Walk Me Home is an insightful look into a real-life tragedy. As Russ Kildare learns to deal with his dyslexia, he grows ever closer to Cathy, a fellow student at the University of Nebraska. Unfortunately, Cathy becomes the victim of a horrible crime, and we are with Russ as he works through his anger and his grief to find forgiveness for the man who took Cathy away from him. The first part of the book is a study in getting to know Russ better so we can understand his actions later. I rate this a 4.5 stars, rounding up because Ms. Kovanda's writing feels like a friend telling a fascinating story.
This was definitely the most intriguing book I've read in a long time. After about 2 chapters I was ready to put it down, but I persevered, and now I'm glad I did. This is a human drama that happens too frequently. The author must have been close to there to be able to write with such clarity and ethos. To say I enjoyed it, yes but it upset me that I could just envision the whole story, and I felt their loneliness, and helplessness. I kep reading hoping that it would get better, I can't say any more,.
Kovanda knocks it out of the park as always. This man is so many things—a priest, a soldier, a cop... but he is also a man who makes mistakes. He is a real man, imperfect and unpolished. But yet, he is still a man who loves one woman to the end. This is a moving story, beautifully written.
Sometimes you try to do everything right and it just turns out completely wrong. Russ Kildare knows that only too well that. Decisions he made in his stormy youth follows him through his life and punch him in the stomach every once in a while. As I read, there were so many times I just shook my head and thought "Oh no. This can't happen." But it does. It really does...and it makes the reader wonder what's around the bend. What more can happen? This well crafted story is laced with emotions ranging from anger to pathos,. As if that isn't enough, there's a whole lot of soul searching going on. I found myself wondering "What would I do if I were in his shoes?" I don't honestly know if I would be as noble. Take a trip through good and evil and see how your conscience fares. Be ready to keep on reading, because you won't want to put it down.
Walk Me Home is a gripping, moving journey into the past, during the turmoil of college over the time of the Vietnam war and the Kent State Massacre. More than that, it's a glimpse into the world of college wrestling and the cutthroat competition Russ faces, which leads him to make choices he regrets. It's the story of love, deep and enduring, and one woman's shining influence as Russ adopts many roles in his search for who he is and who he is becoming. It's a story of grace and supernatural forgiveness, and John chose the right person to tell the story his father wanted the world to know.
Once again, Lisa puts you there, you can feel all of Russ Kildare's frustrations, pain, anger all of his emotions throughout the whole book. You catch yourself wondering what more is gonna happen to this poor man. Looking into oneself to find the rights and wrongs and hopefully right all wrongs but it doesn't always work out so easily. Be ready to read this one to the end, because you won't want to put it down.
What a treat! I read this book in 2 days I was so taken by it. When I got to the end I didn't want it to end. I wanted to meet Russ Kildare. That's how great of a story it was - and everyone should read it. WHAT an amazing hero in real life. RECOMMEND. THEBOOKDORK