Author: James L. Rubart
Publisher: Thomas Nelson
Release Date: August 9, 2016
Rating: 5 Stars
Reviewer: Jessica Higgins
A story so beautifully written it doesn’t need to be read, it needs to be absorbed into everything you have and believe.
Jake Palmer had everything going for him including a great wife and a promising career as a corporate trainer helping others to see deeper into themselves. After suffering a horrible injury, he is left a widow and doesn’t believe anything of what he teaches. Every year he takes a vacation with his closest friends at a lake house. This year he doesn’t want to go and be around those closest to him, but he reluctantly agrees. His only term is that they go somewhere else for a change of scenery. When he arrives, Jake hears the legend of Willow Lake. Legend has it that Willow Lake has a lost corridor that leads to a place where one’s deepest longings will be fulfilled. He knows it is ridiculous, but can’t help but hope that it is real for many reasons. The more he looks into it, the more he hears of the legend and speculations of the corridor. He wants to fix his crumbling life and find his deepest desires. With each step he takes through the corridor, the more danger he encounters.
James Rubart has written an outstanding novel with Jake Palmer. The writing was crisp, clean and completely enthralling. It wasn’t a thriller keeping you on the edge of your seat turning the page, but the pages turned faster than ever. There was tension on every page. The characters brought each situation to life. It has been a long time since I felt so much vested interest into the life of the characters I am reading. There is a powerful message here of redemption and challenges that we can all relate to on some level. We may not all face the same struggles that Jake does, but we all have struggles. Watching Jake Palmer face his struggles and come out the way he did gives hope for redemption on so many levels.
Writing about the spiritual realm is a very difficult task. I’ve read many books that deal with this topic and this book has to go towards the top of the list of the very best. If Rubart can continue to write stories equivalent to The Long Journey to Jake Palmer, he is going to be an author not to be missed. Now I need to sit and let the message of this story resonate for a while before I can pick anything else up to read and hope it will be half as good. Not likely.
I received a complimentary copy of this book from Harper Collins in exchange for an honest and thorough review. The opinions expressed within are my own.