The Last Reunionby James Ross
As he greets old classmates, Jake is transported back to the wondrous days of his high school years: 1948-1952. He recalls four turbulent, incredible years: nights at Taylor's Drug Store, camping trips
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Returning to his small hometown nestled in the mountains of upper East Tennessee, Jake Rule attends his 50th high school reunion at Elizabethton High School.
As he greets old classmates, Jake is transported back to the wondrous days of his high school years: 1948-1952. He recalls four turbulent, incredible years: nights at Taylor's Drug Store, camping trips gone wrong, blond beach girls, local bootleggers, disappointment, loss and triumph.
Jake may have been a naive freshman, but as he learns respect and appreciation for his father, meets the coach who inspired the entire school, becomes involved in the tragic events that led him to keep secrets, and works with the newspaper editor who changed his life, Jake leaves Elizabethton High School a man of integrity and determination.
Remembering a past filled with promises and pain, Jake celebrates the "last of the innocent times" at his last reunion.
Dr. James Ross and his wife Lucy live in Collierville, Tennessee, on twelve acres where they grow fruits and vegetables organically. Avid travelers, the Rosses have visited 93 countries. Dr. Ross has published many articles in professional and medical journals. The Last Reunion is his first work of fiction.
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This is a marvelous coming of age story during a more gentle time. It is an easy, enjoyable read. Most anyone who lived in a small town or in the country during the mid-1900's will find themselves being led down memory lane to recall their own pleasant teen-years experiences. Delightful.
Don't you wish we could return to the simpler times of 'The Last Reunion'? Everyone can relate to the stories told here if you grew up in any type of small town in the era. Jim has made these stories come alive through the characters and situations. There are a lot of lessons to be learned here - even if life sometimes throws you a curve or two, how you react determines if you become an All-Star or just a benchwarmer! It's a great book to share with your teens, too.
This is a great read about growing up in a small Tennessee town. While not a biography it reads as if this was part of the author's past. A short book that can be read in one reading as it is hard to put down once you start. I look forward to his next book.
I did not attend school with Mr. Ross, but was in a county high school during part of this time. I worked in the Waffle Iron, a cafe a couple doors from the Little Grill that he mentioned. I was able to relate to many of the people mentioned in his story. I knew some of the athletes that he was referring to. I thoroughly enjoyed the story as it took me back to my high school days.