“The Long Road Forward” is the second book in Author James Dick’s Coastal Carolina series, following “The Long Road Back.” The series traces the return of fictional former Confederate soldier Josh Eldridge to life in Currituck County, North Carolina and his trials, tribulations and successes as he finds his way forward. It picks up where book one left off in late 1873 and covers his determining how to weather the Great Depression of 1873 for his tugboat transportation business and his dedication to growing the faithful. It contains joy and excitement, pain and suffering, a look at family life in those days and the importance of faith. It is a time when the unknown and isolated Outer Banks of North Carolina begin recognition as a destination for sportsmen and vacationers and faces the difficulties required to overcome the force of nature in that fragile coastal area. James writes about this beautiful area based upon his experiences and the stories he was told in youthful summers living there. His first book on the area, a true story entitled “Summers at Old Nags Head,” detailed his personal adventures and fun times on that beautiful shore in the 1950’s and ‘60’s.