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Overview

Wander Home by Karen A. Wyle, Michelle Hartz, Stuart Lawson

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 home.

Now, 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. Somehow, she must solve the mystery of her life -- or none of them will be at peace.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781481167093
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 12/12/2012
Pages: 276
Product dimensions: 5.25(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.58(d)

About the Author

Karen A. Wyle was born a Connecticut Yankee, but moved every few years throughout her childhood and adolescence. After college in California, law school in Massachusetts, and a mercifully short stint in a large San Francisco law firm, she moved to Los Angeles, where she met her now-husband, who hates L.A. They eventually settled in Bloomington, Indiana, home of Indiana University.

Wyle's voice is the product of almost five decades of reading both literary and genre fiction. It is no doubt also influenced, although she hopes not fatally tainted, by her years of law practice. Her personal history has led her to focus on often-intertwined themes of family, communication, the impossibility of controlling events, and the persistence of unfinished business.

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Wander Home 3.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
kbaby920 More than 1 year ago
I generally liked the overall storyline to this book. The beginning was confusing at first but as I got into it, it was a calming and soothing read. The characters were very down to earth and understandable. They shifted through ages like a shape shifter in transition. It wasn’t your normal type of fantasy or paranormal and I can’t even describe it as that. It was more of a reunion of good old family values mixed with growing pains. I liked the way Karen writes. Her words flow and they gave me the sense of being laid back on a beach chair with a good book and a cold glass of lemonade. I was able to follow the characters and even love Cassidy, Jack and Sarah. What I found that I didn’t like about the book was its unfamiliar territory. While that should give it brownie points for being original I hated having to re-read a chapter or paragraph to make sure I was grasping it all. The plot- being in an afterlife, the transitional period and what could happen could be described as fanatical and basic at best, but I still felt a little lost when trying to get a grip between my own imaginings and that of the Author. What kept it interesting is that old age tale of a mother’s love and the bond between herself and child that surpasses all- even death. How reuniting in the afterlife may come with a few bumps in the road. How you have to face up to the wrong you did throughout your life, and also the finality of forgiveness. Everyone’s perception of what it may entail is different, and I liked Karen’s take on this aspect.
Marguerite52 More than 1 year ago
Free book for review. The concept is good but was took way over the top, it needs to be toned down. Characters are ones you can connect with and yes even love.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Teresita Rivera for Readers Favorite The story revolves around Eleanor’s search for something in her life. But she herself seems to be confounded about what she was searching for. She left behind a daughter in the care of her family - her parents and grandmother - while searching for that something missing in her life. But her wandering proved futile until she was reunited again with her family in the afterlife, they having died in a car accident earlier. Yet, even as she found them, she continued to feel that something was missing and her family was clearly on edge that any moment she might take off again in search for what she herself could not put a finger on. The story itself dwells on a common theme - a daughter in search of a mother’s love, a mother who so longs to provide that love but feels inadequate in face of her own search for self and a family who provides them unconditional support. The uniqueness is in the telling. It being set in the afterlife, where time and space set no boundaries, one is brought to a different level of perception. The story inspires one to stretch the imagination to envision a world where one becomes adult and child by just calling it to mind, where one travels in space and time yet untraveled by just linking with another similarly minded. If this were a motion picture, one would be feasting in never-ending sights and sounds, visions that only the imagination can conjure.
ReenaH More than 1 year ago
Wander Home was a wonderful and original novel written by Karen A. Wyle. This book was written in the perspectives of the main characters. This has helped us keep up with the events of the book as they went along and has also provided us a way to connect with each character. One of my favorites would have to be Cassidy. Although the book started off in a way that was a little confusing, the author has managed to answer all the questions as the book progresses. In this book, the characters are in an after-life in which they may be any age they desire and can recollect or live out past memories. Now this, I wish would happen cause that's pretty cool - gettig to be as young or old as you want at any given time and being able to revisit your greatest moments. With that said, Eleanor and her family can't enjoy this life unless they figure out all the mysteries going about like the dreams she has and the figures she dreams about when they appear in the after-life. And what about the mysterious young man who feels so familiar and that she ends up dreaming about? What does he want with her? And why on Earth does he says that he needs to tell her things about her past life? Wander Home has a few surprises here and there, unfortunately I predicted the most important one, but that didn't stop me from enjoying it! I hope to see more books from the author!
Noree More than 1 year ago
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 more 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. 
RavenaierKP More than 1 year ago
**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.
avidreader012 More than 1 year ago
This was a truly fascinating story about the afterlife. It had wonderful details of relationships, love, fear, hope and wonderment. All of this and with a wonderful spin on things. It was very well written and the characters came to life on the page. I really enjoyed reading this book but was hoping for answers on how some of the characters came to be there. All in all, I would definitely recommend it!
MommaSaysRead More than 1 year ago
By Momma on July 21, 2013 This was a very interesting book, I was intrigued at first, but then had some trouble holding until halfway through. I did not want to like Eleanor and still really don’t. There is no excuse for abandoning your children, regardless of what drove you to it. So I couldn’t like her no matter how hard I tried. The other characters in the book were fairly well-drawn. The tragedy was difficult for me to read about, I was just waiting and waiting for something good to happen. It does, you just have to hang on. The description of the afterlife is enjoyable, it reminded me somewhat of What Dreams May Come, which happens to be one of my favorite movies. The concepts and relationships compare somewhat, but not in an unpleasing way. There was something lacking in how the family dealt with the emotions of abandonment in respect to Eleanor. It felt a little glazed over. I would like to have seen a little more anger in respect to how everyone felt. But maybe that’s just me. Overall, if you can hang on through the first part of the book, it is an enjoyable read, the description of the afterlife is satisfying and makes me want to go there! I would pick up this book if you are looking for a family drama that delves a little deeper into the fragile state of humans. What does Momma Think? Wander Home by Karen A. Wyle 3 cookies!
Anonymous More than 1 year ago