Monday, July 22, 2013

BLOG TOUR: The Reluctant Blogger by Ryan Rapier


ABOUT THE BOOK

Todd knows he is in a bad place. That’s why he went to a therapist in the first place, and that alone took a lot of doing. So when Dr. Schenk threatens to stop their sessions unless Todd puts in more effort, he grasps at the last available straw: a personal blog that will force Todd to confront his demons.

Ever since he lost his wife, Todd has not been the same. He’s been forced to Single Adult activities at church, and everyone seems to expect him to just forget Marci and get married again—especially when he meets Emily, who makes him smile and starts to bring him out of his depression. But dating again is hard when Todd has three kids of his own, not to mention an overbearing father and friends with their own problems.

This beautifully woven and emotional tale is both heartbreaking and humorous. Championing friendship, love, and family, Ryan Rapier deals adeptly with the everyday struggles we face as well as the strongest ties that keep us together. You’re sure to fall in love with this magnificent tale of redemption, forgiveness, and new beginnings.


ABOUT THE AUTHOR

Ryan Rapier is an Arizona native and through the course of his life has come face to face with a rattlesnake more than once. For that reason alone, he would likely have left the desert behind years ago were it not for one thing—the luxury of year-round golf. When Ryan isn’t on the course or in front of a computer screen, he can usually be found chasing behind his four children or doing errands for his amazing wife in the isolated beautiful valley they have both called home forever. Ryan’s further thoughts and opinions that concern nobody but himself can be found at his website, www.ryansrapierwit.com.

REVIEW

Todd misses his wife desperately but he doesn't want to talk about it, not even with his therapist.  When his therapist insists he keep a blog in order to express his thoughts and feelings he agrees reluctantly. Between a best friend and father who want him to date and marry again and his three children, he feels like he has enough to handle, but when he meets Emily he slowly starts to open up and embrace life again.  But life has a way of throwing hurdles in one's path and Todd must find a way to face them.

There are books that are unrealistic but enjoyable enough that one overlooks the unbelievable parts.  Other books seem so real that the characters could walk through the door at any minute. The Reluctant Blogger is one of the latter.  Todd came through as such a normal person facing the challenges and heartaches that life tends to deliver, but also the good things.  The book reads like someone's journal except maybe a little more detailed than most.  I quickly came to sympathize with Todd and his heartache as he struggled to deal with the death of his wife.   When I start to feel the same things the character feels I know the author has done a good job and Rapier has done a good job here.  LDS culture does come into play here but not in an intrusive way. Recommended.


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