"Nudged" will suck you in. The new novel by G Hartmore starts with a peaceful scene at the "Old Stone Church" on the site of the former Alvira. Amidst the graves of his ancestors, Sam, a depressed veteran tries to gather the courage to join them. He can't do it.
His rescue comes when a family gives him a job and a place to live. He becomes friends with their 12-year-old autistic granddaughter. And then the miracles begin - starting with the mute child's speaking to Sam and only to Sam when nobody else can hear. And that's only the first of the miracles.
As in the popular book "The Shack," the reader has to suspend his disbelief to be carried along by the spirit of hope that is the core of the novel. In spite of each of the character's baggage, you find them accepting the nudge they see precipitating each of the "miracles."
The author, G Hartmore (not his real name) was born in Williamsport and now lives in the area. His ancestors are buried in the Alvira graveyard. He served in the Army for three years and the Air Force for another eight years, rising to the rank of captain. When he retired, he suffered from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and considered suicide, which he couldn't do either. When he was deployed to Desert Storm, he couldn't bring himself to stop at the day care to say goodbye to his son - who never forgot that he didn't say goodbye.
You can meet the author (and his son) Friday from 5 to 8 p.m. at Otto's, 107 W. Fourth St.
Throughout the book, Sam builds wind chimes to thank his host family for their care. The author is bringing a set of his home made wind chimes for one guest to win Friday night.