The Gray Son

The Year of Our Lord 1757

Fiction - Drama
316 Pages
Reviewed on 07/10/2021
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Reviewed by Peggy Jo Wipf for Readers' Favorite

The Gray Son by Jeffrey Mark takes place in 1757 when times were uncertain and dangers were posed by man and beast. Jacob Grayson moved his family to the Carolinas to avoid the French and Indian War. Starting over without his wife offers many challenges to Jacob as his children get older. Benjamin, the oldest son, loves everything about the farm, but Akin is a hunter. When Akin decides to take several months to go hunting, many challenges present themselves. He is shot at by kidnappers, stays in an Indian village, and is obsessed with hunting a legendary bear. Meanwhile, his father faces his own spiritual and domestic trials. One of the younger sons, William, steps up and shows his community that being a man isn't about age but is the act of taking on responsibilities.

I found The Gray Son unfolded slowly as Jeffrey Mark set the stage for events in the Grayson family. The story focuses on three men of the Grayson family. Their hardships, triumphs, and growth over affairs outside their control make this an impressive read. As I became more involved in the affairs of this family, I read intently as the author twisted events for a powerful read. I loved the relationships that Jacob cultivated while he led his family as an example of how a father should lead. Akin has a strong character, with the freedom to accomplish great tasks for the people around him. William is young and quiet but surprises those around him with his commitment. The author endears his characters to the reader. I cried and laughed as the story unfolded. I can easily see more adventures coming from the Grayson family, but anything from this author will be well received.