Clay Hats

Christian - Fiction
132 Pages
Reviewed on 03/10/2020
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Author Biography

Wilfredo Gonzalez is the author of the gripping novella Clay Hats. Set in a neighborhood in the city of Rochester, New York, Clay Hats is a powerful story of tragedy and transformation, touching the deepest part of the soul. Wilfredo Gonzalez was born and raised in the city of Rochester, New York.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Rebecca S Winner for Readers' Favorite

Clay Hats by Wilfredo Gonzalez takes place in Rochester, New York, over about a three-year period. Clay was a man who loved his neighborhood, just as his grandfather did before him. Clay showed this love by mowing yards, shoveling snow, and praying for every member of the family while he did the jobs. Clay was known for wearing an old, beat-up, light blue hat. Then Clay was murdered, and the neighborhood came together to help the widow and her family and to create a memorial to Clay. Every year they continued to hold a celebration. Many of these people had been neighbors but had not known each other before Clay's death. The person who had killed Clay was connected to the neighborhood. The family of the murderer and Clay's family joined together to further Clay's legacy.

My favorite part of Clay Hats by Wilfredo Gonzalez was watching people change as they were able to become better people and learn to forgive. I appreciated how people who had not known how to trust God learned this lesson as they mingled with their new friends. I loved that Brian, one of the men who was touched and changed, reunited with his brother because of this experience. It was exciting when Brian and the son of the murderer were rescued by God from certain death. I liked the mystery running through the book. I feel that though this is a Christian-themed book, other readers would enjoy it.

Jason B.

Here is a review posted by Jason B. on Amazon:

"I enjoyed this book very much. It drops you right in and starts moving, and propels you all the way through. The writing is very straightforward, and I really came to appreciate the author's style. It held my interest all the way through, and rewarded me with a great ending.

The characters are well written, diverse, and work well off each other. The setting is realistic. Anyone could relate to this story and find themselves inspired.

The story is clean, and the author does a great job of showing the love of God. It's a short read, but it's well worth your time!"

Carol Pennington

There is a quote by Margaret Mead that reads “Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed citizens can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has.” That quote encompasses the heart of this book. Brian and Karen live in what is considered a “rough” neighborhood. Brian is injured on his job and a neighbor he has never met before shows up at just the right time to mow his yard in the summer and shovel his snow in the winter. Brian learns that not everything can be taken at face value and that small acts can make a big difference.

This is a clean book with a heartwarming and much needed message. It’s about neighbors who learn to care about each other and work together to make a difference. The are no curse words or sex scenes in the book. There is some violence, but is is not overly graphic. I think this book should become required reading for high school and college! Highly recommend.