'His Way' has scandals, secrets set in small Texas town

“His Way” is Jim H. Ainsworth’s ninth novel.

There's perhaps no better time to pick up a book than when the weather turns dreary and cold.

There is nothing any better than a good book to read or to give as a gift. Publishing houses scramble to get the latest print edition into the marketing place and all boast of having the latest bestseller. Requests for an interview with the author or a review are also made to others in the journalism field, and that is exactly what happened lately as several requests from those “northern” states hit this “southern” gal’s desk.

She did what any other decent southern person would do — picked up the phone and called the nearest publisher to her locale and asked for their recommendation. Just so happened that the call went out to author/publisher and former Kilgoreite Caleb Pirtle II and before a complete sentence could be made, he was recommending a new release called “His Way” by Jim H. Ainsworth. Now, people in these parts of the woods kind of pay attention to what Caleb has to say, and before you could blink an eye the book was upon my desk.

Never judge a book by its cover — although the lone man sitting in the dark recesses of the night surrounded by fence railing of this one sure can pique your interest. And it is taught the first sentence to a good book is always a clincher to read further and the last sentence of each chapter is to entice you to read on into the next chapter and the next, and Jim did just that as he sets the scene in the small Texas town of Riverby and introduces you to characters, some you will like and some you will abhor as he twists their lives into an intricate plot of scandals and secrets. And somewhere while reading, you begin to wonder just how much fiction is really in this story and question what more can happen in this sleepy little town. The story ends well with a circle of friends, a cross, the remake of a song and the leaving of a man as mysteriously as he came. Caleb Pirtle was right; the book is an interesting read.

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