I really enjoyed By His Own Blood.  It captures rural farm life in the 50s and 60s perfectly.  Anyone who experienced it or has loved ones who did will enjoy the authors' description of those times and those people.

But what I enjoyed even more is reading about Doc Montandon.  It would have taken great fortitude and patience to live through those times.  Doc's spiritual life and connection to his church and Lord seemed to be anchors made him a great father and a great man. 

John's coming to terms with his biases and prejudices, which many of us had to deal with ourselves, were made possible through the lessons he learned from his father.  So many coming of age stories deal with some cathartic event by which the younger man comes to respect the older man.  Not so here.  John knew from an early age that his father was a great man and honored his memory by embracing all people with respect and love.

I look forward to more from this author.

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