If you want to hold on to the PR image of the Trio as clean-cut 'all-American boys' this book is not for you. Although Nick's life as a gentleman farmer was in many ways idyllic, his alcoholism and drug use destroyed it, his marriage, and much of his relationship with his children. I found Linda Reynolds' description of this aspect of Nick's life to be honest and compelling, suffused with a sense of grief and loss for a man she never stopped loving.
Except for Roger Gamble the other trio members (Shane, Guard, and Stewart) don't come across very well in their brief appearances. Actually, Shane comes across as Shane, and perhaps taking Nick on the road again helped him to achieve some measure of control over his addiction.
: The book by Nick's second wife Linda, is titled as such to summarize the life she
: lived as a girl in her "golden California" and adult life in Oregon, as
: Nick said in '88, "raising cattle and kids." Looking back she has felt
: extremely 'lucky' for where life took her. For those kids of Nick & Linda, this
: book is truly a treasure - the first part told many stories of her childhood in
: immense detail. I'll admit I skipped halfway through this part as I didn't 'connect'
: in this time (post-war California, her home life, etc.) but it would have been
: something I'm sure she had all wished our mothers could have written about.
: Her move to work at the Trident was very interesting - to a point I could picture
: life in my early 20's working there and living in the apartment across the street as
: she did. This is where she first meets Nick and his first wife, Joan.
: She moves to Oregon with a guy named Bill, I think around the same time Nick and
: Joan do; pretty much becoming neighbors and her and Nick, close friends. Linda
: becomes pregnant with her and Bill's first child (Jenni), Joan moves back to
: California, and she counts on Nick for friendship and sees in herself they are
: becoming close.
: She has definitely a flower-child quality that speaks through this book; but it
: really is a good one and I look forward to reading and bringing more insight.
: Hope all are well!