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The Mulligans of Mt. Jefferson

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Cal, Harlan, and Buddy grow up together in a small Virginia town in the years before the second World War. United by age, proximity, and temperament, they get into—and out of—all the trouble that boys manage to find. They even earn a nickname from a local restaurateur who gives the boys their first jobs and plenty of friendly advice. “Uncle” Vic calls them the Mulligans, b
Paperback, 336 pages
Published January 1st 2012 by David C. Cook
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Pat W. Kirk (author name Patricia Annalee Kirk)
Mulligan means “do over” and it is the name of a Mt. Jefferson Restaurant.

Harlan, Buddy, and Cal grew up as best friends—none of them named Mulligan. This story tells of their growing-up years in the thirties to fifties. The adult story takes place in 1959. It starts as Harlan lies in the hospital suffering from a gunshot wound from an early-morning intruder.

As children, Cal kept them all in trouble. Harlan was the charmer and girl magnet. Buddy fell in love with his future wife as she practic
Dani Moore
Dec 08, 2011 Dani Moore rated it it was amazing
The town of Mt. Jefferson was a sleepy town in the 30' and 40's. Three boys grew up together and their lives were permanently connected. One a jeweler, one a Cop and one a Pastor. They married, went to war and each came home changed by life. A story of friendship, flawed humanity, and the truth. A fun read, I enjoyed following all the twists and turns on the way to a surprising conclusion.
I was lucky enough to read an advance reader e-book copy. This is a town I want to hear more about!
Lee Button
Sep 27, 2015 Lee Button rated it really liked it
Statler Brothers Don Reid has written a fine novel. I know his characters like I grew up with them. In fact the book does just that. Good story-line, well-told and truly possible.
Jan 20, 2014 Elaine rated it it was amazing
I like the way Don writes with all of the flashbacks. I love stories set in small towns. Great story.
Victor Gentile
Mar 25, 2012 Victor Gentile rated it it was amazing
Don Reid in his new book, “The Mulligans of Mt. Jefferson” Book Two in the Mt. Jefferson series published by David C. Cook returns us to Mt. Jefferson, Virginia in 1959.

From the back cover: Three old friends still have something to learn about forgiveness and second chances.
In a small Virginia town, Cal, Harlan, and Buddy grow up and get into—and out of—all the trouble that boys manage to think up. A local restaurateur, “Uncle” Vic calls them the Mulligans because they always seem to find a way
Kathleen (Kat) Smith
Cal, Harlan, and Buddy grow up together in a small Virginia town in the years before the second World War. United by age, proximity, and temperament, they get into and out of all the trouble that boys manage to find. They even earn a nickname from a local restaurateur who gives the boys their first jobs and plenty of friendly advice. Uncle Vic calls them the Mulligans, because they always seem to find a way through a thicket of trouble family problems, girls, college, war to success. Cal and ...more
Apr 20, 2012 Laura rated it liked it
Author: Don Reid
Publisher: David C. Cook
January 2012
ISBN: 978-1-4347-6494-2
Genre: Inspirational/General

Cal, Harlan and Buddy were best friends who grew up together in their small Virginia town just before WWII. They get into and out of all the trouble that boys manage to fid—they even earn a nickname from a local restaurant owner who gives the boys their first jobs and lots of advice. He nicknamed them The Mulligans because they seemed to find their way thro
Aug 18, 2012 Therese rated it liked it
Recommends it for: country music fans, Christians
I received this novel as a Firstreads giveaway. It's set in small-town America in 1959 and tells the story of three men who grew up together and have developed close friendships, one a police detective, one a preacher, and one a jeweler who's just been shot. The police detective tries to solve the mystery of who shot him.

So, one really interesting thing to me is that the author is a country music singer who's won a lot of musical awards. What makes it interesting is that the book and the writing
May 29, 2012 Marcia rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
The book is about small-town America in a span of almost 30 years from the early 1930s-1959.. It follows three male friends from childhood through adulthood. Even though the personalities of the boys were very different, they became friends immediately and maintained the friendships throughout their lives. Even so, each had secrets from each other. Each had personal triumphs and problems. Sometimes, the characters surprise the reader with mature decisions and acceptance of responsiblity. Cal's ...more
Shonna Froebel
Nov 21, 2012 Shonna Froebel rated it it was ok
This novel focuses on three men, lifelong friends, now in middle age. Set in the small town of Mt. Jefferson, Virginia in 1959, the novel takes each man in turn, telling his story now, and through the past the story of the boys growing up and becoming the men they now are. Buddy is now a police officer and when his friend Harlan is shot knows that there is more to the story then he is being told. Cal is a minister and wants everyone to find their peace and not hurt others. No man is perfect and ...more
Nov 20, 2012 Clover rated it really liked it
Harlan has been shot, supposedly by a burglar.
Buddy’s investigating the shooting. He’s been Harlan’s friend since they were kids. And he knows Harlan isn’t telling the whole story.
We’re introduced to several characters who might potentially be the shooter:
Fritz – the enigma. No one knows his last name, or where he’s from, or why he’s so fiercely loyal to Harlan’s father
Nicoli – the ne’er do well. No one knows how he affords his posh house or why he carries a gun at all times.
Nick – the booki
Mar 24, 2012 IrenesBookReviews rated it really liked it
The Mulligans of Mt. Jefferson is written by Don Reid and published by David C Cook.

