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Author: Ronald Glanz
Publisher: Ronald Glanz
“Seeing the picture triggered my memories of Moon Pond, which triggered some random stored facts about Grandpa, which, in turn, triggered something that happened at Grandma’s funeral well over, what is it now, twenty years ago,” Rich explains in Ronald Glanz’s novel, "Irongate."
At two hundred and eight-eight pages, this paperback targets those who enjoy romance with intrigue and mystery of the past, dating back to the early nineteen hundreds. With some profanity but no violent or overtly sexual scenes, it would be geared toward mature teenage and adult readers. This reader found the many punctuation and grammatical errors distracting.
In this debut tome, recently divorced Richard Greenlaw has been laid off from his mechanical engineering job so returns to his hometown in Benton Harbor, Michigan to visit his parents. En route, he stops and takes a tour at the newly opened Eastwick Mansion.
With his ex-wife nagging him about child support of his two teenaged children who no longer want anything to do with him, the man in his mid-forties feels lost and alone as he walks inside the mansion, only to be captivated by a peculiar photograph of a summer home. Recalling from his childhood memories of fishing with his grandpa at Moon Pond, he is convinced of the location of the old house.
On his second visit to the town’s historic mansion, he meets Patricia Howell, the beautiful tour guide who, through his match-making mother’s ploys, hires the unemployed divorcee to be a handyman on the grounds.
Off to a rocky relationship start, the two banter, quip, and tease each other with campy and quirky dialogue, hiding their true feelings. With ulterior motives, Rich uses his newfound job position to learn more about the history of the mansion and its wealthy owners while he wonders if there is room in his heart for a new relationship.
As the two learn more about the mansion’s secrets, past relationships of deceit, lies, and misunderstandings shed the true light of love that lasts centuries, giving hope to two souls looking for redemption.
Written from a detailed, analytical engineer’s mind, Glanz covers his bases of history during the early to late twentieth century, including Edison’s phonograms, antique cars, and fax machines while focusing on a lifetime of lasting love.
This book was furnished by The Book Club Network Inc. in exchange for the reader’s honest opinion.
This book deals with many issues, such as loneliness, family secrets, divorce, and lost love. I felt that the story started out a bit on the slow side, but I must admit, I was hooked by halfway through. Rich, the main character, is dealing with so many troubles, losing his job, recently divorced, his kids don’t want to spend time with him, and it would be so easy for him to just sink into despair. Yet, he has a quirky sense of humor and spends much of his time cheering up others around him and remaining positive. As Rich digs into the mystery surrounding his grandpa he starts finding some answers and has a better understanding of his family history. I loved the last few chapters, but you will have to read “Irongate” to find out why…
I received this book from The Book Club Network in exchange for my honest opinion.
I received this book from bookfun.org in exchange for my honest review.
Rich enjoys history and anything mechanical, so he soaks up the atmosphere in the mansion. He also finds the curator, Patricia, very attractive. Soon their relationship becomes more than employee and employer, but they are both afraid of making a commitment and voicing their growing feelings for one another. Meanwhile, Rich is using his job to learn more about his grandfather, who is now deceased, and his alleged relationship some seventy years ago with the former owner of the mansion, the wealthy Rebecca Eastwick.
The negatives to this story for me were the plot moved slowly in some parts and the unnecessary swearing. Also, there were many typos in the book. The positives were some great laugh out loud internal comments Rich made about himself or his mother. I loved the relationship Rich had with his parents, the teasing between his parents and between himself and his parents. The dialogue and fun relationship with Patricia was also really entertaining and absolutely hilarious to read at times. I also thought it was very admirable how Rich handled his relationship with his kids by not bad mouthing his ex-wife in front of them or even when he was not in front of them. He also treated her with much more respect than the nasty lady earned. I would be interested in reading more books from this author.