Brookwood Road

Memories of a Home

Non-Fiction - Memoir
322 Pages
Reviewed on 04/05/2015
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Author Biography

Scott Douglas Vaughan is president of Scott Vaughan Communications, a company that serves the strategic communication needs of churches and faith organizations throughout North America. He majored in journalism and minored in sociology at the University of Georgia, going on to become a writer, editor, and newspaper publisher. Vaughan is a former member and award winner in both the Georgia and South Carolina press associations. He and his wife, Vicki, whom he married in 1986, have four sons: Andrew, William, Richard, and Matthew. Brookwood Road is inspired by Vaughan’s childhood experiences while growing up on a family hog farm in Georgia.

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Reviewed by Sandy Appleyard for Readers' Favorite

Brookwood Road: Memories of a Home by Scott Douglas Vaughan is a wonderful story about three brothers growing up on a farm in a small town just outside of Atlanta in the early nineteen twenties. Scott Douglas Vaughan does an incredible job telling his anecdotal tale, sharing each moment as if taken from a snapshot. The reader feels like they are there, watching the boys get into trouble, suffer pain, triumph in wins, think through life’s challenges, and revel in the love and caring that surrounds them daily.

The book has a lot of heart, and is told very innocently and delicately, and from the perspective of the boys. Each experience is shared in its own small snippet, so the reader is not overwhelmed and can choose to keep reading or take a break. For the most part, the reader will not be able to put the book down. Brookwood Road opens up to its audience about many coming-of-age troubles, such as losing a pet, the wonder of how life is created, the loss of a grandparent, the birth of a sibling, family events like Christmas, religion, social isolation, and fun things like building a tree house, riding a bike with a box on your head; the list goes on and on.

This is a fun and heart warming story that can be enjoyed by both young and old. It takes the reader back to a time when things were much simpler, when people enjoyed people for who they were and respected one another, respected the Lord, feared their parents, and ultimately cared about the human race and the planet. Many would consider this type of lifestyle lost, but Brookwood Road reminds us that all we need is each other, love, and God to get through life. This is a priceless, classic story that will touch readers in a way that many stories cannot.

Jessyca Garcia

Brookwood Road: Memories of a Home by Scott Douglas Vaughan is a collection of thirty-nine short stories inspired by Vaughan’s memories of growing up. Each story takes place on or around Brookwood Home, which is located in Georgia. As Vaughan states in the beginning of the book: “Some stories are true. Some of these stories are based on truth. Some of these stories should have been true.” Each story is told through Frank’s eyes, and is unique and obviously told with a love and fondness for the area and the people in it.

I chose Brookwood Road because I love to read about memoirs that occur in the South. Vaughan does not disappoint. Some of his stories are humorous and tell of easier times. Other stories just make you wish that you could have lived in those times and experienced the same things that Frank did. The very first story in Brookwood Road was hilarious. R.C. Wilcox, the grandfather, forced the hired help to sing upon his newborn grandson’s, named Frank, arrival home. My personal favorite story was “Tallywackers” which also happens to be my new favorite word. The story was hilarious and occurred when it was still innocent to go skinny-dipping. “The Pink Store” had a good message in it that I wish more people would listen to. I also loved Papa Paul’s advice: “Anytime you are stumped for an answer or find yourself worried about something, I recommend a Hershey chocolate bar.”

I am glad the promise was kept to Vaughan’s father and this book was named Memories of a Home. I recommend this book to anyone who likes memoirs or stories from the South. Reading these stories made me long for my own small town that used to be, and the days when a Coca-Cola only cost ten cents.

Gisela Dixon

Brookwood Road: Memories of a Home by Scott Douglas Vaughan is a memoir of a man living and growing up with his family in the heart of the Deep South, in North Georgia in the 1960s. Scott has drawn from his own memories of growing up on a hog farm with his brothers and the sense of camaraderie that they enjoyed not only with each other in the family, but also with the community. Most of the characters and depictions in this book are based on real life people and memories. The story starts with Frank, the eldest brother in the household, making a promise to his dad that some day he will write about their stories of living on this farm on Brookwood Road which they are about to leave forever. It is an emotional moment and sets the stage for the rest of the book as we delve into memories and collections of stories revolving around mischievous pranks by the boys, family life, faith, community, working on a pig farm, love, and laughter.

Brookwood Road: Memories of a Home by Scott Douglas Vaughan is a surprisingly engaging tale told in a very direct, down-to-earth way. I felt like I was “there” as I read about the antics of the kids, and the fun and laughter that accompanied it. I found Brookwood Road very easy to relate to as I saw that, along with the fun and laughter, the family also deals with real problems like everyone else, including bickering and alcoholism. In fact, that is exactly what makes the story so simple and powerful at the same time. In the end, it makes us realize and recognize what the truly important things in life are and that they are not related to money, but centered around people and community instead.