The three main characters in this story are Cal, Harlan and Buddy. They grew up together in Virginia and were known for getting into trouble together. They were given a nickname, the Mulligans. This book is set in the late 1950’s and centers on the search for the recent shooter of Harlan. They work together to try to find out why Harlan was shot.

The story jumps around a bit from past to present. You can easily ge
Apr 13, 2012 cheryl rated it liked it
I won a copy of this books from the Goodreads site. It follows the lives of three boys who become friends during childhood in a small Virginia town. We see the boys as a trio of trouble-seeking kids and then follow each as he grows into his own adult. The characters remain close as friends and their relationship, and each man's examination of himself and his role in the group, intensifies when one man is shot in his home. The man who is shot has inherited his father's business and his friend's ...more
Gin Hunt
Sep 11, 2015 Gin Hunt rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition

This book is everything a book should be. It's like a drink of very cool water on a long hot day. It refreshes you, it feels good and you want more! I do.
The best book for me it's one that holds my interest to the point I don't want to put it down. It must have such amazingly written characters that they become like family to me AND must have an ending that finished the book but leaves me wanting the story to go on. This book has all that in spades. I was so torn when I read
Nov 03, 2012 Jess rated it liked it
I won this book in a goodreads giveaway (thank you!). This is a story about 3 men who have been best friends since they were children. One night, one of the men is shot in an apparent break in and all 3 stumble through the investigation in the small town of Mt. Jefferson. It is really the story about a town and it's secrets. I really enjoyed the character development in this book however there were a lot of twists that were not explored. I'm not sure if that was meant to confuse the reader but I ...more
Sharon Huether
Jul 04, 2013 Sharon Huether rated it liked it
Shelves: novel, first-reads
The Mulligans of Mt Jefferson By Don Reid I won this book through Goodreads. This book was mostly reflections and remminisants of the three boys growin up in Mt Jefferson and what became of them after reaching manhood. The instigator of pranks became a minister, one a policeman and the other inherited his familys business. In this small town there had been a home invasion shooting; which the police were trying to solve thoughtout the intire story.
Feb 10, 2013 Angie rated it liked it
Shelves: 2013
The Mulligans of Mt. Jefferson: Not really a sequel but rather a new story with some of the same characters from Reid's "O Little Town" (which was better). Life in 1959 in a small town is well portrayed but the plot doesn't quite flow and it is hard to warm to some of the major players. A trio of men who have been friends since boyhood, deal with secrets and loyalty after one of them is shot and wounded. 338 pages
Jul 01, 2016 Tonya rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book, the characters were all likeable, this storyline easy to follow, and its one of those books you get wrapped up in, maybe it was the setting, 1959. Things were simple, but people still had problems, hang ups, family issues just like now. It was well written, but ended without answering some questions, from the main characters, makes you wonder if another book will follow. If so, it will be on the reading list.
Mar 04, 2012 Debra rated it really liked it
A gentle, feel good book that isn't sugary and sentimental, the Mulligans follows three friends through boyhood into adult troubles. The theme of redemption, duty and friendship rings true.

I first discovered Don Reid, one of the Statler Brothers, when an earlier book was put up free for Kindle. I enjoyed it, and have enjoyed all of his books that I've since found.
Mar 05, 2013 Debbie rated it it was amazing
A wonderful trip down memory lane.
A small town where three boys grow up to become three responsible adults. The things they do along the way, the people who teach them life lessons, the faith and companionship is so worth the trip.
A few surprises along the way just make the bonding that much stronger.
I really enjoyed every line.
Wonderful job Don- keep up the good works.
Oct 19, 2015 Amy rated it liked it
It was interesting to flip back and forth from the past to present time, and the reveal of the person who committed the crime was well done; however there simply were too many unanswered questions by the end of the book.
Chaplain Stanleigh Chapin
Delightful reminisce

Being of that age and raised in small town with businesses like the ones described it brought back memories. We went through many of the same circumstances, but with different results.
Jun 24, 2012 Susan rated it really liked it
Shelves: highly-recommend
I liked this book a lot, from start to finish. I loved the characters, the plot... this book kept me interested until the very end. Enjoy!

This book was received for free from Goodreads First Reads.
Apr 03, 2012 Logan rated it it was amazing
Shelves: first-reads
This was a first read giveaway. I loved, loved, loved this book. Definitely one of the best books I have read in 2012. I fell in love with all the characters.
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Don Reid, a member of the legendary Statler Brothers, has three Grammy awards, thirteen gold albums, and eight platinum albums. An award-winning songwriter, Reid is also the author of several books, including One Lane Bridge and O Little Town. He and his wife, Deborah, live in Staunton, Virginia.
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