Tuesday, August 9, 2016

The Long Journey to Jake Palmer by James Rubart

What if there was a place where everything wrong in your life could be fixed?

Corporate trainer Jake Palmer coaches people to see deeper into themselves—yet he barely knows himself anymore. Recently divorced and weary of the business life, Jake reluctantly agrees to a lake-house vacation with friends, hoping to escape for ten days.

When he arrives, Jake hears the legend of Willow Lake—about a lost corridor that leads to a place where one’s deepest longings will be fulfilled.

Jake scoffs at the idea, but can’t shake a sliver of hope that the corridor is real. And when he meets a man who mutters cryptic speculations about the corridor, Jake is determined to find the path, find himself, and fix his crumbling life.

But the journey will become more treacherous with each step Jake takes.

My review:

  I became an instant fan of James Rubart's books when I read his first novel, Rooms. His books are far from being the average Christian fiction novels out there, and he always has such an interesting way of writing.

  I had some extra time last night and decided to read a few chapters in this new book of Rubart's, fully intending to lay it aside...... and that never happened. The trials of Jake Palmer pulled me into the book and I read the entire book in one sitting....... and enjoyed every minute of it.

 Rubart has a talent for addressing issues in a fictional way that take a hold and stick with you far better than a non-fictional book ever could. The message of this book is two-fold: true healing comes in the heart, not outwardly/physically, and we need to stop hiding our scars and struggles and bring them into the light.

  I loved the characters, especially Jake, who had lost so much and had high hopes of finding this secret corridor where he'd get his heart's desire. The plot and setting were great, and Rubart wrote in such a way that I wasn't sure how the story was going to go and what all would happen. It didn't go  the way I thought it would, but it was an amazing book with an amazing ending. I highly recommend it.

I was given a copy of the book in exchange for my honest review.

About the author:

James L. Rubart is 28 years old, but lives trapped inside an older man's body. He thinks he's still young enough to water ski like a madman and dirt bike with his two grown sons, and loves to send readers on journeys they'll remember months after they finish one of his stories.

He's the best-selling, Christy, INSPY, and RT Book Reviews award winning author of seven novels as well as a professional speaker. During the day he runs his marketing company which helps businesses, authors, and publishers make more coin of the realm. He lives with his amazing wife on a small lake in eastern Washington. More at www.jameslrubart.com

The Long Journey to Jake Palmer is available from Thomas Nelson Publishing.

Thanks to BookLook Bloggers for the review copy.