Revenge, remorse, regeneration, and reconciliation are the driving themes of Cricket’s Trail, the story of two spiritual odysseys set against the relocation of the Cherokees in 1838. The story delves deeply into the issue of personal guilt and the need for repentance. It is infused with a strong Christian message that emphasizes personal conversion and reconciliation. It is told with tenderness and grit.
This is a good story, well told. From the perspective of a historian, it is clear the author has done his homework. In short, the context for the very interesting story rings with authenticity. The author’s use of description and metaphor places the reader in the scene of the action. It is a delightful read.
Lawrence O. Christensen, Ph.D.
Distinguished Teaching Professor EmeritusMissouri University of Science and Technology
Cricket’s Trail is a fast-paced story that pulls the reader in. The author has made this historical period come alive. It is a tale full of drama, never shirking from illuminating the human weaknesses inherent in each individual. The historical background is well-research and provides a rich backdrop to what is essentially an intimate story of revenge, desire, redemption and human fulfillment. An engrossing read!
Kimberly Estep, Ph.D.
Vice President for Academic Affairs and Professor
Nashville State Community College
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About the Author
John M. Hutchinson, a speech/language pathologist by education and currently a higher education consultant, has served as a college administrator in Idaho, Montana, South Dakota, Georgia, and Florida. He is a former Episcopal clergyman and currently resides in Missouri with his wife Jean Ann and their marginally faithful dog, Toby, who is a backyard escape artist. Cricket’s Trail is his first novel.