An epic tale beginning in 15th-century Scotland and flowing through time to modern-day New York, A Reason to Be is a tale of loss, hope, and the transcendent power of the love that bind us to one another.
Douglas McCombs is an accomplished engineer and recent widower driven to discover the truth of who he is by studying the people and places he comes from. After losing his wife to a battle with Alzheimer’s, Douglas is left devastated until a chance encounter with a sharp, compassionate librarian named Suzy Hamilton on the steps of the New York Public Library shakes him from the throes of grief.
With Suzy’s help, Douglas takes up genealogy and begins an investigation into his Scottish lineage that takes the reader on a sprawling journey through time and the remarkable lives of Douglas’s ancestors—from legendary highland clan chiefs and American war generals to humble farmers and family men. As he traces his ancestry through the generations, Douglas manages to discover not only the roots he was searching for, but also a brand-new reason to be.
A Reason to Be by Norman McCombs is a heartfelt journey through the past. Learning from one’s past can help one move forward in the present. I enjoyed following the character’s family in Scotland. Loyalty, family, love, and new beginnings are found here. A father who has passed down love, strength, and honor to his kids. The history of Douglas’s family gives him a sense of who he is and what he wants to be. Life isn’t too short to live and love again. Overall, this is a wonderful family saga. I recommend it to all readers.