4 out of 4 stars
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Jed by Jim Wetton is a beautiful story of a loving young boy with a good heart, who has a wanderlust so great that all he can think about is finding his great adventure. Beginning in the 1830s we are able to follow Jed’s life through his teens into his adulthood, through all his trials, triumphs, and life lessons that he finds himself in.
When we first meet Jed, he is begging his parents to allow him to travel out west with family friends. Even though they have hopes that Jed will follow in his father's footsteps and become the pastor of their local church, his parents agree to allow him to travel to Independence, Missouri. It is in Missouri that Jed finds love, starts his own family, and discovers a whole new set of opportunities to satisfy his wanderlust. As we follow Jed through his life we’re able to see him through two wars that begin to form the United States that we know today. Through all of his trials and adventures, Jed realizes that he is missing a certain type of peace that can’t be found in wars, and exploration. It is through a series of difficult choices that he must make to fight his demons and achieve his peace or to continue on his path of wander.
I thoroughly enjoyed this book, so much so that I would have to say that it is one of the best ones that I’ve read in a long time. I was completely enthralled from the very beginning. Wetton’s description of life during the 1800s made me feel as if I were actually on the American frontier. The dialogue was fun, dramatic, and endearing. I fell in love with Jed and the rest of his family, I reveled in their achievements, and my heart broke with theirs with every tragedy they had to overcome.
I’d have to say that there really wasn’t anything that I disliked about the book. It was well written and thought out. It also had the feel of a professionally edited novel, any mistakes were minute and easily overlooked. Other than being emotionally destroyed by several tragedies, which honestly just added to the magnificence of the book, I loved every page of it. There were also many charming illustrations throughout the book that added to its appeal.
I wholeheartedly give Jed by Jim Wetton a 4 out of 4 stars. I was enthralled by the very beginning, and feel that it would appeal to many people. Other than the occasional innuendo after Jed and his wife married, the book is very clean with minimal swearing. The battle scenes and deaths are described with hardly any bloodshed, which flows well with the rest of the novel and will work for those who do not wish to stomach blood and gore. I feel that history buffs and book lovers, in general, would love reading it.
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