Another Sunset (Sunset #1) by Jason Zandri (Review by #NerdGirlJulie)

Another Sunset

Title: Another Sunset (Sunset #1)

Author: Jason Zandri 

Published Date: November 1st 2014

Genre: Inspirational Fiction

Rating:

1 star1 star1 star1 star

paragraph divider 18

***THIS BOOK WAS PROVIDED TO NERD GIRL IN EXCHANGE FOR AN HONEST REVIEW***

Synopsis

David is a kind drifter who settles in the small Texas town of Westville. His sense, empathy, and awareness are well received by the residents as they welcome and befriend him. He helps a small local girl try to realize her dream and excites and energizes the whole town. The local reporter unravels the mystery of his travels and discovers why he is on his journey. Then, lives change as fate takes a critical turn…

paragraph divider 18
***#NerdGirlJulie’s  Review***
Another Sunset (Sunset #1) by Jason Zandri is a feel-good, standalone novel.  It is heartwarming and inspirational.  I do not believe that Another Sunset would be considered Christian fiction, however, there were a couple aspects of the story that reminded me of the biblical story of Abraham and Sarah’s hospitality.

Set primarily in Westville, Texas.  The town is a bit run down and the population is dwindling, but the folks who remain are good hearted and welcoming.  With an introduction by a known and frequent visitor, Peter Dempsey, David Stephenson easily finds lodging and work.  Through his calm, kind and giving manner, he is quickly taken in by the community.  David is enamored with the spirited eight-year-old, Caroline, who is desperate to have the local library provide access to e-books.  David encourages Caroline to pursue her quest, and he offers to help her in any way he can.  David inspires the whole town to get behind Caroline’s project.

Another Sunset is loaded with great messages about appreciation, living in the moment, and most of all about giving of oneself.

“You are what you choose to be.”

It doesn’t take a lot of money to help out someone in need.

“I owe him everything and he wanted nothing.  The man was an angel when I needed one…”

The plot is leisurely paced, and Zandri maintains the mystery surrounding David, the helpful drifter, through most of the story.  I loved that David’s story is revealed by an aspiring journalist who must follow David’s trail to reveal his mysterious past.  Indirectly, David gave Rebecca, the editor and publisher of Westville’s local paper, a helping hand as well.

Another Sunset is clean and sweet.  There is no sex, no gratuitous swearing, and no violence.  The little bit of a romantic interest is chaste.  There are no major twists and turns in the story; it is not hard to figure out David’s past and future (at least in general), but that does not take away from the enjoyment of the book.   Between David’s story and the stories of the lives he has touched, Another Sunset is a bit of a tear-jerker.  You’d have to have a heart of stone to not be affected by these little reveals and the messages behind them.

“No one is destined for greatness.  That should not deter you from attempting to achieve great things.”

Even with the few flaws (i.e., typos, stiff dialogue, the lack of geographical colloquialisms, and some repetitive scenes towards the end of the book), I would highly recommend this sweet, heart-tugging story to readers of all ages.

 

***Review has been done in conjunction with Nerd Girl Official. For more information regarding our reviews please visit our Fan Site: www.facebook.com/NerdGirl.NG***

GR

amazon Barnes and Noble

http://booklocker.com/books/7745.html

NGO on Twitter!