wp-1576960944629.jpgWelcome to my stop on the A Man Called Smith blog tour sponsored by Suzy Approved Book Tours! Thank you to Suzy for the invitation!

About the Book:

A battle-scarred father. A disillusioned daughter. Can a grieving widower rebuild his splintered family to find peace at last?

South Dakota, 1949. WWII veteran John Smith longs for the life he lost after the tragic death of his wife during childbirth. But in the desperation to provide for his two small children, he is manipulated into an unsuitable marriage by a young woman with a dark neurosis. Tormented by his own grief and the ravages of war, John is blind to his children’s turmoil and pain.

Washington State, 1964. John’s sixteen-year-old daughter Calla dreams of a life beyond her vindictive stepmother. Forced to care for her younger siblings with a list of household demands larger than she is tall, Calla knows it’s only a matter of time until she can escape the abuse and begin anew at college. But her dreams crumble when her heartless stepmother claims the college fund for her own selfish purposes.

As John fears he is too late to stop the war within his home, Calla vows to build a new life worth living.

Can John survive the consequences of war on the home front? Can Calla find the strength to rediscover the meaning of family?

A Man Called Smith is the heartwarming and heart wrenching conclusion to a gripping historical fiction series following the life of John Smith. If you like courageous characters and narratives told over multiple generations, then you’ll love Tanya E. Williams’ emotional tale.

My Thoughts:

John Smith is a World War II veteran living in South Dakota in 1949. His wife dies during childbirth, and he is left with two children to care for on his own.

John finds himself married to a woman with her own set of dark issues. John is so troubled with his own baggage, he doesn’t see the pain of his children. 

Almost fifteen years later, Calla, John’s daughter, is now sixteen and is forced to care for her siblings by her mean and uncaring stepmother. Calla dreams of college and a new start, but her stepmother spends her college fund.

Can John keep his family from falling apart at the seams?

A Man Called Smith is the final chapter in a series I’ve not previously read. This book most definitely stood on its own, but I would also like to know even more about John and his backstory. He is a sympathetic and complex character, and I really grew to care for him. I also cared for Calla and hoped the best for her.

Overall, A Man Called Smith is an emotional, well-told, powerful historical family saga.

I received a complimentary copy.

About the Author:

A writer from a young age, Tanya E Williams loves to help a reader get lost in another time, another place through the magic of books. History continues to inspire her stories and her insightful view into the human condition deepens her character’s experiences and propels them on their journey. Ms. Williams’ favorite tales, speak to the reader’s heart, making them smile, laugh, cry, and think.

Have you read A Man Called Smith, or is it on your TBR? Happy Reading! ~ Jennifer THR