1865.
Having spent his youth fascinated by what the folks he grew up around in rural West Virginia did when faced with great peril, his characters are ordinary folks who face often life-threatening situations head-on with cunning, grit and uncommon good sense.
Still living in the West Virginia he loves, Jack Bowman has been married for 62 years to the love of his life, Myla. They are the parents of two sons and have three grandchildren.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Laura R. Brush for Readers' Favorite

In Forest Bowman’s All Our Yesterdays, in the year 1896, young Adam Richter, just fourteen years of age, found himself in a bleak existence on a barren farm. There, the tender orphan suffered under the cruel hands of two brothers, whose hearts knew nothing of mercy. The boy broke free from the chains of his suffering and he returned to the town of his birth. With hope as his guiding light, Adam embraced an apprenticeship at a local furniture mill, and he dedicated himself to the art of furniture making. His humble beginnings blossomed into ownership of the very mill that had been his sanctuary. In time, he stood as a pillar of the community, a testament to the indomitable will of the human spirit.

Forest Bowman’s All Our Yesterdays: A Tale of Cunning & Grit explains how the journey of life is not merely about outshining those who wrong us since sometimes the scales of justice tilt in favor of a more dramatic balance. The author describes in elegant and haunting prose the specters of the past and their influences on the future. His descriptive examples of the main character explain in emotional detail the endurance of relentless torment by two brothers whose shadows are ever-present in his new world. Bowman does an outstanding job of illuminating the misdeeds cloaked by the might of a father's influence. The story converges in an unforgivable wrath-provoking episode. The convincing narrative leaves the reader in utter disbelief at the unimaginable horrors unfolding. All Our Yesterdays is a must-read for anyone looking for an example of justice like no other.