Book Review: Moving Day by Jonathan Stone (Guest Review!)


Moving Day (click book or see below for description!)
By Jonathan Stone
Releases 6/1/14
Kindle 1st Preview for May

Rating: 4 bones

Guest Review from my husband!  (Hopefully the start of something new!)

Finish time: 5 nights.

So often, we change scenery as an indicator that the next chapter of our lives should be beginning, almost to force the transition. This is the central idea of “Moving Day”, a story about a couple in their 70s whose cross country move to Santa Barbara to enjoy their golden years goes horribly awry, with violent consequences. Stanley Peke and his wife Rose have had a model marriage and raised their children well, although there is a distance between Stanley and his family that seems like it may never be resolved. But as their moving crew, led by Nick, enter their home, Stanley has no idea the transitions that he is about to endure.

I really enjoyed this book, which takes a multilayered look at the “stuff” we carry with us from place to place, and the lengths to which some of us must go to get rid of it. While Stanley’s backstory is far deeper and darker than my own, I found myself identifying with many of his reactions to the events taking place. “Moving Day” manages to be both thought-provoking and action-packed, a great combo. The action and suspense, along with a cross-country flight, allowed me to surpass my usual snail’s pace and finish the book in just five nights (if you are a regular reader of this blog and find yourself dismayed that you can’t finish books as quickly as my wife, don’t worry, I can’t either). I highly recommend “Moving Day”. Although I must admit, the central action of the book has me a bit nervous heading into our own moving week!
Description from Amazon:

Forty years’ accumulation of art, antiques, and family photographs are more than just objects for Stanley Peke—they are proof of a life fully lived. A life he could have easily lost long ago.

When a con man steals his houseful of possessions in a sophisticated moving-day scam, Peke wanders helplessly through his empty New England home, inevitably reminded of another helpless time: decades in Peke’s past, a cold and threadbare Stanislaw Shmuel Pecoskowitz eked out a desperate existence in the war-torn Polish countryside, subsisting on scraps and dodging Nazi soldiers. Now, the seventy-two-year-old Peke—who survived, came to America, and succeeded—must summon his original grit and determination to track down the thieves, retrieve his things, and restore the life he made for himself.

Peke and his wife, Rose, trace the path of the thieves’ truck across America, to the wilds of Montana, and to an ultimate, chilling confrontation with not only the thieves but also with Peke’s brutal, unresolved past.

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