Judd Travers’ truck accident successfully put a stop to his drinking. All of Tyler County is relieved at this outcome, including the Prestons. However, now everyone is wondering whether Judd’s current situation as an invalid is only a temporary solution. This argument regarding Judd’s future conduct divides into two sides. There are residents who believe that Judd is a dangerous nuisance who ought to be eradicated, and then there are neighbors like Marty and his family who think that Judd is able to change. Marty wants his problems with Judd to be over; for Shiloh’s sake and his own, he tries to befriend Judd. Marty’s good intentions initiate a trial-and-error process which tests Marty’s patience with Judd’s behavior. Meanwhile, Marty must combat overwhelming prejudice as the whole neighborhood obsesses over a mysterious murder in which Judd is a suspect.
The question that torments Marty is if Judd is a truly evil man or not. The author concludes her Shiloh series with this third volume, Saving Shiloh. Trust and justice are two primary issues within the storyline, as is Judd’s attempt to change himself for the better. Phyllis Reynolds Naylor includes Marty’s veterinary experiences which directly impact Judd and his dogs. Marty’s forgiveness is laudable, for he wants to be sure that Judd deserves it. An interesting glimpse of logical reasoning is shown in the mind of an eleven year-old boy. The novel demonstrates how Marty resolves his problems and becomes wiser. The simplicity of the text itself is amazing when compared to the complex topics discussed in the story. Saving Shiloh is a strong and poignant novel, a hopeful culmination to this unique trilogy.
Original review: Part 3: The ‘Shiloh’ trilogy, Examiner.com