Book of Samuel (The Johnson Family Chronicles)

Book of Samuel (The Johnson Family Chronicles)

by James Robinson

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BN ID: 2940016563794
Publisher: Create Space
Publication date: 04/19/2013
Series: The Johnson Family Chronicles , #1
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 84
Sales rank: 1,157,003
File size: 163 KB

About the Author

James Robinson, Jr. is an award-winning author of two non-fiction books: Fighting the Effects of Gravity: A Bittersweet Journey Into Middle Life, and Death of a Shrinking Violet. Book of Samuel – a Novella -- is his first foray into fiction. He is an Indie Excellence Finalist and the recipient of a Readers’ Favorite Five-Star Review.
Robinson was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania and graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in 1974. He didn’t become a serious writer until 1995 when he began writing Fighting the Effects of Gravity.
He lives in Pittsburgh with his wife, Deborah. He has three adult children and four grandchildren.

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Book of Samuel (The Johnson Family Chronicles) 4.5 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
BeccaW More than 1 year ago
Even though this is the second book in the series and I have not read the first one, I still thoroughly enjoyed reading about Samuel and his family. I had never heard of James Robinson before but I am sure glad that I know about him now! He is a great author and these stories are short (around 100 pages each). I am definitely going to go back and read the other in the series now that I laughed so much through this one. I loved that almost every moment in this short was light hearted. It made it all that much more enjoyable and easy to read. Reading about Samuel and his family made me so happy and I read this book in one sitting. Sometimes you need that in a read. The story follows Samuel and Tabitha as their lives go on around them. Temptation comes to find Samuel when a woman is in his life that is half of his age. Things start to get a little bit difficult for him. His wife notices what all is going on but she sits back and watches as things go the way that they will. She definitely is not the silly and naive type, so she tries for Samuel’s attention back to her but the outcome of her efforts go differently than we expect. You will be asking lots of questions while you read about the troubles and the triumphs that come along with this short.  You will wonder what the future holds for the two of them? You hope that it will go well and that Samuel will not go astray. All the situations make you question whether spark really does just fade between people who are in love but have been married for a long time. What do you do when attention is given elsewhere? Do you go for that fun and lose other things that mean the most to you? Or do you try to rekindle what you may be losing? Family units are a hard thing to understand sometimes and why people that are in love make the decisions that they do. This story is full of ups and downs and the things that life bring. The wedding is all over the place but what is going on in everyone’s head and lives will be brought out in the end. Your emotions will be brought out all the way throughout reading the story. There will be smiles and there will be times when you want to rip your hair out with distress. You will love following Samuel and Tabitha through their craziness of a family wedding and will make you believe in that little thing called love once again. I received this book to review through Beck Valley Books Book Tours, all the opinions above are 100% my own.
lifeasleels More than 1 year ago
I really liked both books. I was provided the opportunity to read both book 1 and book 2. Book 1 was a novella so it was a short, easy read. Interestingly enough, book 1 jumps to the end of book 2… so it gives you this situation of the family stranded at the airport, airing all their dirty laundry, and then you read book 2 and you get the before – the reason they are in Savannah, the reason they are stranded in the airport. Book 2 was just as good and just as easy to read. Both books were different than my typical read, but I felt they were both relatable. They were real life. This wasn’t romance with some hunk that is far from reality or a paranormal read or some murder mystery. This was real life. This was affairs, work-a-holics, addiction, crazy opinionated mothers, marriage problems – it was something that was real life, real experience. I highly recommend reading either books, or both. As I mentioned earlier, they are easy reads so they did not take long to read. They are engaging which makes this read that much easier. I found them both to be very enjoyable.
Ginas-Library More than 1 year ago
This is a small quick book. It was only around 84 pages. Have you ever had such a horrible day that has you questioning everything in your life? That is the type of day Samuel has had. He is left questioning everything he holds dear to him. This book was a good reminder not to take our family for granted. You have to work at the relationships. Not just with a spouse, but with your parents too as you get older. I love the writing style of this book. The story flows beautifully and I had to find out what happens next. I have the next installment of the Johnson Family Chronicles. I can't wait to start on it.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite "Book of Samuel" by James Robinson is a family drama that unfolds at Georgia. The family of Samuel Johnson is stranded at Savannah airport. The eight hours in the airport is a kind of revelation of his family's behavior. He sees a different side of his parents and his wife. The story, though short, manages to convey an excellent story, a lot of drama and emotions through very deft narration. It was difficult for me to believe a writer could pen such a nice book in just about 70 pages. The story is fast-paced. It keeps the reader going without getting bored. For me the book "Book of Samuel" evoked a lot of emotions. It kind of highlights the drama that is associated with any family and how at times it raises its ugly head especially when it is not required and when the family is put together and have nothing to do. The dialogues are crisp and sharp. The author manages to portray an effective character sketch of all the characters. The language is simple but as you read through the book, the characters and their nuances are felt. I think it speaks about the skill of the writer because the lesser the pages, the more difficult it is to describe. The eight hour layover at Savannah airport is dramatic for the whole family of Dr. Samuel Johnson. Will Dr. Johnson be able to resolve the matter or will it continue once they reach their home?