The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell by Robert Dugoni @RobertDugoni Publication Day 4-24-18 @LUauthors
Sam Hill always saw the world through different eyes. Born with red pupils, he was called “Devil Boy” or Sam “Hell” by his classmates; “God’s will” is what his mother called his ocular albinism. Her words were of little comfort, but Sam persevered, buoyed by his mother’s devout faith, his father’s practical wisdom, and his two other misfit friends.
Sam believed it was God who sent Ernie Cantwell, the only African American kid in his class, to be the friend he so desperately needed. And that it was God’s idea for Mickie Kennedy to storm into Our Lady of Mercy like a tornado, uprooting every rule Sam had been taught about boys and girls.
Forty years later, Sam, a small-town eye doctor, is no longer certain anything was by design—especially not the tragedy that caused him to turn his back on his friends, his hometown, and the life he’d always known. Running from the pain, eyes closed, served little purpose. Now, as he looks back on his life, Sam embarks on a journey that will take him halfway around the world. This time, his eyes are wide open—bringing into clear view what changed him, defined him, and made him so afraid, until he can finally see what truly matters.
The tears will flow from your eyes. The chills will raise bumps on your arms. Your breath will catch in your throat and you heart will swell with love.
This is one of the most heartfelt and beautiful stories I’ve ever read. You will most certainly fall in love with Sam Hill, his parents, Ernie, and Mikkie! The day Sam Hill was born, his parents knew he was special. When it became apparent that the doctors and nurses saw something in Sam they couldn’t explain, Sam’s mother wouldn’t hear it. Her son was as beautiful as any of God’s children.
She loved Sam more than anything and taught him to love himself and to have faith in God’s plan. But Sam felt different. He was bullied by children and adults alike. He grew up praying that one day he would wake up to be “normal”.
What Sam didn’t realize until much later in life was that he is special. If he wasn’t born unique eyes, he wouldn’t have been destined to live God’s plan.
There was nothing I didn’t love about this book! I will remember it always and recommend it to all! A million stars to Sam Hill, a story about the courage of a boy, the faith of a family, and the perseverance to overcome life’s obstacles. Lifelong friendships And true love also hold true and strong throughout this book! LOVE!!!
Robert Dugoni is the critically acclaimed New York Times, #1 Wall Street Journal, and #1 Amazon bestselling author of the Tracy Crosswhite Series, including My Sister’s Grave, Her Final Breath, In the Clearing, The Trapped Girl, and Close to Home. The Crosswhite Series has sold more than 2,500,000 books worldwide, and My Sister’s Grave has been optioned for television series development. Dugoni is also the author of the bestselling David Sloane series, which includes The Jury Master, Wrongful Death, Bodily Harm, Murder One, and The Conviction; the stand-alone novels The Extraordinary Life of Sam Hell, The 7th Canon, and Damage Control; and the nonfiction exposé The Cyanide Canary, a Washington Post Best Book of the Year; as well as several short stories. He is the recipient of the Nancy Pearl Award for Fiction and the Friends of Mystery Spotted Owl Award for best novel in the Pacific Northwest. He is a two-time finalist for both the International Thriller Award and the Harper Lee Prize for Legal Fiction and has been nominated for the Mystery Writers of America’s Edgar Award. His books are sold worldwide in more than twenty-five countries and have been translated into more than two dozen languages, including French, German, Italian, and Spanish.