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Reviewed by Romuald Dzemo for Readers' Favorite
Eddie’s Boy: A Novel by Robert Schwab is a great story of an accident turned into a blessing, a story of survival, love, family, and human connection. Until his fortieth birthday, Dr. Landon Ratliff had lived a very busy life, devoting his time and energy to work. While elaborate preparations have been made for his fortieth birthday, it will be an unforgettable day, not only for him but also for his family and staff as he gets involved in an accident that changes his life irrevocably. No one will enjoy the wonderful things prepared for his birthday as he is unconscious on a gurney in the emergency department at the Medical University of South Carolina with a breathing tube inserted into his windpipe. What happens to his life and his family, his work, and human connections become the subject of this novel, an inspiring book that will arouse any reader’s emotions, bring tears to their eyes, and consistently warm their hearts in unexpected ways.
The first thing that caught my attention and pulled me in is the author’s gorgeous writing and the ability to paint strong and vivid images. The description of the accident and its aftermath is detailed and it focuses the reader’s gaze on the protagonist, a man who has once been very successful, professional, and organized. He is a real character, genuine and humanly flawed, and readers will easily connect to him, especially after the accident as he begins to depend on others and as his life takes a different direction. It is interesting to observe as he begins to enjoy the time spent with his family and to find meaning in things that have been, before the accident, trivial in his eyes. The novel has passages that are insightful and that will have readers thinking about their priorities and what matters to them. Robert Schwab has written a compelling novel with a strong message, a story with unforgettable characters, enjoyable prose, and intelligent plot points. I found Eddie’s Boy: A Novel to be a purpose-driven narrative with many lessons on life, family, and being human. And a broken and healing protagonist just takes its captivating character a notch higher.