Review of Chet: Whispers From the Past by Larry Murray

Charles Tucker has chosen to live a solitary life on his Idaho dairy farm for the past 29 Chet Whispers from the Pastyears. After losing his only child, Jason, in a deadly auto accident and his beloved wife, Emily, to cancer, Charles is content spending his days alone.

When Mark Saunders relocates from California and moves nearby with his struggling young family Charles is suddenly faced with making several unexpected and difficult decisions. Is he prepared to allow these people to break through the barriers he’s worked so hard to build and maintain for so long? And, what about the old Chevy truck he’s kept hidden away in the old barn? Does he have the willpower to restore the vehicle that was instrumental in ending his son’s young life? Charles will soon find out that “Chet” mysteriously holds the answers to these questions and more.

Chet: Whispers from the Past is a heartfelt story of dealing with grief and moving forward. It’s about opening one’s heart and accepting that, although the past cannot be changed, it’s never too late to change our attitudes and views on life. I’ve heard it said that the best way to forget our troubles is to help someone else with theirs. When Charles was ready to do this, he found the results were nothing short of miraculous.

Larry Murray is a wonderful writer. His attention to detail is impeccable. At this point, I just might be ready to restore a 1964 Chevy pickup myself. And, the detail related to running a dairy farm was flawless. This book is a little long, so be prepared. It’s no quick and breezy read. David, the fourteen-year-old neighbor boy speaks more like a grown man than a teen, but not so over the top as to be unbelievable. Julie, the mom, is an absolutely lovely character. I found Charles to be a lovable curmudgeon and I quickly became fond of him as well.

Although this book makes mention of “Christian values” I would say it is definitely not preachy at all. It is, however, inspirational and uplifting. I would recommend Chet: Whispers from the Past to anyone who is looking for a charming book filled with wonderful characters and good old fashion values. I fully intend to read the entire Chet series!

5 of 5 Stars, Review by Susan Barton

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