Kendra's Spirit Kindle Edition
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"I can't recommend this novel highly enough. Kendra gets five stars all the way!" - J.Cornell Michel, author of Jordan's Brains
"If you go through only one book a month, or one book a year... this is the book you need to read." - Lex Allen, author of The Imagine Trilogy
"From the moment I picked it up I couldn't put it down." - Andrew Spencer, author of Humanity
"One of the most engaging love stories I've ever read." - Dean C. Moore, author of The Hundred Year Clones
From the Author
- File Size : 3209 KB
- Publication Date : June 13, 2014
- Publisher : Noetic ePress (June 13, 2014)
- Print Length : 342 pages
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Word Wise : Enabled
- Enhanced Typesetting : Enabled
- X-Ray : Not Enabled
- Simultaneous Device Usage : Unlimited
- Screen Reader : Supported
- Language: : English
- ASIN : B00KYIEVGM
- Lending : Enabled
- Best Sellers Rank: #2,413,784 in Kindle Store (See Top 100 in Kindle Store)
- Customer Reviews:
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While this books falls outside the spectrum of my interest, it is hard to classify.
After the first few pages, when an average, albeit a little quirky, guy Keith gets the hot adventurous reporter Kendra, I said to myself, "Oh no, please don't be a romance." Nevertheless, the plot quickly took a turn, and the romance was not to be. Well, not the in the cheesy, laughable way romance books tend to go, anyway.
The turn I mention was Kendra going on an assignment to Iraq, to cover the troops' withdrawal. Here, the author uses the story as a platform to offer a glimpse into the mind of a suicide bomber, and one very plausible scenario behind the bomber's decision to detonate himself. But there is much more - a museum visit serves as a short lesson in history of a region many Americans know only from the media reports and the spin news corporations put out to further their own agendas. Through Kendra's interactions the reader grasps a compelling visual of life in a war-torn country, while at the same time recognizing the detachment those back home feel for the region as a whole.
When Kendra is injured in the explosion, her spiritual life takes the center stage and drives the story forward. Keith and his corporate life are set aside, and an entire new dimension to his personality and experiences sets this novel in yet another direction. It becomes a painful love story, a story of two individuals worlds apart yet together all the same, each suffering in their own way.
A cast of secondary characters comes alive as the plot thickens, each playing their respective roles and further advancing the story. Kendra's parents view the situation from a religious angle, bringing in the questions of dogma and spirituality. Keith's mother serves as the embodiment of control and guilt, while the carefree coworker and greedy boss serve as a reminder of two cultures clashing in our contemporary corporate world.
Then there is the metaphysical element, a ghost angle, and the age-old question of spirituality versus organized religion. See, I did say that the book was hard to classify.
Overall, Reaching Kendra was not only entertaining but also educational. It is a well-written novel that, while hard to classify, was a pleasure to read. If you are looking for a cookie-cutter romance, then this book is not for you. However, if you are an adventurous reader who likes to be surprised, then Reaching Kendra may be just the right book to read next.
The author debates some very big questions, the main character tackles the problem of religion hemming us in and shackling us into restrictions, fighting with his ‘in-laws’ to accept the impossible. I enjoyed this and felt as frustrated as Keith. The ending has a twist I did not anticipate. I’m not sure how I feel about that ending, but if you’re looking for a novel that dares to pry away the pastiche of limitation we’re forced to embrace and accept, and view instead our potential if we choose to be limitless, then this is definitely a love story you should be reading. Five stars for keeping it real.
A brief synopsis, other than the one Mr. Wolfe uses to describe his latest novel, is superfluous, and would run the risk of giving away a piece of the intense emotional ride that awaits the reader. The phrase, “I could not put this book down,” is an understatement when talking about Kendra. There are times when a single sentence or phrase is all that’s required to pass along praise for a book, a story, a great novel and that is…
If you go through only one book a month, or one book a year; if you are cracking open your very first novel, “Kendra” is the book you need to read.