Lee Ann Vandygriff once again takes us back to a quiet little town in the book, Seasons II: Justice is Not for the Weak. Having read the first in this series, I was excited to see the characters of the small town again. Characters who reside in the town are more like family than friends and neighbors, even the ones who aren’t related. That’s the way it is in these kinds of places. Just as in the first book, even the sleepiest of towns have occasional turmoil that rocks the residents. They pick themselves up, dust themselves off, forgive, and begin again each time. Doc Baxster, the Sheriff, Daniel, and the others continue to shake the dust off and strive to do what is right despite those who would like to disturb the tranquility of Rhinehart.
The book opens to a graduation ceremony being taken in by a crowd of proud parents. As Daniel takes his turn in the spotlight, his knucklehead brothers embarrass him by yelling out. Soon, other spectators begin to pass a flask around, joining in on embarrassing the students who should be having the best day of their young lives. Families who have dealt with those fighting addictions will no doubt see familiar black sheep in these characters.
In true Vandygriff fashion, however, these delinquent characters are often given a chance, or a few chances at redemption. For instance, Derek and Dillion seem to yo-yo between actually trying to behave and picking up their normal habits of theft and law-breaking. One day they are trying to help prepare a family meal or attending church with their grandmother, the next they are back to stealing.
The tight-knit community faces much more than petty theft, however. Matters of life and death rock some of the characters of the town. Readers will identify with the characters who are forced to face turmoil every time they think the keel has evened out. No matter the problem though, the community came together to support each other. Vandygriff’s writing creates a longing for a simpler time where neighbors banded together for the good and bad times. Together, the characters create a “you can always go home” sort of feeling.
There were some spelling, homophone, and grammar errors scattered through the book. However, none were so glaring that they greatly detracted from the plot. Vandygriff builds drama with her story lines and will keep readers’ interest piqued. I enjoy and identify with the characters and town, being from a tiny town myself. I’d definitely love to read more of her work.
Pages: 148 | ASIN: B07T9C4MLF