07 March, 2012

Doxology by Brian Holers

Vernon Davidson is an angry man. After a lifetime of abuse and loss the 61-year-old is ready to get back at God, his co-workers, and everyone else is in his north Louisiana hometown. He drinks too much to numb the pain, shuns his friends and embarrasses himself in the community. The once-cautious Vernon spirals into a reckless mess. 

Only when he is reunited with his estranged nephew Jody is he forced to confront his situation. Jody is struggling in equal parts after inflicting a self-imposed exile upon himself by fleeing the family, and thereby himself, for a new life thousands of miles away. Now his father, Vernon's brother, is dying and Vernon agrees to retrieve him for his brother's sake.

Jody embarks on a reluctant journey back to his Louisiana home and the two men together embark on a journey that will ultimately change their lives. 

Have ever read a book that was so good that it left you speechless? If you have, then you know how I feel about this particular book.

The story begins when Vernon Davidson’s dying brother requests him to bring his sons home. At first Vernon seems to be an alcoholic, destructive person who simply has no faith. Slowly as the plot evolves we get to see many facets of his life that allows the readers to understand his psyche. Vernon’s nephew Jody is the second most prominent character in the novel. Though both Vernon and his nephew had their own grievances, on the surface, Jody seemed to have handled his life better. But has he? Both, uncle and nephew are forced to stop and confront the truths and lies of their own lives and how they manage and cope with it all.

Written from the point of view of both Vernon & Jody, this is a story of three generations tied together by love, loss, abuse and redemption. The blood ties depicted through the Davidson family is really amazing. Also the author has done a brilliant job in building and portraying the characters in this novel.  They all seem very real instead of fictional or larger than life. Striking language of the story painted a vivid picture in my mind. It was almost like watching it all happen in front of my (mind’s) eye! Also, the author’s sense of humour has added to the flavor of the story.

But what I loved the most about this book is the Emotional quotients portrayed throughout the book. Call me a feminist, but I have never read anything so ‘emotional’ written by a man. No offense to all the other male writers, but somewhere down the line, I find that they are usually unable to tap into emotions as well as the female authors do. But Brian Holers has managed to break through that and has captured the true essence of emotional ties/bonds that make a family.

This is an amazing book! Looking forward to reading more from this author.

P.S: I am researching ‘Southern Accent’ so that I can ‘read’ the dialogues better when I read this book a second time.

Disclaimer: I received a free e-book from Novel Publicity for review purpose. Beside that I did not receive any kind of payment or benefit from the author or the publishers for reviewing this book.

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About the book: Fathers, sons and brothers reconnect over tragedy in this blue-collar Southern tale of love, loss, and the healing power of community and family.
Get it on Amazon or Barnes & Noble. 
About the author: An arborist by day and a novelist in every moment he can steal, Brian makes up stories from the treetops. 
Visit Brian on his website, Twitter, Facebook, or GoodReads.


  1. Good review! It's always nice to find fictional characters that are very human. :P

  2. Book sounds cool :D
    nice review and i have tweeted :D

  3. Thanks for stopping by my blog. I'm a new GFC follower and I tweeted for you. Great blog! Donna

  4. Thanks for stopping by and love seeing reviews of books I like too. :) I thought he also brought the place in as a character in itself and that was the first time I'd read something like that.

    Are you on Goodreads?

    And I'm stalking you now... hehe

  5. Thanks for stopping by my blog! I loved your review, I am reading it as well, but have had things going on and have gotten behind on my reading! I'm hoping to have it read and reviewed shortly! So far, it's a great book! I'm a stalker now as well! ;)

  6. Hey Steph... Thank you for stopping by! Like I said, I love my Stalkers!!!
    Lemme know when you put up the review - so that I don't miss it - would love see some other POVs as well...

  7. Good to see you on my blog. It's fascinating to see what different readers take from the same book.

    1. Everyone has their own way of accepting a story -- and it is really interesting to see, who sees what!!

  8. Important to share our doubts about faith. Otherwise what comfort can it offer us, right?

  9. I like your review. I thought I'd stop by and check out yours since you came by and saw mine :). Thanks. I like your blog by the way, very nice motif. (if anyone wants to check out mine-here it is: http://personalliterarybookfrenzy.blogspot.com/2012/03/book-tour-reviewby-moi-interview-guest.html)

  10. This is just phenomenal D, and I thank you so much for your interest and for taking the time to do the review. I worked so long and so hard on this book, you know it is never going to be perfect but when I felt I had told the story I set out to tell, I called it done. Four years later :) It is also so interesting to see the different messages people take from the book, sometimes messages I didn't even know where there. Once again thank you for your interest, and I'm so glad you enjoyed Doxology.

  11. Very good review. Thanks for the invite. I'll need to get this book asap!

  12. Glad to see you enjoyed the book! :) It's definitely an interesting read.

  13. Krystla Larson8 March 2012 at 08:42

    I love that you're reading up on Southern accents-I can totally see what you mean now ;)

  14. I like the way you tackled this review. I made sure to join the ranks of your followers.

  15. Great review, Debdatta! I'm so pleased that you enjoyed Doxology as much as you did. I know what you mean about men not always hitting the same emotional highs in their writing; it's what makes Brian special ;-) Would you kindly cross-post this stunning review to Amazon and GoodReads to help up exposure for the wonderfully friendly author?

    Thanks for being a part of this tour,

    1. BTW, I have a special place in my heart for Desi book bloggers. There are not enough out there!

    2. Thanks Emlyn! Your's & Brian's Comment are extra special... :)

      Its already on Goodreads and just put up on amazon too!

  16. As I had said before you have a knack for book reviews.. Good one again!!