The Revelations of August Barton

Fiction - Drama
155 Pages
Reviewed on 08/04/2020
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Reviewed by Lex Allen for Readers' Favorite

In the second book of the August Barton series by Jennifer LeBlanc, Augie has been with the love of his life for over a year, but he hasn’t yet taken the knee in a marriage proposal. He’s all set to make a memorable scene in that regard when all hell breaks loose in the forms of tornadoes, drunken bachelorette parties, and an earth-shaking confession from his estranged stepdad. He has to handle this on his own as his Grandma Gertie and his mom are off on a vacation to the Cayman Islands.

I have not read book one in the August Barton series, so I was grateful and surprised at the excellent detail the preparatory prologue provided. Surprised because the prologue is so well written, only the note May: A Year and A Half Later alerted me to the presence of a previous book, and I was instantly immersed in the current and new segment of the story series. With few words and impressive authoring talent, Jennifer LeBlanc introduces the main characters with such precision as to evoke instant empathy with each character. Every event came alive... even the most unlikely. A perfect example is the characterization of Grandma Gertie. She is likely the most unbelievable character I’ve ever read about, but LeBlanc’s skill brings her to life in a way that is not only realistic but makes her absolutely adorable and true to life. She rivals Augie and Rose as the star in this series.

There is no real antagonist, excluding events that threaten to ruin Augie’s life and, by extension, the lives of those around him. And that’s fine... as it allows full concentration on the story and the wonderful mix of characters. The August Barton series is a winner, and I’m looking to see Jennifer LeBlanc leave the indie authoring world for a traditional contract and eventual presence on the international best-seller lists.

Jack Magnus

The Revelations of August Barton is a coming of age novella for new adults written by Jennifer LeBlanc. Augie was taking advantage of the temporary absence of his overbearing mom, Diane, and Gertie, her crazy, yet utterly delightful mother, to pop the question. He and Rose had been together for a year and a half now, and he knew there was no one else in the world for him. His best friend, Isaac, was there to help him pick out the ring while still marveling at the step Augie was taking. The two of them browsed through the high-priced items on display at the jewelers, as Augie considered the rings on Rose’s Pinterest board. Then he saw it -- the old-fashioned, distinctive setting and the hexagonal-cut diamond were perfect. The decision made, he was ready for the moment. But things never turn out the way one expects.

Jennifer LeBlanc’s new adult coming of age novella, The Revelations of August Barton, is a fast-paced and witty comedy of errors. I had previously met Augie and his family in the first of the August Barton novellas and was thrilled to see that Gertie is still the brash, amazing and unapologetic senior who will have people rethinking what goes on in senior living centers. LeBlanc’s interleaved settings of the Caribbean and Fargo work perfectly to keep the reader engaged and involved in both plots. Her characters are finely crafted and true-to-life and her writing style is ideally suited to a delicious romp of this nature. The Revelations of August Barton is most highly recommended.

K.C. Finn

The Revelations of August Barton is a work of fiction in the contemporary drama, slice of life and humor sub-genres, and was penned by author Jennifer LeBlanc. Continuing the wild ride of life where The Tribulations of August Barton left off, we find Augie in a new set of dramas sure to raise eyebrows and redden faces. With a marriage proposal on the horizon, everything that could hit him and change the way his life works does, from natural disasters to terrifying truths closer to home. The work does contain the use of explicit language, narcotics references, and some scenes of a sexual nature.

Author Jennifer LeBlanc brings August Barton back to life for another adventure in this humorous but heartfelt examination of a young man trying to stand on his own two feet despite the chaos all around him. I loved the expansion of the characters here and Augie’s introduction to the wider adult world, and as always the prose was smoothly penned to give an authentic narrative voice to the character. I really enjoyed Rose Varley in this tale too, developed and emotionally realized with pathos and wit. Indeed, all the character work of this novel was accomplished and well-drawn to populate Augie’s world with realistic and enjoyable people. What results is a fantastic and entertaining journey into the heart and mind of an awkward yet loveable soul. Overall, I would certainly recommend The Revelations of August Barton for contemporary drama fans and those who enjoyed the original book.