Legends of the Donut Shop

Young Adult - Social Issues
167 Pages
Reviewed on 04/05/2022
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Reviewed by Emily-Jane Hills Orford for Readers' Favorite

Life is full of stories. Sometimes we don’t see the value of these until it’s too late. Sadly, we may never sense or understand their true value. In Legends of the Donut Shop, Terry Overton introduces Wes, who grew up in a small town and enjoyed Saturday mornings with his grandfather and old buddies at the local Donut Shop. Even as a young boy, Wes was treated as if he were one of the gang. He ate donuts and drank coffee with the men and listened intently to their reminiscences. With a touch of humor and a whole lot of experience from serving in the war, and one who served as a sheriff, the anecdotes capture Wes’s attention. It’s not until after his near-death experience as a result of an almost fatal car collision, that Wes revisits the Donut Shop to hear the accounts again and discover the real purpose behind the stories and the true purpose of life.

Terry Overton’s Legends of the Donut Shop is a compassionate look at faith and finding one’s purpose in life. Narrated in the first person, the book follows young Wes’s journey as he recovers from his injuries and revisits the men and their adventures. Wes’s journey is one full of faith built on the legends that enraptured his Saturday mornings. As he begins to see himself almost as an adult, life takes a tragic turn that sets him back. But the tales from the Donut Shop gatherings pull him through and give him a new direction and a fresh purpose. With the strength of faith he acquired during his out-of-body experiences in the hospital, he reaches a realization that is as unexpected to Wes as it will be to the reader. With stories from the Korean War, World War II, the Civil Rights Movement, and many other compelling events from the formative years of American history, this book is an excellent young adult (and adult) read and will certainly help share the power of the guiding light that burns within us all, if we just sit back a minute and listen.