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Death Is What You Make It Eleanor Never Wanted To Leave The Daughter She Loved So Much The Overpowering Urge To Wander To Search, Without Knowing What She Sought Drove Her Away She Left Little Cassidy In Her Family S Loving Care But Cassidy And The Others Died In An Accident Before Eleanor Could Find Her Way HomeNow, They Are All Reunited, In An Afterlife Where Nothing Is Truly Lost Places Once Loved May Be Revisited, Memories Relived And Even Shared Surely This Is A Place Where They Can Understand And Heal And Yet, The Restlessness That Shaped Eleanor S Life Still Haunts Her In Death And Now, She Find Herself Dreaming Of A Man She Never Met Somehow, She Must Solve The Mystery Of Her Life Or None Of Them Will Be At Peace

10 thoughts on “Wander Home

  1. says:

    I received a free copy of this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.Strange That s the only word I can give it This was a very strange, but somehow believable fictional take on the afterlife Whenever I read, I try to connect with the book on some level In this case, I tried to put my deceased relatives in this fictional afterlife world A few times it would work, other times it wouldn t I even tried to explain the book to a co worker and I just couldn t It s just a wierd book Wierd and strange is not always bad, but in this case, it didn t let me really enjoy the book There was one thread in it that kept pulling at me so that I did eventually finish the book, but it wasn t a really enjoyable read I keep vascillating between 2 1 2 stars or 3 Just for the one part that kept me coming back, I ll give it three stars.

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    Excerpted from longer review originally posted on Jill on October 2, 2012.Karen Wyle s latest, Wander Home, is not only a lovely tale about the after life and after world, but also a lovely vision of what I hope that life world looks like This is the story of an after life in which we are whatever age we want to be, surrounded by whatever people we want around us It is a story about how death, even untimely death, doesn t have to be the end of everything It is a story about the consequences of the choices we make, and the difficulty even we can have in understanding and living with the reach of those consequences Wyle s isn t the first vision of the afterlife that addresses these concepts Richard Matheson s What Dreams May Come springs to mind , but it is one of the loveliest.Eleanor s life is tragic and heart breaking not only for the things she lost, but for the things she spent so long trying to find There is a nice twist hidden in the layers of family drama, redemption, and the quest for understanding, and it s handled deftly and with a unique spin that keeps it from feeling in any respect derivative, even if it s not a brand new construct Sorry that is so obtuse, but I don t want to give spoilers Wyle has a lovely way with language, weaving characters and setting together into a seamless tapestry of an after life that I personally hope bears than a passing resemblance to what s really out there.I started the book in the morning, on a sick day I read through until it was finished, that evening Even with my cold medicine addled brain and eyes I could barely keep open, I couldn t put it down Don t miss this one It s a beautiful story, well written and smoothly paced with characters you can t help but fall in love with especially Cassidy and Great Grandma Amanda Thanks for another great novel Karen I can t wait for the next one

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    This is a story that takes place solely in the afterlife aside from the memories that were made while the characters were still alive It is depicted as a place where you can be any age you want at any given moment, you can revisit places you once loved, you can relive memories and share them with others, and you can even eat a delicious meal and then simply wave the dishes away What an amazing place, a great vision for what the afterlife could be If it really is like this, then I wouldn t be so afraid of death On top of the fascinating concept of the afterlife, it is also about a troubled family who is finally able to reconcile It centers around Eleanor, who abandoned her daughter and left her with her family her parents and grandmother Sadly enough, the family died in a car accident before she was able to make her way back home to them She really did love her family, but she was lost and confused, unable to live a normal life When she enters the afterlife at a young age, she tries to make things right and to find out why she made the decision she did When she finally solves that mystery, you are led into almost a whole other story Her background was complex and involved than I would have guessed It was definitely unexpected I thought I wouldn t like Eleanor because she left her child, and I still don t agree with what she did, but it was somewhat understandable This incredibly well written book will quickly pull you in, and you won t want to put it down It reads like artful, literary fiction without being dull, boring, or difficult to follow I loved this book for its originality and for its story about a broken family who has the chance to become whole again in another life.

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    I really enjoyed this, overall Wyle s writing style is very clean It s descriptive and evocative, but not florid There were a few spots where I think I would have connected with the characters if she had toned down the presentation of her afterlife The fluidity of appearances settings sometimes made it a bit harder to bond with the reality of the interactions That same mechanism, though, showed off the beauty of Wyle s writing, and lent an interesting edge to what could have been a saccharine story of redemption.The story was the weakest part of this, to me It felt like she couldn t decide which direction to take it in, so some aspects of the core conflict, particularly in the last act, did not feel organic It felt a bit too narrow to be effective as a mystery novel, but not quite connected enough to be a gripping romance Maybe I just wished it would have been darker I think there was some real potential for supernatural suspense and conflict in the last act, that was never quite capitalized on, and would have created tension prior to her ending Wyle s strength is in her scene building Her locations are absolutely stunningly executed I would love to see her build the nuance of her dialogue a bit , to provide that same attention to detail to the characters individual voices Despite a few flaws though, this is a very well written novel, and sure to resonate with readers who like just a little supernatural tension, and stories of destined happy endings.Note I received my copy of this from the author, for review purposes.

