Synopsis of Wander Home by Karen Wyle-
Death is what you make it. . . 

Eleanor never wanted to leave the daughter she loved so much. The overpowering urge to wander — to search, without knowing what she sought — drove her away. She left little Cassidy in her family’s loving care. But Cassidy and the others died in an accident before Eleanor could find her way home.

Now, they are all reunited, in an afterlife where nothing is truly lost. Places once loved may be revisited; one may be any age suitable to the mood and moment; memories may be relived and even shared. Surely this is a place where they can understand and heal. And yet, the restlessness that shaped Eleanor’s life still haunts her in death. Somehow, she must solve the mystery of her life — or none of them will be at peace.

My Review-

Have you ever wondered what life after death would be like? I know I have. This is one glimpse into someone’s imagination as to what happens when our living days on earth are over. What if we are able to be reunited with our loved ones and have a chance to make up our past wrongs? Would we grasp at that chance or lose it? Here is Eleanor’s chance to find herself with her family there to support her. I enjoyed this book even though it strayed out of my normal genre of reads. The afterworld she created sounded amazing and sucked me in to find out more. I wanted to know what they could do and how they could do it. The twist in the book is hard to explain without giving too much away. Basically, Eleanor never felt peace in her human life. She always feels unsettled and never able to be happy with one person. She left her daughter behind with her parents and grandma to help find the cause of her unrest. They all passed away (although we never find out how) and go to their afterlife. Eleanor follows not too long after. Once in her afterlife she starts having flashes and dreams of things that do not make any sense. She continues to delve into them until the mystery is clear.


I loved the idea of her world when we move on from our earthly form. If only we knew that it would be that way, I think it would take the fear out of passing on for most people.


Her writing style. It flowed very nicely and was edited amazingly well for a self-published book.

What I didn’t LIKE so much-

We never learned how the accident that caused Eleanor to lose all her loved ones in one moment occurred.  Some were quite young, so I think if that had been cleared up, it would have appeased my curiosity.

Favorite Quotes-
“For now, she would be with the people she loved, and enjoy the day, until she had to dream again”

“He could stand like this forever, and never ask for anything better or more”

“She’d thought she believed it before, but now she felt the difference. This was the woman who had wanted her, wanted her to live; wanted it so badly that she had left the man she loved. left her own mother and father, left behind her memory and even her face in the mirror”

Overall Rating: 4 Stars.

I feel this book could be made into a Novella without sacrificing the story and make it a little more enjoyable read.

Would I purchase this book?

Probably not since it isn’t my normal genre

Did I enjoy it?


Would I recommend it to a friend?

Probably if they enjoy this genre


Karen A. Wyle was born a Connecticut Yankee, but moved every few years throughout her childhood and adolescence.  After college in California, law school in Massachusetts, and a mercifully short stint in a large San Francisco law firm, she moved to Los Angeles, where she met her now-husband, who hates L.A.  They eventually settled in Bloomington, Indiana, home of Indiana University.

Wyle’s childhood ambition was to be the youngest ever published novelist.  While writing her first novel at age ten, she was mortified to learn that some British upstart had beaten her to the goal at age nine.

Wyle has been a voracious and compulsive reader as long as she can remember.  Do not strand this woman on a plane without reading matter!  Wyle was an English and American Literature major at Stanford University, which suited her, although she has in recent years developed some doubts about whether studying literature is, for most people, a good preparation for enjoying it.  Her most useful preparation for writing novels, besides reading them, has been the practice of appellate law — in other words, writing large quantities of persuasive prose, on deadline, year after year. 

Wyle and her husband have two intensely creative daughters, the older of whom introduced Wyle to National Novel Writing Month (NaNoWriMo), for which she will be forever grateful.

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ENDS 2/22

Posted on February 19, 2013, in BOOK REVIEWS, GIVEAWAYS and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. 5 Comments.

  1. Hi Karen,Great book..How did you get your idea to write this book?

  2. Sounds like a great book:) Do you have a favorite author that you look up to? Liked her FB:)

  3. Thanks for sharing your wonderful imagination with us. Did you have any specific inspiration that made up the characters of your book? (FB Liked)

  4. How do you come up with what your stories? your work looks like some good reading.

  5. Tina — I wish I could remember! I’ve always had some interest in notions of the afterlife, without actually believing any of them.

    Jocelyn — one of my favorite authors is Mary Doria Russell, whose first two novels were the incomparable The Sparrow and Children of God (both SF), and who now writes historical fiction.

    Phycel: my brother had serious lifelong psychological problems, but was at heart a good and generous person. Eleanor probably started with him, although her story is quite different from his. Eleanor’s artistic gifts are borrowed from my oldest daughter, while I gave her my own history of writing (though so far not publishing) picture books. I come from a family of long and happy marriages, which may explain most of the marriages in the book.

    Walksalone60 — many of my stories, though not Wander Home, start with current events or concerns viewed through a science-fiction lens.

    Thanks, all!

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