The Mulligans of Mt. Jefferson: A Novel

The Mulligans of Mt. Jefferson: A Novel

by Don Reid

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Overview

Cal, Harlan, and Buddy grow up together in a small Virginia town in the years before the second World War. United by age, proximity, and temperament, they get into—and out of—all the trouble that boys manage to find. They even earn a nickname from a local restaurateur who gives the boys their first jobs and plenty of friendly advice. “Uncle” Vic calls them the Mulligans, because they always seem to find a way through a thicket of trouble—family problems, girls, college, war—to success. Cal and Harlan and Buddy have been blessed with second chances.
            Now it’s 1959, and police lieutenant Buddy receives an early-morning phone call: his friend Harlan, a store owner, has been shot in a break-in. Cal, now a preacher, meets Buddy at the hospital, and together, as professionals and as friends, they begin to unravel what might have happened to Harlan.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781434764942
Publisher: David C Cook
Publication date: 01/01/2012
Edition description: New
Pages: 336
Sales rank: 704,412
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.20(h) x 1.20(d)

About the Author


 

Don Reid, a member of country music’s legendary Statler Brothers, has 3 Grammy awards, 9 CMA awards, 13 gold albums, and 8 platinum albums is a member of the Gospel Music Hall of Fame and Country Music Hall of Fame and has also written several books including O Little Town and One Lane Bridge.Reid lives with his wife, Deborah, in Staunton, Virginia.

