Wednesday, May 4, 2016

A Northern Gentleman

Handsome and quick-witted Drucker May is miserable in the privileged life that he leads working at a bank in Atlanta. So he runs away. He wants to find what it is that he’s really supposed to do with his life and he wants to have a good time doing it.

Because the year is 1890, the people who he meets after he leaves Atlanta have no easy way to find out who he really is, allowing Drucker to reinvent himself in each stop that he makes along the way to California. As he travels, he explores late 19th century America as well as his own identity – both real and mistaken – all while solving a mystery, falling in love and getting caught up in a wild west caper gone awry.

This story isn’t just a rollicking ride from one town and one mistaken identity to the next, though. It’s the tale of a man trying to strike a balance between his responsibility to his family and his desire to be his own man. Alternately moving and laugh out loud funny, A Northern Gentleman chronicles the adventures that unfold when one man decides to leave his boring desk-work behind to seek out the life he’s meant to lead and to find that special something that his life has been missing.

My Review

What a fabulous debut novel from author Lane Everett. The time period that this story took place in was also a great backdrop. I liked all of the different locations that Drucker visited along the way on his grand adventure. My favorite location however and the location that I really got into the story with was Clayton. The characters in this town were more engaging to me as well as Drucker's persona. Although, I did like seeing Drucker take on the different persona in each town that he found himself in. It was amazing how the people just believed in Drucker. Yet not all that surprising because the more I got to know of Drucker, he did give off a friendly, believable vibe. The ending when Drucker finally makes his destination was sweet. I hope to read more by this author in the future.

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