by Ken La Salle
My rating: 5 stars
Series: The Heaven Series - Book 1
Publication Date: October 29, 2017
Publisher: Ken La Salle
Genre: Contemporary Romance | Second Chances
Print Length: 284 pages
On a beautiful, spring afternoon, a broken man stands at his wife’s funeral and hears the words, “Heaven Enough.” Thus begins a poem about longing, about wishing for something more. "What would it be like if I had heaven enough?" it reads.
Matt Murphy reads these words for the first time at his wife's funeral. After a death shrouded with mystery, it is the first time he learns that she wrote poetry. He and Diva were married for nearly twenty years, yet he did not "know" her. A poet and lover of culinary delights, she is struck by a car and killed instantly—randomly—on the wrong side of town.
When her brother, the "monk," appears for the funeral, Matt is set on an unprecedented course. The two find Diva's computer filled with preparations to hike the Pacific Crest Trail. Over 2600 miles from Mexico to Canada...and she was leaving without her husband.
Matt takes it upon himself to hike the trail and sprinkle her ashes along the way. What happens in the first two hours is dumbfounding.
What happens next changes his life forever…
Heaven Enough by Ken La Salle (The Heaven Series, #1)
Matt was left with the devastation and pain of his wife’s death. He also was left with the stark realization that he didn’t really know her, that he didn’t really know himself or of the needs they tried and failed to fulfill in each other. He was angry, hurt and left with a million questions regarding not only her death, but her life, because she had one he didn’t even know about.
When her distant and rather mysterious brother shows up for her funeral, he not only shreds Matt’s heart and memories of his marriage, he plants a seed in Matt’s mind, giving him a chance to “do the right thing” in honoring Diva’s life. Matt would begin a quest, a journey far out of his element, a 2600 mile hike where he would spread Diva’s ashes. Was this what Diva had dreamed of? Had she dreamed of an adventure with someone else, someone who could never share a future with her?
Matt would begin a journey that would go so much deeper than placing one foot ahead of the other day after day. He would begin a journey of knowledge, both of his shortcomings and his strengths and Matt would learn to be honest. Matt would also learn the meaning of love and second chances, of letting go of the past, cherishing the good learning from the bad and forgiveness, of self and of others. He would also learn not to be afraid to love from his very core and accept the gifts life has presented to him.
The term “hidden gem” applies perfectly to Ken La Salle’s tale of life, HEAVEN ENOUGH. Mr. La Salle has created a memorable tale of loss and learning to live again, taking huge bites of life and demanding more. He has sprinkled his tale with humor, heart and over-the-top events that would try a saint’s patience, twists that we will not see coming, some that will break one’s heart, others that will allow our hearts to soar. One thing for certain, no one will walk away from this tale unchanged in some way. This is one of those stories that cannot be unread or forgotten.
Ken La Salle has written from his soul and it comes through in every word, every flawed character, every moment of drama and joy and every step that Matt takes towards his new found self.
I received a complimentary copy from Ken La Salle. My review is voluntary.