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Reviewed by Divine Zape for Readers' Favorite
Changes: Buckland Gap 2 by Charles Stanley Wiltshire is an inspiring story that follows Steven Harding, a man who finally returns home from prison, reformed and looking forward to a new start in life, but who meets a society that hasn’t outgrown its moral standards from the time he left it. While in prison, he has worked on becoming a better man, earning his A Levels and getting admission into university. He has virtually left the old thuggish way of life behind, severing ties with crime, drugs, booze, and violence. Unlike his brother who commits suicide while in prison, Steven is determined to make his life meaningful. But what awaits him when he returns is worse than he could imagine — rejection, scorn, and the temptations of the path he’d left behind. Does he have enough fight to stay on his resolved new course?
Charles Stanley Wiltshire has given readers a story that is as entertaining as it is inspiring, a story that has a very strong message — we have the power to shape our life the way we want. Steven Harding is one of those characters that remind readers of their personal struggles and the joy of triumph. Readers will enjoy seeing how he discovers his potential, understands his personality — especially the gay side of him — and how he grows from a victim to someone who takes control of his destiny. The plot is well developed and I enjoyed how the internal conflict plays out within the protagonist. The setting is in Portsmouth, England, and the author does an awesome job in painting the way of life of people living with hardships, a world of crime, with images that are strong and vivid. Changes: Buckland Gap 2 is compelling, brilliantly crafted and an exciting read.