Saturday, June 16, 2018

Getting There (All Roads Lead Home #1) by L. L. Ward

Title: Getting There (All Roads Lead Home #1)
Author: L. L. Ward
Pages: 334
Release Date: June 11, 2018
Genre: Western
Publisher: CKN Christian Publishing
Format: eBook (also available in Paperback)
Note: I received a complimentary eBook copy of this novel from the publisher. I have chosen to write this review to express my personal opinion.

About the book:

     Getting lost is easy. Finding your way home’s the tricky part.

     Burned out Jesse McKlintock has nowhere left to go except right back to the place he cut loose from ten years ago in a blind rage. In those ten years, he stayed blind drunk. Now he hates himself as passionately as those who betrayed him. He is an old thirty-six needing to winter somewhere. And the chip on his shoulder from years of being hated for his skin is getting mighty heavy.

     Getting There reveals Jesse’s rich Scot-Wichita heritage while trekking up north to winter in Wyoming, simultaneously traveling back in time to his roots, carried by his Native American grandmother’s tales spanning over eighty years across pre-Indian Territory linking his past, present, and future generations.

     Time may not heal all wounds, Jesse will learn. It will, however, do its part when we at least show up for ours.

My review:

     An entertaining, yet thought provoking western.

     The depth of many of the characters amazed me. I felt like I was truly able to get inside their skin at times and see things from their viewpoint. At times in this book we were looking at the past as if it were the present as Jesse was remembering his ancestors lives. 

     While he was making the horseback journey home he had three unusual encounters with very strange individuals. Each of them made one statement that had me stopping to think. This portion of the book was reminiscent of A Christmas Carol by Charles Dickens for me. Each of these encounters had Jesse taking stock of another aspect of his life.

     Then to top it off the drastic changes he found when he reached home had him trying to sort things out. As he worked to heal his own wounds as well as those of others we got to know the people that were family to him.

     This story drew me in and held me captive. I am looking forward to finding out what happens in the next book.

     I have to give this wonderful story a rating of 5 stars. I’m highly recommending it.

Disclaimer: *Disclosure of Material Connection: I received a copy of this book for free in the hope that I would mention/review it on my blog. I was not required to give a positive review, only my honest opinion - which I've done. All thoughts and opinions expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission's 16 CFR, Part 255: "Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.*

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