Morning, readers! Today I'm a stop on the TLC book tour for Jonathan Stone's Moving Day.
After forty years, Stanley Peke and his wife are moving. They've hired a crew to handle their things and when they arrive a day earlier than Stanley expected, he chalks it up to his forgetfulness and his age. But when another set of movers arrives the following day, ready to load up the boxes and furniture that have already been taken, Stanley realizes he's been had.
It's a scam Nick and his crew have been getting away with for a while, but this time they've seriously underestimated their target.
Moving Day is a bit of a slow burn. Peke as a character is fabulous - a seventy plus gentleman who's kept his past close. A Polish Jewish immigrant who survived WWII, he and his wife are ready for their golden years. And at first, Stanley is hurt but basically ok with the theft - it's just possessions, they still have one another, and it's all insured. But given what he's already been through in life, he decides he's not going to simply sit back and accept this has happened.
He takes matters into his own hands.
It seems like a tense and exciting plot, and in some ways it is. But much of the narration is spent with Stanley waxing poetic about his thoughts on life, which does slow the read a bit. These lulls in the story made me anxious to get back to the main plot and especially the details on Stanley's pre-American life (which he's kept a secret even from his family).
To see other stops on the tour be sure to check out the official TLC tour page here.
For more on Jonathan Stone and his work (including an excerpt of Moving Day) you can visit his website here.