Misfortune and rejection shadowed Eddie Brooks in his early years. His birth parents were swept away in the unruly Susquehanna River during an ice storm that paralyzed Stonington, Pennsylvania, in the winter of 1953. After a brief stay in a distant orphanage, Eddie was placed in a dysfunctional foster care arrangement with a childless couple back in Stonington, but the foster plan imploded after a neighborhood tragedy that took the life of Eddie's pal. Ostracized by his community and rescued by a family in Chestnut Ridge, a town far in the distance on the other side of the wide river, Eddie grew and blossomed, but there were still unsettled issues to confront in Stonington. As a young adult, Eddie finally returned to face his demons, and along the way, he discovered the otherworldly assistance that had been at his beck and call all along.
By first-time author, Frederick Giel, the book is an emotional rollercoaster, having twists and turns that will leave the reader breathless. With its colorful characters, infectious humor, and constant tug at heartstrings, readers will enjoy the ride!"
Readers meet 5-year-old Eddie Brooks as he waits for the social worker to retrieve him from the foster family who has decided he is no longer wanted. The story then flashes back to Eddie’s past.
This well-thought out story offers readers unexpected turns and no easy answers, made all the more intriguing by a pair of mystery characters whose ultimate identity adds a bit of a supernatural twist to the tale. Eddie is a sympathetic, complex young man, and the small-town people in his life are largely good-hearted, loving characters that readers will find engaging. In sum, Willowgate Park is an ...
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