The Key to Everything

The Key to Everything❮KINDLE❯ ➚ The Key to Everything ❦ Author Valerie Fraser Luesse – Heartforum.co.uk After WWII and a family tragedy, Peyton Cabot seeks connection with his troubled veteran father by retracing the trip he d taken from Savannah to Key West at the same age The adventure forces Peyton t After WWII and a family tragedy, Peyton Cabot seeks connection with his troubled veteran father by retracing the trip he d taken from Savannah to Key West at the same The Key ePUB × age The adventure forces Peyton to come to terms with his identity and decide how much he s willing to risk for the girl he loves.

Valerie Fraser Luesse is an award winning magazine writer best known for her feature stories and essays in Southern Living, where she is currently a senior travel editor Her work The Key ePUB × has been anthologized in the audio collection Southern Voices and in A Glimpse of Heaven, an essay collection featuring works by C S Lewis, Randy Alcorn, John Wesley, and others As a freelance writer and editor, she was the lead writer for Southern Living Years A Celebration of People, Places, and Culture Specializing in stories about unique pockets of Southern culture, Luesse has published major pieces on the Gulf Coast, the Mississippi Delta, Louisiana s Acadian Prairie, and the Outer Banks of North Carolina Her editorial section on Hurricane Katrina recovery in Mississippi and Louisiana won the Writer of the Year award from the Southeast Tourism Society Luesse earned her bachelor s degree in English at Auburn University in Auburn, Alabama, and her master s degree in English at Baylor University in Waco, Texas She grew up in Harpersville, Alabama, a rural community in Shelby County, and now lives in Birmingham.

The Key to Everything Epub ✓ The Key  ePUB ×
  • Paperback
  • 352 pages
  • The Key to Everything
  • Valerie Fraser Luesse
  • English
  • 22 January 2019
  • 0800737504

10 thoughts on “The Key to Everything

  1. Maureen Timerman says:

    As we begin this story we are at the annual family picnic, a very wealthy dysfunctional family, when tragedy hits the life of young Peyton.Now this young man is a very respectful, kind to others, and has a big heart You will like his parents, and his Aunt and Finn, and the impact they have on his young life.As we journey with Peyton, without a doubt you see life repeating itself, and there are some surprises along the way.A story of growing up and becoming a young man, a story of learning about As we begin this story we are at the annual family picnic, a very wealthy dysfunctional family, when tragedy hits the life of young Peyton.Now this young man is a very respectful, kind to others, and has a big heart You will like his parents, and his Aunt and Finn, and the impact they have on his young life.As we journey with Peyton, without a doubt you see life repeating itself, and there are some surprises along the way.A story of growing up and becoming a young man, a story of learning about his father and wanting to seek what he was seeking, and a story of young love and finding oneself.Loved that there was an Epilogue at the end, and we are updated and find out what happened TheKeytoEverythingI received this book through Revell Reads, and was not required to give a positive review

  2. Olivia says:

    This book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group Revell, through Interviews Reviews, for my honest opinion There was something tangible about this story when I picked it up Although I read it slowly, I loved Peyton s story As he biked across Florida I could see and smell the fresh ocean and hot sun The people he met along the way, and his love for his parents encouraged him to know their story The romance was sweet I was a bit unsure how I felt about the such strong love at a This book was provided courtesy of Baker Publishing Group Revell, through Interviews Reviews, for my honest opinion There was something tangible about this story when I picked it up Although I read it slowly, I loved Peyton s story As he biked across Florida I could see and smell the fresh ocean and hot sun The people he met along the way, and his love for his parents encouraged him to know their story The romance was sweet I was a bit unsure how I felt about the such strong love at a young age, but it was done so well and sweet There isn t a strong spiritual messagea lot about finding happiness, but I appreciate the hope that was found in Peyton s journey.I recommend this beautiful story that s a perfect summer read and may make you want to go to Florida for a few weeks

  3. Ebos Aifuobhokhan says:

    We sure don t get to choose our families and when they come dysfunctional there is so much we can do Peyton had one but his father was different and Peyton followed in his footsteps I loved the way this book drew me in I felt every emotion as I was journeying with Peyton I admired the actions and decisions he made despite his young age He had a good head on his shoulders Despite his loss, he didn t drown under it but sort answers just like his father before him And he wasn t disappointed We sure don t get to choose our families and when they come dysfunctional there is so much we can do Peyton had one but his father was different and Peyton followed in his footsteps I loved the way this book drew me in I felt every emotion as I was journeying with Peyton I admired the actions and decisions he made despite his young age He had a good head on his shoulders Despite his loss, he didn t drown under it but sort answers just like his father before him And he wasn t disappointed There are all kinds of family, some you are born with and some you are lucky to meet along the way What Peyton lacked in blood relatives he gained in beautiful people God planted across his path I really loved this book I received a copy of this book and this is my honest opinion

