"A Good Kid In Trouble"

I just had the privilege to read another book from one of my favorite Authors, Jack Darnell. He is also the Author of the Shipslog blog. I'm sorta Partial to Jack. Hes one of my favorite peoples. We are from the same area, and have a lot in common despite the age gap. haha.
"You can't say I don't know Jack". Haha.
Go check em out.

I have other blogging friends that have written books as well such as Rick, Diana, Fran, and R.MacWheeler to name a few. I love these people!
Hmmm. Wonder if I can write a book? ha, Na don't think so, I can't even write a blog post that makes sense most of the time.

This is the third book by Darnell I've read. Mary Ann being the first. The second one of his books I read was The Appalachian Trail. I found this book to be very interesting and I even learned some new things. There was a chapter in the AT book that mentioned running up on a troubled boy named Johnny. Not much is said about Johnny but enough to make you wonder where he came from and where he went in life. 

Well the latest book by Jack Darnell is called Johnny, The Trail and Trials will pick up on the Johnny story. I'm glad I read this book as it solved my wondering about this teen. However, you do not have to read the Appalachian Trail to understand this book. You will enjoy it either way.

I loved this book! It was large print and easy to read (which I like). It was interesting from the very beginning. My nose was buried in the pages from the start. The people and places in Jacks books are all so familiar to me as some of the settings often take place in towns and places around me. Though some names have been changed, I can often relate to who the real person is he's talking about. Then again some names stay the same [wink].

While reading this book, I felt like I was actually sucked into the story somehow. [literally]. It was a fun read that would jerk a tear one minute and trigger a laugh the next. There are twists in the story that will make you not want to put this book down. If you have ever lost a loved one, raising or know a teenager or are a teenager yourself, you may be able to relate to this book. 

Again, I am impressed that Jack can write a book while RV traveling with his beautiful wife, remodel a home and keep his blog going daily. I do good just finding time write a comment sometimes. 

Johnny, The Trail of Trials along with Jacks other books are all available on Amazon.com in paperback or e-book.
You will enjoy it. 

"Teenagers aren't bad, just misunderstood".



  1. Oh--- I think I have to look this author up. I love a good story. Thank you for mentioning me, too!!! You're a sweeetie! xo Diana

  2. Thank you. I am always on the hunt for more books - and awed by the writers I have found in the blogosphere.

  3. It's amazing how large the community is for author bloggers

  4. Wow, Thanks for the book review. I enjoyed writing Johnny, it was a fun write. I had a friend ask me how do you chose names of your characters? On the surface it doesn't seem tough, but it is. I chose a name that fits the situations they will face. And Yes, the heroes I use, in my mind can accomplish the things required, even if it is fiction. Fiction is fun.I'm with Diana, you are a sweetie!

  5. Yep. I got Jack's last book. I'm about to look for this one. Also, thanks for the shout out. I think you could write a book. I always enjoy my visits here.

  6. i got jacks book too. good reading material.

  7. Thanks for the book review. I am so far behind on reading. Thanks for your sweet visit. My dad is back in the hospital, so I don't have a lot of free time.