"No. That's it. You don't get it. I have nothing. No family, no home, no one to miss me. I'm tired of this life anyway. Just do me a favor and do it now."
The old man dropped his smirk and stared at the cowboy for a long spell. He got up, walked over to a shelf and took down a bottle Jesse hadn't noticed before. The old man walked over to him and poured some of it in the open spot on his head. "That's just plain sad, son," he said. "I finally met a man more pitiful than me."
Getting lost is easy. Finding your way home's the tricky part. The struggle for survival can get messy, and that's for those who care. It gets downright ugly for those who don't.
Enter now into Jesse's journey of last resort, pressed onward by an unknown force driving him back to the very ground he'd cursed before leaving 10 years prior. Jesse crosses paths with a curious character who is thought to be an assassin named Maxwell Calkinmyer, receives a partially shot off ear compliments of Crazy Mary, and is shaken silly by a curmudgeon by the name of Levon.
Getting There, the first book in the All Roads Lead Home saga, reveals Jesse's rich Scot-Wichita heritage as he treks up north to Wyoming in order to winter. Not by choice. He'd just flat run out of places that would take him. Along the way, he travels back in time to his roots, where his Native American grandmother's tales span over 80 years across pre-Indian Territory, linking his past, present, and future generations.
Time may not heal all wounds, Jesse will learn. It will, however, do its part when we at least show up for our part. Getting There is an up and down, emotion-yanking, laugh-triggering, thought-provoking tale of betrayal, mystery, suspense, action, and adventure with more twists than a secondhand bread tie.
L. L. Ward, a prodigal native Oklahoman, takes you for a ride beginning in the early 1800s and brings it on home to present day through the course of the seven-book All Roads Lead Home series.
©2016 L. L. Ward (P)2016 L. L. Ward
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I didn't feel the book had an ending. Then to add to that angst, the second book is not available in Audible.
Everything! The day by day story as well as the ancestral story. A touch of mystical occurrences. The reading by J. Rodney Turner brought you back into the time the story was set at. The description of the locations were precise, not wordy.
The turning point for Jesse at the pond. The visions.
Jesse by far and the connection with his horse, Bessie.
Who couldn't have an extreme reaction to the book! It left me screaming for more and looking to see what the title to Book 2 was! A must read!
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L.L. Ward has created a captivating story. I found myself not wanting to turn it off once I started listening. The narrator did a awesome job of distinguishing between the characters. I never found myself confused which character was talking. Do yourselves a favor and listen to this audio book!
"It is the business of the times to change...and the business of gentlemen to change with them." ~Amor Towles in "Rules of Civility"
The only thing richer than author L. L. Wards’ characters is the spell-binding way she uses them to colorfully spin understated American history. The story is fantastically told in third person, and takes the reader/listener through many backstory time-flips in the first half of the book, before moving fluidly forward. During these toggles, we learn about main character Jessie: (1) how his mixed Irish and American Indian (Wichita) heritage came about; (2) how American history played into the toils and triumphs of his ancestors; and (3) glimmers of how Jessie’s own past and current struggles continue to play into his anger, resentment and relationships. Ward holds Jessie, his ancestors, and a host of other lively characters in a light that makes this story and the places in it (like the Flying Inn) sparkle with intricacy, intimacy, and far reaching interest. From page one (early in the listen) Jessie encounters personalities that are near-mythical and foreboding and irresistible. I was “fit to be tied” (phrase taken from the very early in the book), whenever a doorbell or phone-buzz interrupted my listening pleasure. Super wow on this one.
I fully appreciate the rich, southern gentleman/original cowboy voice of narrator J. Rodney Turner. Admittedly, it took me a minute to grow accustomed to his style, as he tends to fade out the end of words (especially multi-syllabic words), but soon I could not imagine anyone else narrating this magnificent story.
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It took a bit for this story to get started, but once it did the characters came to life. There was enough action to hold ones attention. The setting made
you feel you were right there. I will look for the next book in this series.
The narration was well done, the characters were well portrayed.
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