The Johnson’s—Dr. Samuel Johnson, his wife Tabitha and Samuel’s parents, Maxine and Samuel, Sr.–have had a tumultuous four-day wedding trip that would destroy most families. Tabitha makes a fool of herself trying to get Samuel’s attention at the wedding but Samuel is too busy to notice. He is having a torrid liaison with Kat, the gorgeous maid of honor half his age. After missing their flight home, the family lays waste to the Savannah Airport: unearthing dark secrets, sharing unbelievable confessions, and turning their eight-hour layover into an episode of some sleazy talk show. But, as the third story begins, Samuel and Tabitha have taken a step in the right direction. They put a patch on their differences, eschew their trip back home to Pittsburgh, and enjoy a night of hot sex in a Savanah hotel that they’ve never enjoyed before in their marriage. Tragedy will strike Maxine as Senior’s heartless actions put her over the edge. But Tabitha and Samuel will attempt to pull the entire family together once and for all…for the Long Journey Home
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Book of Samuel, Johnson Family Chronicles, Book 1
Stranded in the Savannah, Georgia Airport after a family wedding, Dr. Samuel Johnson—a Gynecologist—his wife and his parents confront their family emotional baggage even as their Louis Vitton luggage makes its way to the families final destination. During his eight-hour layover in Savannah, Samuel discovers the painful secrets that mull his father’s past, suffers through the erratic behavior of his mother, and even his lovely even-keeled wife has acquired an inexplicably hard edge. He is also forced to confront the fact that he has grown weary of his all-consuming medical practice and longs for another life. As tensions rise, more and more secrets are revealed as the airport becomes the family’s battleground. Can Samuel find a way to make things right?
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The Long Goodbye, Johnson Family Chronicles, Book 2
Under the sweltering Savannah sun, magnolia trees bloom and a posh wedding takes place. The happy couple, open bar, opulent favors and scrumptious food are merely window dressing for the real drama…Fifty-five-year-old Samuel is mesmerized by Kat, the gorgeous maid of honor who is half his age and is doubly interested in him. Samuel’s wife, Tabitha, fights desperately to draw his attentions back to her and their floundering marriage. Meanwhile, Samuel’s mother, Maxine, runs into a man from her past. As the liquor flows, lips are loosened and the truth wins out. Will Samuel be led astray by the promise of restoring his own waning youth? Will Maxine find new love with an old flame?
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About the Author
Hi Everyone! James Robinson, Jr. is so formal; call me Jim. People have also referred to me as James, Jay, Jayzer, and even Jimbo. (You can thank my middle daughter for the Jimbo thing. Kids have no respect for authority these days.) I’m a sixty-year-old father of three, thirty-plus daughters and grandfather of four who has been battered by gravity unmercilessly (see Fighting the Effects of Gravity). I was late getting into the writing game. Mainly because I was busy having children and trying to keep them fed.
I have written and published most of the books that you see here since 2012. My first book, Fighting the Effects of Gravity, was a long-term project that I started long before the digital revolution. My next book, Death of a Shrinking Violet, consists of 13 essays including the memorable entry, “Damn You Sam’s Club!” My latest work, a novella, is my first foray into the world of fiction. Along the way, I have managed to take home two Five-Star Readers’ Favorite Reviews and become an Indie Excellence and Readers’ Favorite Award finalist.
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This is the first book I’ve read by James Robinson and I’m pleased to say I thoroughly enjoyed it. I was worried that by starting at book 3 of the Johnson Family Legacy series I would be lost and not know what was going on, this wasn’t the case at all and this book can definitely be enjoyed as a stand alone novel. As a side note though, I would like to go back and read books one and two to learn more about the characters, especially Maxine who I adored!
Lots of adult romances take a while to build up the sexual tension between characters, not this one! This one dives straight in to the good stuff as Samuel and his wife Tabitha get reacquainted with each other in the hallway of the hotel they hastily booked in an attempt to rescue their marriage. They discover more than each other’s bodies throughout this story which is a beautiful twist on a second chance romance. Whilst Samuel and Tabitha have been together the entire time, they discover they were miles apart not only from each other but also from other family members.
One of my favourite parts of this book is where Samuel discovers that his children avoid coming home from the holidays because of him, and instead of dwelling on this and feeling sorry for himself, he steps up. He picks up the phone and calls his son, I also love the use of text messages in the book, my favourite of these is between the two brothers whilst discussing their Father’s change of character.
Whilst one marriage is saved, another sadly falls apart. Samuel Senior abandons his wife in brutal fashion at the airport to start a life with his second family. Maxine feels cast aside like an old rag doll, the shock leads to a period of depression and an attempt to take her own life. I really felt for Maxine during this part of her life and feel that the author handled the suicide attempt sensitively and created a narrative where you as the reader are concerned for the well being of his characters. As Maxine recovers and comes to learn that her son saved her life and that she is loved and needed she grows strong enough to face her demons head on.
She enters rehab to tackle addiction and again Robinson handles this sensitively and intellectually without pushing for shock value or tabloid style drama. Maxine for me is the character that grows the most through this story and I love her.
This book is jam packed with love, sex, family, addiction, mental health, heartbreak, joy, jealousy and new found friendship I can barely even begin to scratch the surface in this review without spoilers so please go and read this book! I devoured this story in one day and highly recommend this as a summer read for 2018!
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