I truly enjoyed reading Duty Calls by Sherry Gloag. The story starts out slow during the first chapter; however, chapters two through five pick up the pace which leads to an ending that you absolutely can’t put down. You will definitely be hooked by chapters six through fifteen. The ending is my favorite part of the book because it really pulled all the story lines together and made a full circle. I like how Rachel experienced the same cycle that Rafe experienced. The fact that Rafe chooses to make positive decisions for himself made me feel really good about how his character has grown and changed, especially since his decisions help break the cycle for Rachel and Lyzzie.
Rafe is my favorite character. One of his character flaws is that he refuses to accept the people in his life who help him. For example, Rafe was furious when he found out that his biological father paid for his art school.
“Rafe, do you remember how you felt when you discovered Daniel paid for your schooling?” The stunned silence that followed revealed more than words. “I think you’re beginning to understand.”
Rafe works through his feelings and ends up being more positive by the end of the novel. He is a very relatable character, especially to those who have been in this kind of situation. The novel has an overshadowing theme that if the people take care of the simple things in life, then bigger, more complicated problems can be avoided. Duty Calls is very easy to read, well-written, and totally engaging!