  4. Staci says:

    Unique coming of age story about a 15 year old young man from Georgia Peyton Cabot was born into a wealthy yet dysfunctional family His father returned from WWII a changed man and turned to liquor to ease his pain While his mother is loving, Peyton years for the love of his father.Following a tragic accident, Peyton decides to follow in his father s teenage footsteps and bicycle across Florida with his final destination Key West During this journey Peyton learns a lot about himself and what Unique coming of age story about a 15 year old young man from Georgia Peyton Cabot was born into a wealthy yet dysfunctional family His father returned from WWII a changed man and turned to liquor to ease his pain While his mother is loving, Peyton years for the love of his father.Following a tragic accident, Peyton decides to follow in his father s teenage footsteps and bicycle across Florida with his final destination Key West During this journey Peyton learns a lot about himself and what s most important I loved his caring and giving heart Peyton showed a lot of courage and faith to take the journey to Key West.It was an enjoyable ride The epilogue nicely put a bow on Peyton s story.This is my third novel to read by this author The words flow beautifully and the stories are unique and full of heart I look forward to what she writes next.My gratitude to publisher Revell for a complimentary NetGalley copy of The Key to Everything I was not required to post a review and all opinions expressed are my own

  5. Chris Jager says:

    How well do you know your parents What would you do to understand them better The Key to Everything is a coming of age story about Payton finding understanding about a father who returned from war a changed person Good southern fiction that makes the reader long to get to know their parents better.

  6. Amanda Tero says:

    If you like bittersweet yet heartwarming tales, then this book belongs on your shelf.Peyton Cabot is the most kind hearted, serving, and pleasant teen around The people he meets can t help but love and trust him And though he sets off on an emotional journey, it is lyrically and smoothly told He quickly learns the skills he needs for his bike journey and sets off to follow the path his father had traveled over a decade earlier.A long, slow glimpse of life in 1947 is captured in these pages, g If you like bittersweet yet heartwarming tales, then this book belongs on your shelf.Peyton Cabot is the most kind hearted, serving, and pleasant teen around The people he meets can t help but love and trust him And though he sets off on an emotional journey, it is lyrically and smoothly told He quickly learns the skills he needs for his bike journey and sets off to follow the path his father had traveled over a decade earlier.A long, slow glimpse of life in 1947 is captured in these pages, giving a romanticized view of the era The story meanders at a steady pace, giving readers an escape from today s busy living.The story ties a satisfactory bow from circumstances in the beginning to end.As for being a Christian book, I was a little disappointed A solid Biblical message could have been tied into Peyton s quest to find himself, but it wasn t in there It was a clean and moral story, just not Christian A Catholic mass and St Christopher s protection were mentioned as well as the impact of St Joseph s cathedral, but these were not in detail.There were a few instances where doing the right thing seemed a little slanted like freeing another man s alligators, taking kids away from their boss, and a wife divorcing her husband and being praised for it I don t agree with abuse in any form and think that steps should be taken to relieve those in that situation, but it was confusing that these actions were the right thing to do because apparently the good outweighed the bad And then Peyton was never caught doing these actions The romance was threaded through the story as Peyton and Lisa were separated in the beginning, yet Peyton never stopped thinking of her There were a few kisses mentioned and a few very vague comments about people assuming they were going to do something and making judgments Though Peyton and Lis were fifteen, it did seem to be a calmer love story between them.The writing style is quaint and endearing perfect for the era of this story While I personally feel it lacked tension and character depth, this could very easily be the perfect fit for another reader I received this book from the publisher and happily provided my honest review

  7. Sue says:

    This beautiful coming of age novel takes place in the years after WWII in the South The book begins in Georgia at a family reunion of a rich, old family that is definitely dysfunctional The brothers and sisters don t get along with each other and the mother grandmother doesn t get along with anyone When something tragic happens at the reunion picnic, it sends Peyton, the main character, off on a quest.Peyton s father has returned from the war totally depressed from his experiences His only w This beautiful coming of age novel takes place in the years after WWII in the South The book begins in Georgia at a family reunion of a rich, old family that is definitely dysfunctional The brothers and sisters don t get along with each other and the mother grandmother doesn t get along with anyone When something tragic happens at the reunion picnic, it sends Peyton, the main character, off on a quest.Peyton s father has returned from the war totally depressed from his experiences His only way to alleviate the pain, is to turn to the bottle While drunk he had a terrible accident at the family reunion and ended up in a coma in the hospital Peyton and his mom, Katie, spend as much time with him as possible, while Uncle Julian, who always wanted to take control of the family money, works very hard to have his brother declared incompetent so that he can take control of the family When his dad dies, Peyton decides to take a trip to Key West on a bicycle just like his father did at the same age of 15 He takes the trip in honor of his father but the people he meets on the road and the situations that he gets into, make him grow up fast During his long trip to Key West, he meets many interesting people, all of who show him a different facet to life as an adult The other reason for his bike ride is to find Lisa, the love of his life who has been sent to her aunt s home for the summer Will the lessons that he learns make him a stronger and wiser man Will he find Lisa I loved that the author added an Epilogue that is 20 years in the future so that we can how Peyton grew up and how the lessons that he learned on his bike ride affected his life.This is a beautifully written heart warming story full of situations and characters that you won t soon forget It s a story of family the one you were born into and the one that you create with the people you love throughout your life.Thanks to Revell for a copy of this book to read and review

