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Seven Wings to Glory Kindle Edition
"Kathleen Rodgers skillfully shows how no town is small enough and no family perfect enough to be outside the reach of war, racism, and the heartbreak life hands out on a regular basis to all those who love."
--Elizabeth Marro, author of Casualties
"Kathleen M. Rodgers has the gift of making you care deeply about her characters. I had a hard time putting this book down until I reached the end!"
--Deborah Kalb, author of George Washington and the Magic Hat and Haunting Legacy, co-authored with Marvin Kalb
"Rodgers depicts her characters fully and empathetically, inspiring her readers to have the same grace exhibited by the Kitchen family and friends."
--Terri Barnes, author of Spouse Calls: Messages From a Military Life, a collection of her columns for Stars & Stripes
"Seven Wings to Glory captures the mind, heart and soul of its heroine. Kathleen M. Rodgers' gift of storytelling is extraordinary."
--Readers' Favorite Reviews
"I adore the flawed, imperfect, deeply loving, and tough-as-nails Kitchen family: I would read a hundred books about them, and I will read anything Kathleen M. Rodgers writes."
--Andria Williams, author of The Longest Night and founder of Military Spouse Book Review
"A well-crafted book that allows readers to experience actions right along with the characters."
"With empathy and a true sense of place, Rodgers examines small town racism, the tragedy and heroism of military life, and the multilayered pain of family secrets."
--Johnnie Bernhard, author of A Good Girl
"Rodgers' fiction is both sensuous and gritty, and her references to people and topics currently in the news make this story riveting."
--Drema Hall Berkheimer, author of Running on Red Dog Road: And Other Perils of an Appalachian Childhood
"This book is terrific [....] Rodgers' stories are imaginative and engaging. No wonder I think she's one of the best. I love the way she takes you step by step though Johnnie's life, whether it is 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 Johnnie Come Lately first, then this one. You will love them both."
--Sharon Salituro for Fresh Fiction
"I really loved Seven Wings to Glory! Kathleen M. Rodgers has the gift of making you care deeply about her characters, and in this sequel to Johnnie Come Lately she explores some important issues: Johnnie's son is serving in the military in Afghanistan, and back home, Johnnie is dealing with the impacts of racism on her friends and her town. I had a hard time putting this book down until I reached the end!"
--Deborah Kalb, author of George Washington and the Magic Hat and Haunting Legacy, co-authored with Marvin Kalb--This text refers to an alternate kindle_edition edition.
About the Author
- ASIN : B06XPQ5SKF
- Publisher : Camel Press (15 March 2017)
- Language : English
- File size : 3360 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Print length : 306 pages
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In Seven Wings to Glory, I once again found myself under the spell of Mrs. Rodgers’ excellent writing skills. This story deals with the topic of racial issues in the past and present of the little town of Portion, Texas. Johnnie’s troubled mother is back in town. Will Johnnie get past the feelings of abandonment and deceit from her childhood and learn to love her mother again, or will she let those feelings simmer and come to a boil like the crockpot of pinto beans on her kitchen counter?
And how will she handle the racial hatred that threatens her own family’s safety?
I think my favorite part of Seven Wings to Glory is the way Mrs. Rodgers portrays Johnnie as a military mom. Her love for her children is intrinsic and unwavering, and as her son is deployed, she lives in constant fear of a black car appearing in her driveway bearing bad news.
The characters were so real; the storyline so authentic, I found myself frantically worried that, (1) Victoria, Johnnie’s mother was going to try yet another suicide attempt, (2) that her friend Whit was going to be targeted for her skin color, and (3) that her kitchen window would be bearing the load of a gold star rather than the blue one presented to her upon her son Cade’s deployment.
Please have a box of tissues handy when you read this; not that the book is filled with sadness only, but that it is filled with all the trials and joys that go along with our humanness and our ability to laugh and cry over them at the same time. Thank you, Kathleen Rodgers! As an author myself, I admire your ability to make your readers feel as if they're in the story right along with Johnnie. It's wonderful to reach the end and realize that you've just read a truly outstanding book! Glenda Manus, author of The Southern Grace Series.
As intrepid columnist Johnnie Kitchen uncovers family ghosts, she finds long buried secrets in her community, and the simmering hatred underneath. It takes all of Johnnie's courage to dig to depths of both. I loved following Johnnie along in her discoveries, at times spine tingling and at others, inspirational. The characters of Seven Wings to Glory, especially its hero Johnnie Kitchen--full of love, truth, and hope--will stay with me for a long time to come.