Book Review – Doxology by Brian Holers

Brief Summary

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 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 exile upon himself by fleeing the family for a new life far away. Now his father, Vernon’s brother, is dying and Vernon agrees to retrieve him for his brother’s sake.


Devastatingly poignant. The synergy between all the characters and their personal issues make this story incredibly moving.

Outstanding journey. Vernon and Jody travel difficult paths in an effort to make sense of their lives and that of their family. Secrets are revealed and insights are gained leading to new levels of understanding for Jody.

Xtraordinary characterisations. Each of the characters has a strong story and this comes across eloquently.

Original concept and story. One of the great things about this novel is how different it is. There are precious few books that concentrate on male perspective and relationships between male family members. I particularly liked the relationship between Leonard and Vernon.

Lovely story. Although there’s sadness in this story it demonstrates how people can learn to adapt to the hand they’ve been dealt, especially with all the strife they have endured. They gain a kind of understanding about themselves as individuals and about their family.

Offers a slightly different take on the concept of faith. There are religious connotations running through the story, but I felt the theory behind the faith was more about family and the relationships within.

Genuinely emotive. Leonard’s terminal illness and his desire to see his estranged children before his time runs out tugs on the heartstrings. You feel his sorrow and pain through the words of the author.

YES! I would definitely recommend it!

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, on Twitter,  on Facebook

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.

Read an excerpt from Doxology>

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1 thought on “Book Review – Doxology by Brian Holers

  1. Great review, Carlie! I LOVE that you review in acrostic poetry – so, so creative 😀 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,

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