• Alexis Newlin

Book Review: The Key to Everything

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Here is another book review for you!


The Key to Everything by Valerie Fraser Luesse was almost impossible to put down. Again I got to travel back in time, this time to 1947 to hang out with Peyton Cabot as he set out on an adventure to ride his bike from St. Augustine FL, to Key West. This was the same ride his father took 20 years before.

Peyton is wise beyond his 15 years. Despite the tragedy he faces, he takes on a maturity that is not common for most 15 year olds. His journey leads him to meet a variety of people, each that are memorable and add to this wonderful story. Once he finally gets to the love of his life, the story continues to bloom.

My only complaint about this book was the age of the main character. To be honest, his adult like nature made the story somewhat unbelievable, but then again, in the 1940's things were very different. Overall, I enjoyed this heartfelt story.



About the Book: Peyton Cabot's fifteenth year will be a painful and transformative one. His father, the heroic but reluctant head of a moneyed Savannah family, has come home from WWII a troubled vet, drowning his demons in bourbon and distancing himself from his son. A tragic accident shows Peyton the depths of his parents' devotion to each other but interrupts his own budding romance with the girl of his dreams, Lisa Wallace.


Struggling to cope with a young life upended, Peyton makes a daring decision: He will retrace a journey his father took at fifteen, riding his bicycle all the way to Key West, Florida. Part declaration of independence, part search for self, Peyton's journey will bring him more than he ever could have imagined--namely, the key to his unknowable father, a reunion with Lisa, and a calling that will shape the rest of his life.


About the Author: Valerie Fraser Luesse is the bestselling author ofMissing IsaacandAlmost Home, as well as an award-winning magazine writer best known for her feature stories and essays inSouthern Living, where she is currently senior travel editor. Specializing in stories about unique pockets of Southern culture, Luesse received the 2009 Writer of the Year award from the Southeast Tourism Society for her editorial section on Hurricane Katrina recovery in Mississippi and Louisiana. A graduate of Auburn University and Baylor University, she lives in Birmingham, Alabama, with her husband, Dave.

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