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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.