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Reviewed by Deborah Lloyd for Readers' Favorite
Everett Lentry was a devoted father to his two young daughters, Melinda and Katrina. His loving feelings towards his wife, Haley, had diminished over the years of their marriage. There were times when he wanted to leave his life, but he knew he would never abandon his little girls. Everett had many wonderful childhood memories, especially those at the lake with his family and grandparents. He also had a soul mate, his true love, Scarlett. Although he was the one who ended the relationship, he continued to think of her often. Part of Everett’s job with Alford & Bailey Associates in Washington, DC was to find new talent, requiring him to travel throughout the country. Associates from other offices would join him in the interviewing process. On a trip to Denver, he met an intriguing woman named Nicole, and his life changed forever. In Chasing Diamonds, written by David T. Straw, a captivating story unfolds.
The main character, Everett, is compelling in many ways. As an adolescent, he was contemplative and wrote down his thoughts. Now, as a thirty-six-year-old man, he still reflected on the choices he made and their consequences. His journal writings reflect the joys and struggles of his life. The character of Nicole is also interesting. Although she challenges Everett in numerous ways, she is dealing with her own demons. Author David T. Straw has written a thought-provoking novel in Chasing Diamonds. The reader is engaged from the first page to the last. There are many unexpected moments, with an unpredictable ending.