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A Reason to Be: A Novel Kindle Edition
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About the Author
- ASIN : B08D2DYXVX
- Publisher : Greenleaf Book Group Press (September 1, 2020)
- Publication date : September 1, 2020
- Language : English
- File size : 2736 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 216 pages
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #46,927 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
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Much of the beauty of this engrossing novel flows from the fact that it is based loosely on the author’s life and heritage. The journey reflects his personal response to his beloved wife Grace’s death after her struggle with Alzheimer’s, his own subsequent depression and recovery, and his passion for understanding his genealogy. The parallels are sharply focused while being enhanced by the author’s obvious skill at literary composition. His story begins with a Prologue set in 15th century Scotland with young brothers Douglas and Thomas relinquishing their tartans as their father honors their past - “We are descended from a great line of men. From William, the 7th Chief of Mackintosh, the 8th of the Clan Chattan, who reigned during the great Scottish King David II.’ With the Scottish lineage established the novel opens in contemporary New York.
A REASON TO BE is loosely based on McCombs’ life and has been condensed as follows: ‘Douglas McCombs is an accomplished engineer and recent widower driven to discover the truth of who he is by studying the people and places he comes from. After losing his wife to a battle with Alzheimer’s, Douglas is left devastated until a chance encounter with a sharp, compassionate librarian named Suzy Hamilton on the steps of the New York Public Library shakes him from the throes of grief. With Suzy’s help, Douglas takes up genealogy and begins an investigation into his Scottish lineage that takes the reader on a sprawling journey through time and the remarkable lives of Douglas’ ancestors – from the legendary highland clan chiefs and American war generals to humble farmers and family men. As he traces his ancestry through the generations, Douglas manages to discover not only the roots he was searching for but also a brand-new reason to be.’
The novel format allows the author the opportunity to share his life’s experiences through the gently subtle life of his main character. Throughout this absorbing and sensitive quest and romance development, McCombs offers insights into honoring our heritage while embracing life at the now moment. ‘Love is a magnet. It pulls people toward each other that are of the same pure energy, same light.’ Sensitive and compelling, this novel is yet another trophy to place on this important hero’s mantle! Very highly recommended. Grady Harp, September 20
Everything about this book was amazing and profoundly interesting to me. If you love Scottish tales then this book is for you, if you love heritages of and from Scotland then this book will definitely interest you.
I am giving this book a full 5 stars but I wish I could give it more.
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Luckily his good friend called Mark calls to see him and is devastated by the shadow of a man Douglas has become. Gently he reminds him that he is an accomplished man with hundreds of patents and inventions to his credit, and reflects of the time when he was at the White House receiving the National Medal of Technology and Innovation for his inventions and advances in health science technology from the President, reminding Douglas about his own incredulity that he was actually there, and how he asked himself, was it his upbringing, his wife Hope, or his Scottish ancestry?
Finally, Mark wins him over and thus beings his re-emergence into normal life, catapulted forward by a chance incident which is just the catalyst he needs, the meeting of librarian Suzy Hamilton. Encouraged by her love of research, suddenly he finds himself rekindling his need to discover himself through his genealogy, which traces back to Scottish clans with their fierce pride, and loyalty. His journey takes him across the world, places his ancestors at important historical events, and introduces him to the determined and strong men, and women, whose blood flows through his veins.
Coming from Scottish roots, I know first-hand of the deep pride the Scottish feel in their family, its roots, and the glorious country which is their home. No matter where in the world they are, you can’t take Scotland out of a Scot, and I should know, living in France. This feeling and strength grows steadily in Douglas as he begins to understand more, and more, his family and how it has evolved including the sacrifices each generation has made for their children.
With these revelations come other more personal ones, as he slowly begins to permit himself to feel again, he learns anew how to smile, look forward to life, and yes, he even rediscovers his reason to be.
At the beginning of this incredible story there was heartrending sorrow, and then slowly the pages like petals unfurl, and with them so does Douglas. Emotions grow and events unfold until eventually, having feverishly been unable to put it down, I discovered with great sadness that I had reached the end of the most incredible story, I have ever read. Highly recommended!