‘Whatever my father wrote was wrong. Twelve is too young to spring something distasteful on a kid.‘, August 4, 2015
This review is from: Easter Sunday (River Sunday Romance Mysteries Book 7) (Kindle Edition)
Maryland author Thomas Hollyday understands the intricacies of weaving historical events with fictional characters in the manner that makes both more immediate. His recurring theme is one that human settlers since prehistoric times in the Chesapeake region have left a mist of legend and history that permeates its modern stories with a certain compelling truth. At the same time he incorporates the stories of machines with those of their human owners. The River Sunday Romance series places each novel in the small town of River Sunday, Maryland, and records the continuing beautiful nature of the area. His writing portrays today’s problems, conflicts, and memorable local characters with their loves and their combat with evil. But in addition to these books it should also be noted that Thomas’ concern for ecology is strong: he has even written an excellent book on ‘Water for Backyard Pets and Wildlife’ and one called ‘Nature’s Viewpoint.’ Not that these little books add to the stories of the River Sunday Romances, but they tell us much about an author concerned about important issues outside of the library.
The author’s synopsis distills the story best: Hank Green’s young son, Bobby, is lost in a cave beneath a water-drenched swamp of the Chesapeake Bay. The wilderness is known for Native American mystery as well as an unsolved World War Two secret. Even worse, a powerful Easter Sunday storm with its flood surge is barreling down. Hank rushes to join the team of experienced local firemen and friends who will try to find and rescue his son before the boy drowns. Yet he feels once again his own numbing personal terror. He is overcome by a lifelong claustrophobic fear of entering closed spaces like caves. It’s a phobia he inherited from his immigrant father, a displaced person from the 1945 European war, and his own Vietnam experience. He knows if the others lose hope and fail, he will go on alone and risk his life to save his child. He must find a way to conquer his weakness but time is running out.’
Having read other books (both from this River Sunday Romance Series and others) it is not surprising that Thomas has the ongoing ability to involve the reader immediately with well-written dialogue and plot progression that speeds the reader through the novel. He is able to bring memories of previous wars with such veracity that those of us who were directly involved on the battlefield can readily identify. There are many themes in this particular novel that address spiritual issues as well as cultural and historical issues – and that is one of the primary reasons that this ongoing series of books centered on the Chesapeake is so successful – he makes us look at our histories, personal and American – and lifts his messages to a higher level. Grady Harp, August 15