"A mystery that feels close to home"
Reviewed by Sharon Salituro
Posted April 12, 2017
While Johnnie has some rally great things happening in her
life, there are also a few less-than-great plaguing her. She
finally went back to college to continue her writing
degree and landed a job writing for
a local newspaper. But with the good comes the unsettling
-- her youngest son Cade enlisted in the Army.
Johnny has faced a lot in her life, but nothing compared
to worrying about her son daily. Along with that, she is
also seeing racism in her some town. One day while
standing by the war statue, a young man calls out very
negative comments and throws a beer at the statue, inciting
Johnny to write about this in her column. This is just the
first of a series of racially and violent threats in
Johnny happens to run into this young man at the
recruiting center. After he leaves she has a long talk
with the recruiter. He takes her to where he lives, and
Johnny is blown away by the conditions that he has to
live in. It is no wonder that he is the way he is.
Not only does Johnny deal with the unsettling nature of her
town, she also faces one of the biggest surprises of her
life -- the unexpected visit from a long-lost family member.
All I can say on this book is terrific. I have read
COME LATELY, and while I loved it, SEVEN WINGS TO GLORY
surpasses Kathleen Rodgers' previous work. Rodgers's
stories are imaginative and engaging, there is no wonder I
think she's one of the best. I love the way she takes you
step by step though Johnny's life.
Whether it is talking about her family or her writing.
I loved this book so much I was sorry I finished it in one day.
Rodgers shows what a family goes though when one
of them is off to war. My heart goes out to these families.
With what is going on
now in our country, Kathleen connects on all of this.
Great book, read Johnny come lately first, than this one.
You will love both of them.
Johnnie Kitchen is finally living her dream, attending
college and writing a column for the local paper. She adores
her husband Dale and chocolate Labrador Brother Dog, and
they reside in a comfortable home in the small town of
Portion in North Texas. Their three children are thriving
and nearly grown. But Johnnie is rattled when her youngest
boy Cade goes to fight in Afghanistan. The less frequent his
emails, the more she frets for his safety.
On the home front, Johnnie learns that Portion is not the
forward-thinking town she believed. A boy Cade's age,
inflamed by a liberal bumper sticker and the sight of
Johnnie's black friend Whit, attacks them with the N-word
and a beer bottle. After Johnnie writes about the incident
in her column, a man named Roosevelt reaches out with
shameful stories from Portion's untold history. More tears
and triumphs will follow, as Johnnie's eyes are opened to
man's capacity for hate and the power of love and forgiveness.
The sequel to Johnnie Come Lately.
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