  8. Mike says:

    The Key to Everything is a coming of age story that envelops the reader in a blanket of nostalgia, eliciting those warm and cozy sentiments that only nostalgia can bring Clearly, the author intended this to be the case because of the moving dialogue and the delightful description that fills the pages.The story takes place in the years immediately following World War II, when the country was still recovering from the war and many veterans were still reeling from its impact Our teenage protagoni The Key to Everything is a coming of age story that envelops the reader in a blanket of nostalgia, eliciting those warm and cozy sentiments that only nostalgia can bring Clearly, the author intended this to be the case because of the moving dialogue and the delightful description that fills the pages.The story takes place in the years immediately following World War II, when the country was still recovering from the war and many veterans were still reeling from its impact Our teenage protagonist, Peyton Cabot, is trying to understand why his father is so different after the war, numbing his emotions with alcohol When his father dies after a freak accident, Peyton sets off on a journey where he tries to come to terms with his father s death, as well as look inside himself to understand where his life needs to go.There is very little backstory in this tale, and I consider that a very good thing The author provides the minimum amount of backstory necessary for the reader to understand how the current situation came to be There were times when the author could have given usbackstory about certain characters, but I don t think it would have moved the story along, so I was grateful she didn t.What really sets this novel apart, in my opinion, is the dialogue The author breathes life into the characters with her use of dialogue I think this entire novel is a textbook example of show don t tell. It is mostly through dialogue that we discover what a character thinks and feels Without going overboard on vernacular, the author assigns each character with individual styles of dialogue I loved it The spray of the ocean, the feel of the sun on a hot summer day, and the damage a full day of bike riding can wreak on a body are all examples of the description in the story When combined with the dialogue, the author s use of description completely immerses the reader into the story That s a true statement once I got into the story, I actually felt like I was a bystander watching the story unfold before me.The story also has a wonderful, consistent pace to it It wasn t too slow, nor too fast It was right where it needs to be As you can probably imagine, coming of age stories have some huge character arcs This one was no different But that s not a bad thing at all It s expected It satisfies.Now for the best part The author includes an epilogue that takes place about 15 years after the story ends We get to see what happens to the characters how everything turns out This adds an additional layer of closure to the story, and I loved it I recommend this story to anyone who enjoys those warm and cozy sentiments

  9. Monica says:

    The Key to Everything by Valerie Fraser Luesse was my first book by this author but it won t be my last I truly enjoyed following Peyton s adventures Peyton Cabot is fifteen years old Set in 1947, Peyton s father is a troubled vet who suffers a tragic accident Peyton is a good kid but his school year is interrupted and his life is a bit off keel especially with Lisa, the girl of his dreams When his father was fifteen, he rode his bike from St Augustine to Key West, Florida Peyton decides The Key to Everything by Valerie Fraser Luesse was my first book by this author but it won t be my last I truly enjoyed following Peyton s adventures Peyton Cabot is fifteen years old Set in 1947, Peyton s father is a troubled vet who suffers a tragic accident Peyton is a good kid but his school year is interrupted and his life is a bit off keel especially with Lisa, the girl of his dreams When his father was fifteen, he rode his bike from St Augustine to Key West, Florida Peyton decides to retrace his journey himself I enjoyed getting to know Peyton and following his adventures in The Key to Everything He truly seems like a swoonworthy young man that would be pretty appealing to me if I were a young woman He faces some hard things in this book While I admired him for those things, I really admired him for how he lived his life and his basic principles He truly seemed like a likable character His dad was struggling quite a bit but the story explains so much of the challenges that he faced and I still found him likable in spite of his flaws I also liked his mom and his Aunt Gert, as well as several of the other special people he met on his journey He did seem to be searching spiritually and there were a few snippets into that journey but mostly this was just a good clean fiction read There is some romance but the journey wasof a focus then the romance until the last quarter of the book Then, I liked that the young couple had respect for themselves and each other and wanted to work towards a strong future together With so many negative things going on right now, one of the things I liked the best was how much Peyton did for others and how he tried to go the extra mile I found The Key to Everything to be an inspiring read.I received a copy of this book from the publisher All opinions in this review are my own

  10. Becca says:

    I found this to be an absolute delight This coming of age story centers on fifteen year old Peyton, who is making a long bike ride down the coast of Georgia and Florida as he sorts through changes in his family Throw in themes of found family, young love, and a host of likable characters, and you re in for a treat I loved the wholesome nature of this book While it contains the complexities of family and heartache, it leaves out the unnecessary drama The story moves forward with adventure I found this to be an absolute delight This coming of age story centers on fifteen year old Peyton, who is making a long bike ride down the coast of Georgia and Florida as he sorts through changes in his family Throw in themes of found family, young love, and a host of likable characters, and you re in for a treat I loved the wholesome nature of this book While it contains the complexities of family and heartache, it leaves out the unnecessary drama The story moves forward with adventure and fun encounters with interesting people There were times that the coincidences were teetering on the edge of credibility, but for me, it made the reading experiencefun I would recommend this for fans of southern fiction, heartwarming stories, and coming of age stories

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