Benjamin Ridge, a novel inspired by true events, challenges the reader to ponder life’s three most important questions. Do you live? Do you love? Do you matter? College student, Brian Wilson, receives a thesis assignment to write on the life of any person he barely knows, and to answer those three questions.
While walking home from campus, he happens upon a neighbor collapsed on a house porch. Benjamin Ridge, a man Brian had seen most days while returning from college might provide an ideal subject, should he live long enough.
Over the course of nine days, Brian learns of Benjamin’s life; a tragic and heartwarming tale of his love for, and subsequent loss of his wife and children. With a strong heart and unwavering dedication, Benjamin had once vowed to reunite the family despite overwhelming odds.
Benjamin Ridge is an emotive, sensational and excellent novel that bewitched as well provoked my thoughts with its touching story and memorable moments which are inspired by true events. Kevin J. McArthur is an author whose work I have read and enjoyed before, I have read two other novels of McArthur’s which are the first two books in his dystopian series called Devastation and Return to Devastation; both of which are excellent!. These two novels were dramatic reads that took me on a wild adventure while entertaining me at the same time so of course, I was keen to read another book from McArthur! When I read the description of Benjamin Ridge I thought “wait, is this the same author?!” because yes book lovers, Benjamin Ridge is a different type of book courtesy of McArthur and world’s away from his dystopian series but nevertheless, it is still breathtaking and incredibly entertaining! If you are a reader who is looking to get lost in a touching novel that will provoke your thoughts and move you with its poignancy, then Benjamin Ridge is the novel for you!
Benjamin Ridge follows the protagonist of the novel, Brian Wilson, a college student who at the beginning of the story has been tasked with an assignment. The assignment is to write an essay on somebody he does not know or hardly know while also answering three questions which are ‘Do you live? Do you love? Do you matter?. Brian, one day while walking back from campus comes across a man called Benjamin Ridge, Brian has seen Benjamin before however, they have never once spoken but because Benjamin is collapsed on the floor, he decides to help, and this starts the movement of the story. Benjamin and Brian over the course of nine days will learn about each other lives with Brian learning the most about Benjamin. The stories Benjamin tells Brian are heartbreaking and will undoubtedly move its reader’s thanks to some of the stories being heart-wrenching. What follows is a touching, beautiful and emotive journey that is guaranteed to keep you entertained for hours on end, that is why I have to recommend this incredible book to all readers, no matter your usual genre tastes as it is excellent and not to be missed.
The story of Benjamin Ridge was unexpected. When I began to read Benjamin Ridge I did not know what to expect; I had no idea what the core themes of the novel would be and no idea how the story would unfold. However, when I began to read Benjamin Ridge, I was quickly made aware of such themes, and when I was, I felt myself being pulled in even more by the incredible literature that is full of heart, depth, and intrigue.
Kevin J. McArthur is an author whose work continues to astound me with each book. What I love the most about McArthur’s literature is his ability to switch between genres and pull it off. This is incredibly hard to do, and even the most accomplished of authors struggle to do so! McArthur however flawlessly transitions between genres and the result is a stunning and impressive and that is why all readers should have a read of at least one of McArthur’s novels!
Overall Benjamin Ridge is an astounding, phenomenal and moving novel and so, I have no choice but to award this incredible book five stars! So please book lovers, if you are looking for an incredible read that will keep you up all night feeling as if you are in reading heaven then Benjamin Ridge is for you!
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