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    I really enjoyed this story It was rather a unique look at the afterlife This is a journey about a woman, Eleanor, who now that she is dead is trying to figure out her life She wants to know what made her so restless Why did she abandon her child to be raised by her parents And now that she s been reunited with her family can she reconnect with them Can she get them to forgive her And will she come to understand the dreams she is having about people she has never met Or will her being restless, unsettled, keep her from making changes and finding her answers It s interesting take on the afterlife because they all live a normal life, in the same world they did when they were alive The neat part is they can change their age and be that age if they want They can share an actual experience with a person, so they can see it like it is just happening They can have that person feel an experience as another person It definitely has some interesting twists and different concepts of what death may mean There is I d like to say but it will ruin the story for you It s a bit confusing in the beginning mainly because I forgot they were all dead but keep reading, it all starts making sense And there is such a cool twist in the story I enjoyed reading it and would definitely recommend it I look forward to reading by this author.

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    I thought this book was interesting, but not fantastic.The highlight for me was some of the author s ideas about the afterlife The people there can change their age at will So one moment someone might be a young child and then the next moment they re a teenager.I also like how they exchange memories with each other.For about half of the book, I felt like there wasn t much of a storyline It was just a family spending time together in the afterlife There were mild amounts of interpersonal conflict, but for the most part it felt like a slice of life type thing Or a slice of after life Then a storyline appeared I felt it was a bit odd maybe because of my own personal beliefs about life after death I ll try to be vague, so I don t give anything away But what I believe is a fairly common belief But the book made it seem like a crazy rare thing in terms of life after death I felt the author wanted me to be shockedalmost as if no one had ever considered the possibility before That being said, the author did provide a twist to the phenomena which I don t think I ve encountered before I found that interesting.

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    First of all I have to give this story its props for being original I take place in the afterlife where a person can relive their memories Other than What Dream May Come, I haven t seen anything like this Now, that being said, I also want to state that this book wasn t what I usually read Yes, there was a large paranormal element and spirituality, but I prefer my books with action.However, I think many people would love this book It is a heartwarming tale about reuniting with family and finding oneself The story focuses on Eleanor and her need to wander, even in the afterlife I love how even after death she is trying to find herself All of the characters are well portrayed Each has their own personal ghosts to deal with.Overall, I would recommend this book for anyone who like literary with a touch of paranormal.

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    Note I received this book from the author in exchange for an honest review.I like the concept for this book and the story was intriguing I did however, have a hard time wrapping my mind around the concept and actually getting into the story Once the reader can get through the changes and the actual world of the afterlife it is easier reading The characters show growth throughout and are relatable on some level Overall I did enjoy reading the book though the first part was hard to get through.Also on

