Here’s one of the first reviews for Redemption for a Redneck written by myfriend, Elaine Drennon Little. November 20, 2011 Thanks, Elaine
In John Schulz’s first book, Requiem for a Redneck, the reader comes to love narrator John the Plant Man for his amazing insight into the heart and soul of the menagerie of diamond-in-the-rough characters who surround him. This everyman-type storyteller remains as endearing and believable in his second work, Redemption for a Redneck, yet the overall theme may take the reader by surprise; Redemption, stripped down to its bare bones, is a love story.
An unlikely hankering begins in the heart of Kickstand, a gentle, motorcycle-loving ex-convict, for Theodora “Ted” Brown, a thin, quiet widow and paint-on-velvet artist and jewelry maker. Championed by Kickstand’s friends as well as Ted’s hunting dog, the possibility of romance drives the story despite a prevalent fear that such a relationship will never happen. Subplots are also of a romantic nature; John’s love of all things growing, an unlikely friendship between the town bully and a young man with Down’s Syndrome, and an entire community’s love of one another are all important aspects in this well-written treatise of life in small town north Georgia. The story ends giving the reader a sense of good will: Though none of us are without faults, all sinners can find redemption through caring about others.
Like the first book, Redemption made me laugh out loud several times, and I’ll admit to blurry eyes and sniffles at least once. Though I can’t say it struck me as being as profoundly moving as the first, the feeling I took away from this delightful read is one I’d like to keep with me as long as possible. In my opinion, Redemption for a Redneck has only one drawback: How long must we wait for the NEXT installment?