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The Mulligans of Mt. Jefferson 3.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
mrsred49 More than 1 year ago
I was so happy when I received this book from Wynn-Wynn Media that I could not wait to start reading it so I did. Don Reid and his group of singers "The Statler Brothers" was one of my very favorite group and I find his writing is as good as his singing. This story to me sounded so much like the guys that started the singing group that as I read I could just see each one as that boy. The little town Mt. Jefferson, Virginia was where everyone knew each other and Cal, Harlan and Buddy grew up as buddies and stayed that way even after they were married and had families. One was a policeman, one a pastor, and one ran a jewelry store. They were always getting into something and they always stood up for each other. A man that ran a local restaurant everyone called Uncle Vic liked the boys and he started to call them "The Mulligans". This is such a good story to me that you should pick up a copy and read for yourselves. I was a teenager in the 1950s just as Don Reid was so it all came home to me. I really loved the book and thanks so much to Jeane Wynn of Wynn-Wynn Media, LLC for sending me this copy and I really enjoyed reviewing it.
PatWKirk More than 1 year ago
Mulligan means “do over” and it is the name of a Mt. Jefferson Restaurant. Harlan, Buddy, and Cal grew up as best friends—none of them named Mulligan. This story tells of their growing-up years in the thirties to fifties. The adult story takes place in 1959. It starts as Harlan lies in the hospital suffering from a gunshot wound from an early-morning intruder. As children, Cal kept them all in trouble. Harlan was the charmer and girl magnet. Buddy fell in love with his future wife as she practiced the piano in their home. The early years echo Mayberry, RFD, but, in manhood, each man must face his sins and suffer the consequences of them. In one case, he suffers for another’s sin as his business falters. As men, Harlan runs a jewelry store, Buddy joins the police force, and Cal becomes a Methodist minister. He never tells us what happened to change him, keeping it as a mysterious secret. All three manage parental businesses as young men. Later, as a police officer, Buddy must be tough as he tries to get the truth from the reticent Harlan and his wife Darcy. Cal tries to comfort them all. Will their friendship survive this difficult period? The reader will find the characters likeable and the ending satisfyingly unexpected. The writing carries you along in a readable sequence. However, the long descriptions of their growing-up years slow the story. Perhaps they would fit better coming gradually throughout the mystery. At times, I forgot that Harlan lingered in a hospital. I received this book from NetGalley. This is an honest review.
Heart2Heart More than 1 year ago
Cal, Harlan, and Buddy grow up together in a small Virginia town in the years before the second World War. United by age, proximity, and temperament, they get into and out of all the trouble that boys manage to find. They even earn a nickname from a local restaurateur who gives the boys their first jobs and plenty of friendly advice. Uncle Vic calls them the Mulligans, because they always seem to find a way through a thicket of trouble family problems, girls, college, war to success. Cal and Harlan and Buddy have been blessed with second chances. Now it's 1959, and police lieutenant Buddy receives an early-morning phone call: his friend Harlan, a store owner, has been shot in a break-in. Cal, now a preacher, meets Buddy at the hospital, and together, as professionals and as friends, they begin to unravel what might have happened to Harlan. I received The Mulligans of Mt. Jefferson by Don Reed compliments of Christian Fiction Blog Alliance for my honest review and have to say it's quite unique from other books I've read. The author takes the reader into each of the characters lives both past and present day so you gain an insight unlike most novels. For example the reader first is introduced to the present day situation where Harlan has been shot and how the three interact in dealing with the circumstance, Harlan the victim, Buddy works for the police department and Cal is the local pastor. Beginning with Harlan, the book toggles back and forth in each subsequent chapter going back into Harlan's past when he was a boy growing up and then flashing forward to present day, then back to the past again, until we learn all about Harlan's upbringing. Then the next segment of the book walks us through Cal's life and finishes up with Buddy so you can see how they have all arrived at where the book begins and just how Harlan has wound up in the hospital now shot. While it wasn't a favorite for me, due to all the changes in past and present between character, I'm sure other readers will enjoy this book. For me this one rated a 3 out of 5 stars.
fuzzmom More than 1 year ago
The town of Mt. Jefferson was a sleepy town in the 30' and 40's. Three boys grew up together and their lives were permanently connected. One a jeweler, one a Cop and one a Pastor. They married, went to war and each came home changed by life. A story of friendship, flawed humanity, and the truth. A fun read, I enjoyed following all the twists and turns on the way to a surprising conclusion. I was lucky enough to read an advance reader e-book copy. This is a town I want to hear more about!
millstreetreader More than 1 year ago
he Mulligans of Mt. Jefferson is a novel of friendships that span decades, the secrets that can be hidden even from the best of friends, and doing what is right. Written by Don Reid, one of the original Statler Bros., Mulligans is a sequel to his earlier novel O Little Town, but it can clearly be read as a stand alone book. Buddy, Cal, and Harlan grew up together, went off to war together, and settled back into adulthood with wives and families. Never did anyone expect that their routines would be interrupted by Harlan being shot in his own home. Buddy, a police officer, finds himself trying to find his friend’s attacker, all the while feeling he is not receiving truthful information from Harlan or his wife. Cal, who has just returned to the community as the Methodist pastor, sees an unidentified pain in one friend’s eyes and a rightful determination in the other’s ; at the same time he continues to hide his own raw pain as he starts life without his wife and children. Reid alternates present day action (set in the late 1950s) with flashbacks to “the three Mulligans” mischievous boyhood days. There are some intriguing, secretive characters in this book who are never completely revealed. One is “Uncle Vic,” the restaurant owner who took the boys under his wing back when they were preteens and would pilfer his empty soda bottles from his back lot to turn around and sell them back to him for deposit. Perhaps his character as a professional golfer and his secretive past with the wife/mother of the town’s powerful Greek family is better explained in the first novel, or maybe he will be a continuing cornerstone in future books. Most intriguing to me was Fritz, an older gentleman who worked in the back room of Harlan’s jewelry store. Obviously, an immigrant, Fritz had a loyal bond with Harlan’s family that transcends death and yet, he and Harlan barely speak. Most male Christian fiction authors I have read write in either the fantasy or suspense genres Reid’s style was a pleasant change of pace. The book has a fast pace, “Present day” action occurs over three or four days, while the flashback sections cover three decades of key insight. Essential bonds between readers and characters come from those flashback elements. You care about Cal’s failed marriage because you’ve seen him grow up into an honorable man. You don’t want to believe anything mad about Harlan because you watched his father mold him into a “good boy.” I received a copy of this title as an e-galley for review purposes. I was not compensated in any way for this review, which reflects my opinions.
Smilingsally More than 1 year ago
The friendships that Cal, Harlan, and Buddy form in their childhood, continue through their teen years and into their adulthood. The reader follows the trio as they get into trouble, find love, marry, and go off to war. Friendships evolve and mature. The story opens when Harlan gets shot. The author intertwines the three backstories with the current shooting mystery, making an interesting plot. I connected to each of the friends and to Uncle Vic. I was a teen in the 50's, and I remember when grown-ups took an active role in raising any youngster within reach, much like Uncle Vic. (I especially enjoyed the coke bottles escapade exchange.) Don Reid of the Statler Brothers writes as well as he sings! Discussion questions included. Thank you to Bonnie at Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and David C. Cook for my copy.
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