Rick Rousser is a man who was raised by strict but fair parents in West Texas just after the Vietnam War. He has a relatively normal childhood and grows into a decent man. Rick becomes a pharmacist and marries his college sweetheart. His life is turned upside down when the woman of his dreams turns into a nightmare. Despair and depression set in. He gives up everything and begins a journey of debauchery and self-pity with no direction or destination. At the end of his rope, a fortuitous friendship develops. With the help of his new friend, Rick starts over. He finds happiness and even finds love again. But as so often happens in life, he suffers another tragic setback. This one is horrific. Rick must find a way to recover and prevent himself from returning to a path of self-destruction.
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I bought this book because it had some good reviews on Amazon and I saw that the author had a book signing scheduled at B&N. It was a quick read, but not even worth the little time I spent on it. The book is predictable and whiny. I waited for the plot to have meaning or for some redeeming quality of the writing to develop. It never happened. Clearly the author had his friends/relatives write his Amazon reviews.
I was interested in this book because it was an author from my home town. Very disappointed. This book is sloppily formulaic and amateurish. In addition, to be an effective self-awakening story, the main character needs to be truly open to personal growth. In this book, the protagonist only blames everyone else, then looks for someone to save him from his life's ills. He never really has any genuine self-revelation. In the sequel (God forbid!), I'm sure the girl that he thought brought him a new start in this book will have betrayed him and will be the villain.