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Posted November 3, 2014
Posted April 25, 2014
Reviewed by Kim
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When I originally read an excerpt from Simple Man, I wanted to read the book. Then when I read a character interview, I really really wanted to read the book. Sometimes, as readers we set ourselves up to make a book out to be more than what it is. Then when we read the book, we are completely let down. This was NOT the case with Simple Man. I loved the book from start to finish.
At the age of seventeen, with the death of his parents, Shane Martin became the guardian of his eleven-year-old sister, Noel. In order to make ends meet and keep a roof over their heads, Shane dropped out of school and took a job working in construction. Things were always tight, but at least they survived.
Fast forward ten years, and the siblings who were once close aren’t really close any more. Noel reaches out to Shane for help, but he wants answers. Answers Noel will not provide. When she doesn’t get the help she wants, she disappears. For months, Shane looked for her to no avail. Eight months later, Shane receives a knock on his door informing him of Noel’s death. He is later approached by the state and informed that Noel named him as the guardian of her son, a child Shane knew nothing about.
Without hesitation, Shane took in his nephew (Shane Logan). He did a 360 with his life. He stopped drinking, smoking, and partying with women. Shane went from having only Wild Turkey, beer, and week old Chinese Food in his refrigerator to having a pantry full of real healthy food. He was determined to show the state and Kate McAlister, his caseworker who hated him, that he was the right choice for Logan.
Shane likes to say that he’s just a simple man, but he’s so much more than that. He’s charming, loving, and will do whatever is necessary, legally, to take care of his nephew. When Logan gets sick, Kate is the first person Shane calls for help. This turns out to be the turning point in their relationship and allows Kate to start to fully see what type of man Shane really is. But alas, sometimes things aren’t meant to be and Shane’s future with Logan gets threatened. It’s going to take courage, strength, determination, and a little humbling for things to work out.
Simple Man is a must read that will touch your heart and love strings. Shane may think he’s just a simple man and Logan may not have been born his son, but in Shane’s words, he was born to be his father.
Posted December 1, 2013
Simple Man had me laughing so hard I almost wet myself! Then later had me bawling like a baby. Simple man sucked you in so that you felt you were experiencing all of Shane’s emotions. I couldn’t put it down. The transformation of Shane and his life were engrossing. Despite his hardships that he faced, Shane never gave up, even when his life spiraled out of his control.
Following Shane and his growth was wonderful. His tale followed a natural progression, making me root for his success. Kate was just as enjoyable. The two brought out the best and sometimes the worst in each other. They complemented each other so well. I can’t say enough about how good this book was.
Shane was just a simple man. He wanted a family, someone to love and to love him.
Posted October 30, 2013
Another wonderful story from a great author. This story touched my heart and even brought me to tears. Shane is a real person you could see any day of the week, could be you or your next door neighbor. A story of a "simple man" who proves to be anything but. It makes you view the world we live in with less judgmental eyes. I cannot applaud this story enough as it could be so real for so many. Thank you Lydia Michaels for giving us "real" characters we can relate to. And thank you for a book written in the man's perspective!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted November 1, 2014
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