Five years after a work-related fall that left David Durling permanently paralyzed, he and his wife Karen have learned to celebrate their lives instead of mourning their losses, gracefully moving forward, finalizing plans to establish their home in Manistee, Michigan where David will open the newest branch of the family business, Durling & Sons Landscape and Tree Service. It is there where David privately hopes their 17-year-old son Jeff will join him as his partner in four years, after completing college. But the present and the future hold different plans. And after a devastating accident that claims the life of David’s father, David feels compelled to put his own dreams on hold to help his brother, Cal guide their mother through the painful and lonely first stages of widowhood. After all, it was through the unbridled devotion of Cal and his parents that David and his family were able to cope so well after his accident. But with the move to Manistee on hold, the private as well as known hopes and dreams of other family members – both living and those who have passed on ... begin to unravel. And it takes the arrival of an unexpected visitor into the Durling’s home to help each member reestablish the lesson of how fragile and fleeting life can be; and how perseverance, despite any obstacle can light the path from defeat to a dream fulfilled.
A painful and beautiful tale at the same time, My Father’s House draws on one family’s struggle with loss, grief, anger, jealously, and unconditional love that triumphs over all. This second installment of the Durling Story will leave you breathless, yet full of hope and clarity on how life’s most devastating moments can be made beautiful through perseverance, respect and courage.
My Father’s House is the second novel by author Barbara Petee. It is the sequel to One Step From Grace, also published by 1st Books Library.