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Final Service (Hardcover) (Gary W. Moore)

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“He arrived unannounced, where and when she needed him most . . .”Forty-year-old Sandy Richards is a successful music teacher, wife, and mother living a comfortable middle class life in a small Midwestern town. But behind her warm smile and easy laugh is a heavy burden she cannot release.During her childhood, Sandy (or “Shadow” as just about everyone knew her) was inseparable from her larger-than-life father, a World War II hero she adored. Sandy followed him everywhere, hung on his every word, and loved him with all her heart as only a young child can. Sometimes loving him was more difficult than others, especially when he was there and then he was gone—right in front of her eyes without ever leaving the house.For reasons she would not fully understand until many years later, something went horribly wrong and their relationship fractured, seemingly forever, when her father died of lung cancer on one long hot summer evening. His passing left Shadow alone to “sort through his warehouse of junk,” an old storage facility jammed with emotions so overwhelming they balanced her on the edge of suicide. Then, when and where she needed him most, a stranger entered her life. And everything changed once more.Inspired by real events, The Final Service offers a riveting story about human nature, emotional abandonment, and how unfulfilled dreams left a middle-aged woman on the brink of personal destruction until one event forever altered the core of her belief system and her life. It is a story of faith, family, and forgiveness, and the realization that forces larger and more powerful than ourselves are at work in our lives in ways we are unable to fully understand.
Number of Pages: 173
Genre: Fiction + Literature Genres
Sub-Genre: General
Format: Hardcover
Publisher: Casemate Pub & Book Dist Llc
Author: Gary W. Moore
Language: English
Street Date: May 4, 2016
TCIN: 51017037
UPC: 9781611212945
Item Number (DPCI): 248-14-2652
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He unraveled my heart as he unraveled his characters

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ndzied1 2 years ago
It is hard to deal with the hard subjects addressed in The Final Service but Gary Moore has a way of taking heavy themes and making them accessible. Through masterful storytelling, he slowly unraveled my heart as he unraveled his characters in this compelling tale. I was quickly invested in his cha...see moreof the reviewer's review
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This book will make your heart smile

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Karen 2 years ago
The Final Service is a wonderfully touching book I read in 2 sittings. I was so drawn into the characters I felt like I knew them, cared about them and I couldn't wait to see what happened next. In many ways, it's like reading a parable, not just a story. Gary W Moore's carefully chosen words teach ...see moreof the reviewer's review
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A must read!

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5 out of 5 stars
Sheri 2 years ago
"Relationships can be fragile alliances." This is one of my favorite quotes from the book, among many. However, this quote sums up the plot, as well as the many subplots in life of this amazing story written by Gary. He has a very easy-going style of writing and yet so descriptive, which makes for a...see moreof the reviewer's review
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Great Summer Read - really anytime

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5 out of 5 stars
JoyceF4315 2 years ago
You will be compelled to read this novel from best-selling author, Gary W. Moore, in one setting. Afterwards look at your parents in a different light and get to know your true mom and dad. This book will show you that there are many stories of your parents that you don’t know but should. Those stor...see moreof the reviewer's review
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A must read!

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5 out of 5 stars
Sheri 2 years ago
"Relationships can be fragile alliances." This is one of my favorite quotes from the book, among many. However, this quote sums up the plot, as well as the many subplots in life of this amazing story written by Gary. He has a very easy-going style of writing and yet so descriptive, which makes for a...see moreof the reviewer's review
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Great Summer Read - really anytime

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5 out of 5 stars
JoyceF4315 2 years ago
You will be compelled to read this novel from best-selling author, Gary W. Moore, in one setting. Afterwards look at your parents in a different light and get to know your true mom and dad. This book will show you that there are many stories of your parents that you don’t know but should. Those stor...see moreof the reviewer's review
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A story worthy of your dime.

5 out of 5 stars
magmae 2 years ago
The Final Service does not disappoint as it introduces us to Sandy, an adult who loses her father to cancer, but already had lost him long ago as a child when he would drink and retreat in to silence. As she begins to go through the items he left behind she realizes she never got to know her father ...see moreof the reviewer's review
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Keep the tissues handy!

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5 out of 5 stars
MiChan870 2 years ago
This is an emotionally wonderful story about life and death, how we see our parents throughout our lifetime, and how events that have happened to us help mold us into the people we are. It had me reevaluating the relationships I have with not only my aging parents, but with my children as well. I h...see moreof the reviewer's review
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