I'm writing this review after DW finally ended it. So now I'm wondering what to do with my Saturday Afternoons until the next Book starts. Oh, yes, the Review.
When Mike, our hero, buys a Retreat in the foothills, he senses something is happening on the 'haunted' Mountain. He ain't wrong! He discovers a woman and daughter living a squalid existence, which he cannot allow to be. And that starts a series of events which shatters his resolution to retire from the world, and live out the rest of his life quietly as the 'Recluse.'
The story becomes like the proverbial snowball starting life at the top of the mountain, and rolling unstoppably down the mountainside getting bigger and bigger as it progresses.
Now DW has had some help with the story, and it shows in the professional quality of the story. The characters are believable, and the geography is enjoyable, but, alas, things are left hanging without explanation, which suggests further chapters are forthcoming some time in the future. Well, I suppose I can go back and re-read about Florida!
Mike Grayson has pretty much had enough - he's fought as a soldier and now he's back in the States and he wants nothing more than to be a modern hermit, hiding himself away from the world, but the world has another plan for him.
Mike finds a large, rundown farm that is perfect - away from a small township, one old crackpot lady who is ready to move off the mountain and makes him a deal, the first of many for Mike, and although the mountain might be haunted, he takes it.
Further and further Mike finds himself involved back in the world, in the community and building his own extensive family.
It's a beautiful tale of a man who was ready to hide away but would do anything for anyone that he could, and everything he gets in return - a generous, heartwarming story of some hardships, and some funny and great times.
A lot comes easy to Mike through the story, but it always feels earned because he gives so much back to his family and his community and it's a story that makes you think that maybe you should get out there and make a bit of a difference yourself.
The life Mike lives, running a farm and businesses is so unlike mine, but you find the character really relatable, he's an everyman that works hard and benefits from what he puts back in the world.
An interesting part of the story, for me, is that it could almost be a setup for a harem story, and there's many women that come into Mike's life that would easily fall in love with him, but it doesn't always turn out that way - and you're okay with it, because Mike is a great guy.
It's so well written, and so detailed, and brilliantly put together with so many interesting characters you want to know more about all the time/ I swear if you start this one you will not stop until you're up-to-date and begging for the next chapter to come out.