Suzy Approved Book Tour Review: The Road To Delano by John DeSimone

Posted 26 February, 2020 by Molly(Cover To Cover Cafe) in Book Reviews / 0 Comments

Suzy Approved Book Tour Review: The Road To Delano by John DeSimone
Title: The Road to Delano
Author: John DeSimone
Published by Rare Bird Books
Date Published: March 10, 2020
Pages: 320
Genres: Historical Fiction
Format: ARC
Source: Publisher
Purchase: Amazon
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Jack Duncan is a high school senior whose dream is to play baseball in college and beyond―as far away from Delano as possible. He longs to escape the political turmoil surrounding the labor struggles of the striking fieldworkers that infests his small ag town. Ever since his father, a grape grower, died under suspicious circumstances ten years earlier, he’s had to be the sole emotional support of his mother, who has kept secrets from him about his father’s involvement in the ongoing labor strife.

With their property on the verge of a tax sale, Jack drives an old combine into town to sell it so he and his mother don’t become homeless. On the road, an old friend of his father’s shows up and hands him the police report indicating Jack’s father was murdered. Jack is compelled to dig deep to discover the entire truth, which throws him into the heart of the corruption endemic in the Central Valley. Everything he has dreamed of is at stake if he can’t control his impulse for revenge.

While Jack’s girlfriend, the intelligent and articulate Ella, warns him not to so anything to jeopardize their plans of moving to L.A., after graduation, Jack turns to his best friend, Adrian, a star player on the team, to help to save his mother’s land. When Jack’s efforts to rescue a stolen piece of farm equipment leaves Adrian―the son of a boycotting fieldworker who works closely with Cesar Chavez―in a catastrophic situation, Jack must bail his friend out of his dilemma before it ruins his future prospects. Jack uses his wits, his acumen at card playing, and his boldness to raise the money to spring his friend, who has been transformed by his jail experience.

The Road to Delano is the path Jack, Ella, and Adrian must take to find their strength, their duty, their destiny.

I received a complimentary copy of this book from the Author/Publisher and was under no obligation to post a review, positive or negative.

My Thoughts
Have you read a book that made you feel like it was a movie, playing on the big screen? I find them sometimes and I love them! This one was one of those such novels and I was so happy to be introduced to DeSimone’s work. From start to finish of this novel, I was hooked, taken on a roller coaster ride of ups and downs. The characters were wonderful for their roles in the story and the plot line was instantly gripping.
I absolutely loved Jack’s character. I have two teen sons so I instantly connected with him. He’s a teenager who wants to chase his dreams. But, when a discovery is made about his father’s death, things don’t work out as he wants them to and the pages start to fly as his dreams get put on hold to help his mom save their farm. Add into the mix, Jack’s friend Adrian who’s family are field workers and dealing with a strike……this book as so many wonderfully written twists.
This novel is magnificently written. It’s page turning, soul gripping and absolutely a keeper. DeSimone’s talent is magnified in this story and I highly recommend historical lovers, and thriller lovers alike to grab this book. It’s got a perfect combination of perfectly chiseled characters and a thoroughly researched story line. It’s definitely unforgettable and I’m looking forward to taking another trip within the pages of another piece by this author. Don’t delay. Order your copy today!

About John DeSimone

John DeSimone is a professional memoir ghostwriter, editor, and novelist. He began working as a freelance editor for A-1 Editorial where he performed developmental and copy editing for both novelists and non-fiction writers. He guided authors through the developmental process of refining their voice and subject matter for publication. During that time he edited over a hundred books, both fiction and nonfiction.

For seven years, he worked with Christian Manuscript Critique Service, where he worked with Christian writers in both a developmental and copy editing capacity. He shepherded many authors into publication through detailed analysis and editing of their manuscripts.

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