The Reluctant Savior
J. Michael Miller walks the halls of the wealthy and powerful as a successful, respected business and investment advisor. On the surface, he's living the American dream. Soon, a long and expensive divorce changes the lanky Texan's views on life. The corporate world and material trappings he valued suddenly seem shallow and pointless. Michael needs a change, so he leaves his booming business in the hands of a capable assistant, buys a used recreational vehicle, and sets out to see the land and its people. A series of chance meetings lead Michael to Towson, a small Pacific coast town surrounded by forest. Towson is a town in decline, lacking any major industry and denied its rightful state funding. Michael, with his keen business eye, sees potential all over Towson-in its forests, its now defunct boat works, and its friendly citizens. And he sees potential of a different sort in the town's only medical provider, Marilyn Hodges. As Michael plants seeds of opportunity across Towson, the townsfolk pay attention, starting a dramatic shift in how the town views itself. A masterful gardener of dreams, Michael may just save Towson-and find his own peace.
- Paperback | 378 pages
- 152.4 x 228.6 x 21.84mm | 639.56g
- 12 Feb 2015
- United States
- black & white illustrations
About Robert Erickson
Robert Erickson was raised in Texas but has traveled extensively both internationally and throughout the United States. Erickson graduated from Texas Tech University in 1968 with a major in English and a minor in history. He began his career as a technical writer and editor with a major electronics company, eventually shifting to marketing communications. Erikson then went into a family-owned commercial and industrial equipment sales business, co-owning and running the business with his brother for twenty years. After selling the business, he taught at an alternative high school in Fort Worth, Texas, where he met countless people who could see no future for themselves. An actor with a number of stage and film credits to his name, Erikson has published several short stories since retirement. Married to his wife of ten years, he is a Certified Master Gardener in Henderson County, Texas. "The Reluctant Savior" is his first novel.