Johnnie Come Lately By Kathleen M. Rodgers Review

Johnnie Come Lately by Kathleen Rodgers cover.I really liked Johnnie Come Lately by Kathleen M. Rodgers.  The story pulled me in and wouldn’t let me go till I finished it, and I didn’t want it to end.

I really liked the main character Johnnie. She isn’t perfect, in fact she has a lot of problems. She survived bulimia, and grew up with the mystery of why her mother was always gone, and what happened to her uncle.

At least one of her problems she created herself.

One of the reasons I liked her so much is because she seems so much like me, and folks I know.

She would be a nice neighbor.

Really good read.

About the book:

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.

About the Author:

Kathleen M. Rodgers Promo Picture.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.

Visit Kathleen M. Rodgers on her website and blog, as well as her social media sites : Facebook, Twitter, and Goodreads.

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    1. You’re welcome.

      Thank you for the opportunity to read such good books. I might not have heard of it otherwise.

  1. Dear Elle,

    I absolutely adore your review of my novel. Thank you so much. So glad Johnnie’s character resonates with you. What an honor to have you say, “She would be a nice neighbor.” :)

    Thank you again,


    1. You’re welcome.

      Thanks for writing such a good novel. :)

      If you write another one about Johnnie I want to read that too.

      1. Hi Elle,

        I am most definitely writing another book about Johnnie. Thank you so much for having faith in my character. I’m working on the sequel which is title Seven Wings to Glory. My agent and publisher would like to see something by Sept or Oct. I’ll be crawling back to the writing cave to do my best. :)

  2. This book catches my interest because of all of the problems that Johnnie has to deal with. I would love to know if she is able to solve some of them if not all.

    1. Hi Juana,

      Thank you so much for reading the review and taking a moment to comment. I hope you will consider reading Johnnie Come Lately to find out how the story turns out. I am working on the sequel.
      Take care.

  3. This book catches my interest because Johnnie has so many questions. It sounds like an great read.

  4. I enjoy reads like this. Someone that seems like the person next door that you can relate to.

  5. This book catches my attention because Johnnie sounds like a relatable character. We all have our own demons that we’re facing and through reading Johnnie’s story, perhaps we can come to terms with our own.

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