By Scott Wyatt
Genre: Historical Fiction
A sweeping, coming of age romance set in the Pacific Northwest on the brink of WWII. Rejected by classmate and talented swing dancer Sally Springs, high school quarterback Raleigh Starr remains desperate to win her heart. While walking home on Thompson Road, he catches sight of Mona Garrison dancing at her bedroom window.
He is mesmerized.
Determined to dazzle Sally, Raleigh convinces the shy sixteen year old to compete with him in a swing dance contest. After he is swept up in the war, Raleigh realizes too late what Mona has always known: that they are perfect for each other…but he is unaware of the terrible price she has paid for his attention. Thompson Road is a poignant, tender story that reminds us of the power of first love.
Thompson Road pulled at all of my heart strings. It is a beautiful and moving story about a high school teen that is longing for a classmate named Sally who is already going steady with someone else. In order to gain Sally's admiration, he works on a plan with his fifteen year old special needs neighbor, Mona, to teach him how to dance.
The author has created a historical fiction piece about love and how sweet and brutal it can be. This was an emotional read for various reasons. One was how Mona was treated throughout the book. She had a big heart and open personality, yet she was a victim of abuse a number of times due to her mental disability.
I am so happy the author took us through years of these characters lives. I feel it gives readers an opportunity to see how things can turn around unexpectedly with time.
SCOTT WYATT IS THE AUTHOR OF THREE NOVELS: Beyond the Sand Creek Bridge, Dimension M, and Thompson Road. A graduate of Stanford University and the University of Washington Law School, he is an attorney and social activist as well as a fiction and nonfiction writer. He and his wife Rochelle have four children and six grandchildren, and live in Washington State. Find him on Facebook at Scott Wyatt, Author, on Twitter @swyattauthor, and on his website.
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