Johnnie Come Lately Book Review



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Title: Johnnie Come Lately

Author: Kathleen M.Rodgers

Price/Formats: $4.95 ebook, $9.75 paperback
Genre: Military Family, Women’s Fiction, Literary Fiction
Pages: 292
Publisher: Camel Press
Release: February 1, 2015
ISBN: 9781603812153

Buy Links: Amazon/Barnes & Noble/BAM


Would life have been different for Johnnie if she’d been named after a woman rather than her dead uncle? Or if her mama hadn’t been quite so beautiful or flighty? The grandparents who raised her were loving, but they didn’t understand the turmoil roiling within her. And they had so many, many secrets.

Why did her mama leave? Would she ever return? How did her Uncle Johnny really die? Who was her father? Now Johnnie Kitchen is a 43-year-old woman with three beautiful children, two of them grown. She has a handsome, hardworking husband who adores her, and they live in the historic North Texas town of Portion in a charming bungalow. But she never finished college and her only creative outlet is a journal of letters addressed to both the living and the dead. Although she has conquered the bulimia that almost killed her, Johnnie can never let down her guard, lest the old demons return. Or perhaps they never went away to begin with. For Johnnie has secrets of her own, and her worst fear is that the life she’s always wanted–the one where she gets to pursue her own dreams–will never begin.

Not until her ghosts reveal themselves.

My Review:

I received this book in exchange for a fair and honest review. All opinions in this review are 100% my own.

This is a book that really pulls at your heartstrings. Johnnie is an adult that was raised by her grandparents. Her mom was in and out of her life as a small child. Once she married, her mom was gone for over 20 yrs.

Johnnie was named after her uncle Johnny that died before she was born. There have been family secrets about her uncle’s death and why her mom disappeared so much and for so long.

Johnnie is now married with 3 children. Johnnie has her own secrets and when they come out her family is torn apart.

I really felt bad for Johnnie. She has a lot of things to deal with from her past and they always work their way into your present and future if you don’t deal with them.

I really enjoyed this book and can’t wait to read the next one in the series.

Author Kathleen M. Rodgers with her resucue dog, Denton


Award-winning author Kathleen M. Rodgers is a former frequent contributor to Family Circle magazine and Military Times. Her work has also appeared in anthologies published by McGraw-Hill, University of Nebraska Press/Potomac Books, Health Communications, Inc., AMG Publishers, and Press 53. She is the author of the award-winning novel, The Final Salute, featured in USA Today, The Associated Press, and Military Times. Deer Hawk Publications reissued the novel in e-book and paperback September of 2014.

Her second novel, Johnnie Come Lately, released from Camel Press February 1, 2015. Barnes & Noble in Southlake, TX hosted the official launch on February 7, and Kathleen signed copies of both novels for three hours straight. In 2014, she was named a Distinguished Alumna from Tarrant County College/NE Campus.

She is the mother of two grown sons, Thomas, a graduate of University of North Texas and a working artist in Denton, TX, and J.P., a graduate of Texas Tech University and a former Army officer who earned a Bronze Star in 2014 in Afghanistan. Kathleen’s husband, Tom, is a retired fighter pilot/commercial airline pilot, and they reside in Colleyville, TX with their rescue dog, Denton. Kathleen is working on a new novel titled Seven Wings to Glory and is represented by Loiacono Literary Agency.

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  1. Tribute Books Blog Tours says:

    Gina, thanks for the review! 🙂

  2. Dear Gina,

    Fantastic review. So glad to have you on board the Tribute Book Tour.

    Will share away. 🙂


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