Book notes: Charlie Russell’s new novel will make you smile

Book notes: Charlie Russell’s new novel will make you smile

By Glenn Dromgoole


Retired school superintendent Charlie Russell, who now lives in Potosi, has published his seventh novel, My Country, God’s Country, featuring characters from his previous novel, When the Cactus Blooms.

            Charlie has developed quite a following in Abilene and elsewhere because he creates characters that readers like and indentify with. Most of his novels are set on ranches in New Mexico and West Texas.

The new book focuses on ranch woman/community leader Luta Sager and her ailing husband, Gavin, as they try to hold on to the ranch that has been in her family for a hundred years.

Their grandson, Eric, has grown up and become a fine young man, but now he faces new challenges in his love life and career choices.

Meanwhile, school superintendent Frank Mendenhall has to confront an upheaval in his own family while dealing with pressing school concerns.

In an author’s note, Charlie writes, “Each novel continues to portray a strong faith as the catalyst that propels us through the most difficult times. My ultimate wish is that when you read the last page of a story I have told, you close the book and smile.”

Personally, let me add that I have smiled at all seven of them.

Texas Star Trading Company keeps all of Charlie Russell’s novels in stock, and we’re delighted to announce the arrival of his latest book. We probably won’t be able to have a face-to-face book event for a while, but stop by and pick up an autographed copy for just $15. If you haven’t read the prequel, When the Cactus Blooms, we have autographed copies of it, too.