Wander Home by Karen A. Wyle
★★★★★ Wander Home isn’t your normal book. It could certainly be categorized as paranormal, although that connotation doesn’t readily come to mind. Instead, it’s a bittersweet story of one family’s journey both on earth and in the afterlife as they struggle to make sense out of relationships, personalities and love, for love is what the book is ultimately about.
Eleanor had a pretty normal childhood. She had to wander, she couldn’t help herself. She made decisions that others didn’t approve of. Some of those decisions hurt the ones she loved the most. She abandoned a daughter, left parents wondering where she was and if she would ever return.
Enter the afterlife. Things are definitely different here. You are able to change into another age, another time. Will Eleanor come to understand herself? Will she come to grips with the terrible guilt she has carried for years? Will her daughter, Cassidy, ever forgive her and seek to have a relationship with the mother who was not present on earth?
The author, Karen A. Wyle has created characters so full of personality that you are drawn to them and really want the issues to be resolved. Amanda (Great Grandmother), Sarah and Jack, Eleanor and Cassidy are people you will remember for a long time to come. As they come to grips with the afterlife and how to live within its boundaries, Eleanor realizes that she is as restless here as she was on earth. She finally realizes that she must come to grips with the problems that haunt her before she and her family – especially Cassidy – will ever learn to trust and respect her again.
If you’d like to find out more about author Karen Wyle, read my interview with her here.