Tuesday, June 23, 2020

Book Review: The Key to Everything


THE KEY TO EVERYTHING
by
Valerie Fraser Luesse Contemporary Christian Romance
Publisher: Revell Date of Publication: June 2, 2020
Number of Pages: 352
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Based on a true story, Valerie Fraser Luesse’s new novel takes readers on an incredible journey of self-discovery. The poignant prose, enchanting characters, and captivating settings in The Key to Everything make this a moving story that readers won’t soon forget. Peyton Cabot’s fifteenth year will be a painful and transformative one. His father, the reluctant head of a moneyed Savannah family, has come home from WWII a troubled vet, drowning his demons in bourbon, and distancing himself from his son. When a tragic accident separates Peyton from his parents, and the girl of his dreams seems out of reach, he struggles to cope with a young life upended. Pushed to his limit, Peyton makes a daring decision: he will retrace a slice of the journey his father took at fifteen by riding his bicycle all the way from St. Augustine to Key West, Florida. Part loving tribute, part search for self, Peyton’s journey will unlock more than he ever could have imagined, including the key to his distant father, a calling that will shape the rest of his life, and the realization that he’s willing to risk absolutely everything for the girl he loves.
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First off, I hope you all are doing alright. I know the world is going through so many changes right now and it's amazing and it can be intimidating and for the moments that we want to just take a break from our screens, that is the time to pick up a good book and transport yourself to a different world. That is what our book, The Key to Everything, did for me. 

Throughout the last few weeks, I have been reading this enchanting book that captured my attention and did not let me go. I was taken into 1947 Florida where things were definitely not how they are now. Reading the adventures of Peyton, I felt like I was reading a movie. Not just any movie, but a late 80's early 90's, life adventure movie like Forest Gump or Stand By Me. And I don't know about you, but I am such a sucker for those kinds of movies.

I loved the distinctly different characters that we meet with Peyton along the way and was intrigued by his open heart to all of them. Some people we meet on this journey is a drunk race car driver, an animal activist, a crazy artist and a big Cuban family. Actually, when we met the big family, it felt like my own family gatherings and made me realize that not everyone does this and I'm special enough to have this in my life and glad that Peyton was able to experience this as well. But all the characters are all so different and interesting people and I loved seeing how Peyton reacted to all of them with open arms. This was also a time when the term "stranger danger" did not really exist and it would probably not be the same if it did.


Overall, I thourghouly enjoyed reading The Key to Everything. It was a fun and exciting read that flowed very well and can hold your attention until the very end. I give this book a 5/5 stars. I am happy to put this one on my newly built shelves where other's can read this incredible and true story. 







Valerie Fraser Luesse is the bestselling author of Missing Isaac and Almost Home, as well as an award-winning magazine writer best known for her feature stories and essays in Southern Living, where she is currently senior travel editor. Specializing in stories about unique pockets of Southern culture, Luesse received the 2009 Writer of the Year award from the Southeast Tourism Society for her editorial section on Hurricane Katrina recovery in Mississippi and Louisiana. A graduate of Auburn University and Baylor University, she lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband, Dave. 
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One Winner: Copy of The Key to Everything, Necklace, $25 B&N Gift Card;  Two Winners: Copy of The Key to Everything + $10 Starbucks Gift Card
June16-26, 2020
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1 comment:

  1. Love this review and that this book is such a great escape. We all need that right now.

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