The Old Man and The Watch: Searching For The Long Road Home by Jo Jewell
One small, seemingly insignificant act can change lives forever…..for generations.
For a chosen few, a pocket watch holds mysterious power over new beginnings. The watch-belonging to Morgan’s brother and was given to Morgan after his beloved brother’s tragic death in a farming accident when they were children…..plays an integral part in the life of the one who holds it.
Kerri Perry survived a car accident, but her childhood sweetheart did not. She has lived her life as a mere existence, for she carries the weight guilt and shame from that fateful night……that is, until she is bequeathed the pocket watch. She is a loner hiding from the world in her one-bedroom, third-floor apartment until the day a missed phone call changes her life forever.
Kerri returns the stranger’s call. Their initial conversation is tense, but the loner and the old man who placed the original call, Morgan, develop an intimate friendship founded on the stories Morgan shares with Kerri about his early life. Once their relationship moves from infrequent phone calls to in-person meetings at Morgan’s lavish estate, Kerri learns something that once again changes her life.
Who is next in line to receive the pocket watch……and what secrets will it reveal?
Paperback: 294 Pages
Publisher: Pen It! Publications, LLC; Second edition (October 8, 2018) Language: English
Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.7 x 9 inches
Genre: Fiction, Family Life, Mystery, Thriller, Suspense
Review From Deb Rust-February 2019
Deb Rust to Author Jo Jewell Tom thoroughly enjoyed your books that I gave him for Christmas. He finished them long before New Years Day. He started in and then was enraptured by the trilogy. So much so that I’d told him I was not buying anymore books for a year (I was ignored 😔). Thanks for sharing your wonderful talent!!
He has already put his order in for The Glory Plains: The Raising of a Thousand Voices
Review from Pen It! Publications
5.0 out of 5 stars
A fantastic read
January 24, 2019
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this book. The story is fascinating. There is love and hate…good and evil…and twists and turns. Can’t wait to read the other books in this series.
Review from Wanda Williams
5.0 out of 5 stars
Amazing story with wonderful characters!
January 15, 2019
I am an editor and was given the third book in this series to edit. Upon completion I immediately purchased this book. This is a new author but she has the ability to create characters that are so relatable that you are pulled into their story. What a story it is! It was hard to put this book down because as I said you were pulled into it from the start. I found myself catching my breath often as the story unfolded. I was intrigued with the connections between the characters and their commitment to each other and to helping others. I would definitely recommend this series. I have not been disappointed in the three I have read so far.
Review from Teresa H. Garcia
5.0 out of 5 stars
January 20, 2019
This book was the chosen book for one of the book clubs I am part of. However, it is one I had wanted to read before it had been chosen. It was a good opportunity for me to set the time to read it. It certainly also made being ill much more tolerable.
I greatly enjoyed how detailed and interwoven the plot was. The characters came alive for me and constantly had me in a state of “what’s next.” I also enjoyed the extremely light touch of the paranormal. It certainly does not fall into the paranormal for me, but when you have a watch that chooses when to tick and a ghost making light entrance due to the power of love that does have to be acknowledged.
I hated Aman. The foreshadowing is very well done. It is a book I will have to keep in mind to introduce to other groups.
Review from Paula Rose Michelson
5.0 out of 5 stars
A Gripping, yet Tender Must Read!
December 31, 2018
This was an amazing read! Few new authors I have read show the depth of these characters, yet are able to keep me wondering where the story will take me. That literary newcomer Jo Jewell did this so well that I was compelled to finish the read in one day is amazing.
Never in the almost 300 books I’ve read and reviewed have I felt the range of emotions for so many people… Yes! People Not Characters.
If you’re looking for a unique book which shows how one phone call can changes the lives many, this Is The Book for you.
Author Paula Rose Michelson writes Inspirational Christian Romances and other books. Her Children’s Christian faith fictions are penned under the name Paula Rose.
Review from Kathi Linz
5.0 out of 5 stars
It All Ties Together
January 8, 2019
The book starts strong with one character, but then she disappears for a good chunk of the book. Never fear, the story ties together in a strong and excellent conclusion.
About The Author:
I call myself a mountain woman. In truth, I was born on the dreary flat-lands of Indiana on May 20, 1955. World population was 2.780 billion, Eisenhower was President, unemployment was 5.5%, Cher was nine years old on that day, and you could mail a letter for .03 cents. Luckily, the dinosaurs were gone, and fire had been invented by then.
I moved to Tennessee to the foot of The Great Smoky Mountains in 1998, after the death of my son. For some reason, as I crossed the state line, my heart leapt for joy, there was a settling of my soul, and I silently whispered, I’m finally home. Some ancestral link, some pre-historic pull, had led me back to where I was meant to be. I have been writing since the age of six. I won my first regional poetry contest in second grade. Though it was a school assignment, and I had no choice but to share, for the past fifty-two years I have written for myself and only a chosen few in the past few years.
Writing to me is as life sustaining as breathing, as a beating heart. I have written for newspapers, had my own local column, shared stories of my life for my friends to make them laugh, sigh, cry, or more importantly, to think. I wrote puppet shows for our mentally handicapped facility, inspirational short stories for church services, and a series of articles that led to a testimony before the Maryland State Senate and the creation of the bill: Maryland Task Force for Abused, Abandoned, and Neglected Children. As long as it meant I could write, I wrote. I can’t tell you where this passion came from, I can’t tell you one incident that caused me to start writing and not stop. I have no memory of “starting.”
I seemed to have always had a pen and paper close at hand. It was a wonderful day when I got my first word processor, and then I advanced with technology to the computer. My inspiration comes from this busy, messy, disorganized chaos we call Life. I ask a lot of what-ifs. I look into cars next to me at a stop light, and build their life stories. I see an argument between two people, and I watch their gestures, their body language and I ask, what if?
I find inspiration in the quiet of a morning, in the blaze of a sunset, in sitting in a busy café, or with my back against a tree, just watching and listening. There is always a story being whispered in the wind. Last summer, I received a call on my cell phone from an unfamiliar number. I have always feared that someone might be calling for help, (my mind works differently), and so I returned the call to explain they dialed my number by mistake. An older gentleman on the other end was somewhat suspicious at first, but three hours later, we hung up as friends. A very close friendship was born from that wrong number. After hanging up, I asked, “What if?” The Old Man and The Watch was conceived. I hope you enjoy reading this story as much as the characters enjoyed telling their story.
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