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    Note I was given a copy of this book by the author to review Wander Home opens with a great description of a day at the beach, and instantly we get a sense of something different Wyle doesn t stop the story to explain though, she just keeps the scene going, choosing her moment to tell us about it, not when we ask for it I have known many an author to do this to readers and I have to say I rather like the mystery if there is a chance it gets revealed to us later.There is no real surprise this book is about death and the afterlife, Wyle s preface tells readers that it is set in the afterlife, but the way she has chosen to write about it gives it a new perspective, and does actual make you forget this is supposed to be death In that sense there was a Lovely Bones feel about it all There was no connection to earth like Susie Salmon had, yet the ability to change heaven to be what you wanted and see people you once knew or even wanted to meet was similar Not to lessen the impact of Wander Home mind you, it has been very well constructed as a reality and through description and detail it adds depth and truth.We are first introduced to Cassidy, her grandparents Sarah and Jack, and her great grandmother Amanda playing on the beach We are given no real answers about what is going on, not only regarding their situation, but also to the rules of this reality You can only assume that this is how the world works and accept it, and then hope it is going to be revealed later on The initial mystery does not remain long as the arrival of Cassidy s mother Eleanor starts a chain reaction of clarification As things are explained to Eleanor, we too are given an explanation This is often the case, we learn as they learn In well written stories it makes the necessary information smoother, without the need of long paragraphs where entire worlds are broken down for reader understanding before the story can continue.Once you see that this afterlife is filled with people from everywhere and every time, it is interesting to see how they live their lives We are told that sleep in unnecessary, though people still enjoy it, but whether food and drink is required is unclear There seems to be a lot of conversations involving and revolving around food which sparked my query, but there are multiple other unnecessary things that people did as well Humans, I think, like having structure In a world where you can be whenever and have such freedom everyone still manages to fall into the same systems they know There is a society of sorts in this story, no matter how surreal or fantastical, and people relive and do what they enjoyed in life People make things and they work, whether they need to or not People teach, people create, and there are markets and festivals where money is exchange as recognition of a job well done for the creation than anything else People buy chairs from a craftsman when they could conjure one themselves In that sense there is a lot to make you forget it is anything like death Is this the point Again we come back to The Lovely Bones idea, heaven was what you made it, places are created and shared and remembered because of what people did and how they lived The entire world is made up of the memories of the humans who live within the world In that sense it is rather philosophical, at the very least poetic or something.Wyle does have a very poetic way of writing, some of her descriptions are really well written, and even the seemingly non important details are not neglected Her vocabulary is also very advanced, I found that I had discovered three new words by the end of the book contrapuntal, sartorial, and atavistic all of which I had never heard before and all of which are fantastic words There is a great quote in there about reading as well Reading let you climb inside of people even though they were made up people and end up understanding humans, in general, a little better I think this is yet another great understanding of the power of reading Another one of my favourite lines was Kindly allow me the prejudices of my time , for some reason I thought that was a very eloquent line it really stood out to me.The ideal Wyle has created is highly alluring If only there was a realm, in life or death where you could change, relive, feel, think, and be in any age you wished Young and playful, old and wise, it is an interesting concept, especially the ability to relive old memories with exact detail whenever you pleased, emotions included and everything Though if anything it should make you appreciate the fact you can do most of those things now, instead of spending you time wishing and waiting for it to be possible later on Not to get swept up in the promise of an ideal and instead live while you have the chance.Through Eleanor s narrative we realise that things may not be as simple as it first appeared Just when we think we finally have figured out the world we are given new information that is mysterious, and being mysterious to the characters themselves makes it intriguing Initially we see alternating views between members of the family but as the story progresses it is clear Eleanor becomes the driving force in the story This was not a bad thing, while the story was still being introduced we get a lot about the other characters and their histories, and despite the focus being around Eleanor s story a lot , we still learn about the other characters, they are not forgotten.Overall it was a good read, it was different and imaginative Wyle manages to capture family dynamics rather well and the relationships between family members whether it is husbands and wives, mothers and daughters, or the wisdom of a great grandmother to a child Despite the nature of the topic it is not a complicated read, though there are a few minor adult themes Whilst reading I did find a few spelling and name errors but I have since been informed by the author that these issues where in fact not mistakes, but rather deliberate conscious actions either way they do not distract from the story There are no jarring sentences and the detail and description of the locations are than enough to compensate minor mistakes And on a side note, there is a discussion about whether the Hanging Gardens ever existed by chance I read an article this morning that concluded there is strong evidence that they never did So there you go.This review is also posted on my blog

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    MY REVIEWI was actually asked to Beta Read this book and give my honest opinion on it The book plot wasn t 100% finalized and indeed it has been tweaked since the first version I read The book also had no title or cover The cover above may yet be changed or tweaked.I like this cover as it could represent either the three main females in the book, and also three of the main ages visited in the book.The blurb is great it gives you enough information to interest you further yet leaves out the things I feel are important for you to discover in the book for yourselves.The book begins with Cassie, and I admit I was a little confused as to who she was and what was happening, but, as you read further all becomes clear and it makes you appreciate the beginning and how it was written The book flows really well and keeps your interest throughout Of course there are always characters you prefer to others, in this book I found I liked most characters there was only Cassie s grand dad that I disliked a little and maybe that was as he was quite a small character within the whole story I also admit to disliking Eleanor to begin with Eleanor initially seems a selfish kind of person who cares only for herself giving no thought as to how her actions affect those around her The character of Eleanor led me to believe that Cassie was viewed as a burden to her in her life Then as the story develops you learn about the character of Eleanor, and there are some twists and turns in the plot that explain that Eleanor to the reader so you can understand her The book deals with some complex issues that people have varying opinion on such as the afterlife, re incarnation, as well as simpler and widely and freely discussed concepts like fate and destiny That there is a bigger plan for us all, that our lives are mapped out even before we are born.I loved Karen s version of how we live on after death and the fact that we reunite with our loved ones that have passed before us as well as seeing those that pass after us once again too.The book really reminded me of an old film I watched as a child Originally a Russian Film dubbed into English, starring a very young Patsy Kensit It was about two young children who are tasked with finding and bringing back an elusive bluebird To find this bluebird they visit many strange places and meet many people such as Old Father Time They see a place where babies are collected and sent down to earth life to their parents they also see the afterlife where your loved ones go when they pass It was depicted as a beautiful cottage and garden that your loved ones live2 in and they some how sense when you think of them and feel happy you are thinking of them The film left me feeling really contented and really calm and happy That is the same strong feeling and emotions you feel upon reading this book.Karen writes it so well, I hope she doesn t take offense to the following analogy but you feel like you are slipping on a comfy cardigan when you fall into the plot and story of this novel.So did I enjoy the book Yes sigh that s just how contented you feel upon reading it Would I read , if this book turns out to be part of a series Yes Would I read by Karen A Wyle I already intend to Would I recommend Yes and I have.