Recovering Charles

Tuesday, November 04, 2008

Reviewed by Dayna Davis, Staff Writer

Recovering Charles by Jason F. Wright. Published by Shadow Mountain Publishing.

Luke Millward has his life exactly the way he wants it. He has a beautiful, successful girlfriend, his career is right on track, and he thinks he's happy. The only problem is his alcoholic father. But then a stranger calls and tells him his father is missing. He is wanted to come to New Orleans - just days after Hurricane Katrina - and find him.

This book was a little slow for me to begin with. It took a couple of tries to get into it. But after the second or third chapter, it really began to pick up and then I was fascinated. I, too, watched all the coverage about Hurricane Katrina when it happened. But it wasn't until I read this book that I realized how little I really knew about it, how bad it was, how little I did to help, and truly how people must have suffered. I thought this was a good book for education, not only on Hurricane Katrina but on relationships, forgiveness and realizing what is really important.