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Can you spend your whole life with a guard up? The Wanderer is another great read from the Indie Shawn Maravel! I waited eagerly to have the semester to end so that I could give my full attention to the book. The book was well worth the wait. Landon is a lost, guarded soul who has had been through a lot in his 35 years of living. He is released from the military after serving not one, but a few leaves in the middle east. Landon doesn't do well with sitting still on one spot in life as he now embarks on a new adventure, taking his new motorcycle across country. On the road Landon tries to push aside the life he knew in the Army yet no real aim in his travels. He meets an arraying kinds of people along his way especially Max. Max is an owner of a Motorcycle shop who gives Landon a run for his money, challenging him just as he always had done to those around him. The two bond together with the similar personality trait of not letting people in that gives Landon a new view, does he stay with her or does he hit the road. The Wanderer is yet another great work from Shawn Maravel that will have the readers sympathizing with the characters as the book goes on. ( )
  ottilieweber | Apr 24, 2014 |
Military Love. Heartfelt Sigh. This book was given to me for a review from the author herself, Shawn Kristen Maravel. After reading it, twice, I must say that I am epically glad that I said yes! :)

I had a special connection to this book from the beginning. I was raised as an Army Brat and I am currently married to a Combat Medic in the U.S. Army. I tend to be drawn to books about the Military life, and even though this entire book takes place after Landon has gotten out of the Army, the things mentioned and the challenges he not only went through, but goes through afterwards, are very much real.

Landon is a lost soul, a wanderer, with no roots to anyone or any place. Upon leaving the Army after 15 years of dedicated service, he hops on his bike to head… where? On the outside he has no idea, but in his heart – he knows exactly where he is headed. What he didn’t bank on was Max and her little backwoods town on Wyoming. After blowing a tire on his motorcycle, he ends up needing a repair shop, which is how he ends up at Max’s shop. Much to his surprise, Max is a female.. and quite freaking GORGEOUS. Letting him stay with her for the duration it would take to fix his bike, the two set of on a journey of strangers getting to know one another. Neither one of them expected to end up giving their heart to the other one, but then again who does?! With Landon always leaving before feelings that big can arise, will he be able to stick around?

What I loved most about this novel was the story behind the main story. The story that tells us about the brotherhood these men find in the Military, about the loss that they so commonly find themselves facing, the toll everything takes on them and the changes that it can cause, but most of all, I love it for the story it told of a best friend, a brother in arms fulfilling the request of one of his soldiers. It truly is a heartwarming story.
I was beyond touch at both stories that Maravel portrayed here. As a fellow Military wife, I believe Shawn did one amazing job! ( )
  TabathaV | Aug 3, 2012 |
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