Richard’s Relics by Grace Augustine (Book Spotlight)
by Grace Augustine
February 26, 2016
War and its remnants are cruel. Just ask Richard Dempsey, a Vietnam Vet.
Richard served his turn in Vietnam, but came home a changed man. Plagued with nightmares of the past, Richard and his friends go on a life changing trip back to modern day Saigon. Their hope…to slay the dragons that stole so much of their lives.
Each deals with his own demons. Each has life changing experiences. Each finds out the importance of friendship and family.[clear]
A glimmer of recognition in Toby’s eyes and a slight nod of acknowledgment was all Devon needed to continue.
“I wanted to see how you’re doing, sir.”
“Truthfully, son, I have no clue,” Toby began. “I don’t know why I’m here. I don’t remember anything. The officers said I shot two people, killed a dog. I don’t even know who the people were or why it happened. I remember nothing.”
“I want to help you figure all of this out, Mr. Henderson. I think I know a way I can do that.”
“Where is Chief? I know he would help, too.”
Devon took a moment to gather his thoughts. He didn’t know exactly how to handle this situation. It was certain he was not going to divulge any information about the incident at Richard’s house since Toby had no recollection of it.
“He couldn’t get away and sent me instead. I’m sure he will be here when he can.”
“Good. If Chief trusts you, then I trust you. So, how can you help me?”
“Would you be willing to talk with a counselor to try and figure out what happened? I know someone who is really good. She’s helped Uncle Richard figure things out and I know she could help you, too. If you agree, I will call and make an appointment for her to come see you.”
Toby ran a weathered hand across the stubble on his chin. Help. Nothing wrong with that. Someone needed to make sense of this because he sure as hell didn’t have a clue.
“Son, if you think you have someone who can help me, bring it on. I’m ready. I have cows to tend and I need to get outta here.”
Internationally known author, Grace Augustine, was born in Shelby, Montana and grew up in Cut Bank, Montana (dubbed as The Coldest Spot in the Nation). Her work career has taken her from title and abstracting to administrative assistant church work to co-owning a small town weekly newspaper to her current profession as a floral designer.
Grace thinks of herself as a “Jill” of most trades and is not afraid to learn new things. “If you can’t learn something new each day, there’s something wrong,” she says.
The ideas for her Acorn Hills series stem from her growing up years as well as the issues she has had to overcome along the way. “I’ve developed a new romance category…for the over 50 crowd…I’m calling it the salt and pepper genre. My books deal with real life issues, overcoming adversity, maintaining a positive outlook, and so much more. Just because we are 50 yrs old or older doesn’t mean that life stops. We all still want attention and affection and adventure! We want to experience all life has to offer. We use our age as wisdom to share with those around us. We are sexual, sensual, and sensible,” Grace explains.
Augustine was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis in July of 2003. Her thoughts on that “It may slow me down, but if I can at all do it, I will. Sitting and feeling sorry for yourself isn’t the answer…living your life with an open, joy-filled heart is.”