September’s Song

Ryan Jo

WOMEN'S FICTION:  A man awakes in a strange room, having no idea how he got there. He realizes he has no memories of anything — including his identity. The only clue is a military I.D. in a battered duffle bag. He spies a vent and quickly plots an escape. Once out, he finds a homeless shelter run by Father Patrick. Widow Ivey London still deeply mourns the loss of her husband, Keegan, five years ago. Her son, too young to remember much of his father or the closed casket military funeral, begins to act furtively. He paints portraits of a stranger he meets on the way to school. Ivey is afraid something terrible is going on with her son, so she makes him take her to the man that he has been painting. Imagine her surprise when she learns it is her “dead” husband, Keegan, very much alive but with no memory of her!

“September’s Song” takes the reader on an emotional roller coaster ride. Keegan and Ivey experience a wide range of emotions; anger, bewilderment, and anguish as they try to solve this complicated puzzle the military has made of Keegan’s life. This is not the typical second-chance novel. Ivey suffers through a funeral for him, believing him dead before he miraculously finds his way back to her. Father Patrick is written with wit and wisdom for his foundlings. It takes time for Keegan to develop, since his memory is completely wiped clean. “September’s Song” is a unique story that captures the reader’s attention and keeps them sitting on the edge of their seat until the conclusion. A definite must have for any library!

Belinda Wilson