Goodbye Emily by Michael Murphy

IMG_0★ ★ ★ ★ ★Do you have a bucket list?  This heartwarming story will be sure to make you realize the dreams you’ve always had can come true.  Even if it’s reliving the good old days with the people in your life that you’ve always held close to your heart you’ll want to step back and think about what’s really important in your life.

These were my days – the 1970’s, and author Michael Murphy has gotten the tone just right.  They were a time of peace and happiness, yearning, love and war, but most of all growing up.  I didn’t get to Woodstock because my husband was in the military and we were stationed overseas, but like anyone of our generation I kept close tabs on the happenings and most of all, the music.

Heartache and grief can cause some people to give up on life.  Not so our protagonist in Goodbye Emily.  When he is faced with despair and reaches the bottom, he hatches a plan to relive the best moments of his life that included two friends and his beloved Emily.

Once the plan is put in motion, the friends are unstoppable.  They break one of the friends out of a nursing home, take Emily’s urn of ashes along and head for the place they visited so long ago.  Being chased by feds and police seem to have no impact on the fearless men as they continue to reach for their ultimate goal – Woodstock.

Full of nostalgia for lost youth and love and enhanced by the wonderful music of the era this book is a read not-to-be-missed.  You’ll laugh, you’ll cry and you’ll be right in the thick of things as friendship, love and longing carry you through pages of one of the most remembered events in history.

If you’d like to learn more about author Michael Murphy you can read my interview with him here.

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