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Seven Wings to Glory

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Johnnie Kitchen is finally living her dream, attending college and writing a column for the local paper. She adores her husband Dale and chocolate Labrador Brother Dog, and they reside in a comfortable home in the small town of Portion in North Texas. Their three children are thriving and nearly grown.
But Johnnie is rattled when her youngest boy Cade goes to fight in Afgh
Paperback, 394 pages
Published April 1st 2017 by Camel Press
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Joy Davis
Apr 06, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Seven Wings to Glory is an outstanding book. The reader is re-introduced to characters from Johnnie Come Lately, and also introduced to a few new characters, as well: Arty, Ladybird, Jordan, and Roosevelt among them. In this second book, we get a fuller picture of "Queen" Victoria, but just now as I type these words, I feel a little guilty. I wonder if Victoria will be hurt when she reads this.
And that is the expert skill of Kathleen M. Rodgers' writing: the characters are not simply fictional c
Valerie Ormond
Kathleen Rodgers delivers another outstanding novel in her latest “Seven Wings to Glory.” Rodgers’ stories include multiple layers of complexity keeping readers intrigued. She creates characters people care about, and particularly her main character, Johnnie Kitchen. Rodgers’ personal experience as part of a military family shines through in this book as she speaks through Johnnie’s voice the concerns many mothers of deployed service members share. I highly recommend this book as the writing is ...more
InD'tale Magazine

“Seven Wings to Glory” is the sequel to “Johnnie Come Lately” but it can be read as a stand-alone book.

Read full review in the 2017 April issue of InD'tale Magazine.
Kathryn Ramsperger
May 18, 2017 rated it it was amazing
The best novel I've read in ages about today's southern family. Brave, gifted author Kathleen M. Rodgers masterfully weaves the story of the Kitchen family, capturing a vivid snapshot of the American South. Seven Wings to Glory draws the reader in on every page with its characters full of heart and heartache, all the while tackling the issues facing our country today: racial prejudice, young men and women at war, and fractured family connections.

As intrepid columnist Johnnie Kitchen uncovers fa
Siobhan Fallon
Sep 01, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Kathleen Rodgers triumphs again in her deft and warm-hearted way. Seven Wings to Glory is a sweeping novel that examines the ups and downs of friendship, marriage, and family, but also don't shy away from thorny topics like war and racial prejudice. Tales of the Kitchen family are always a delight to read.
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Jun 01, 2017 rated it really liked it
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In Seven Wings to Glory, Kathleen M. Rodgers continues the story of Johnny and her family which began in the acclaimed novel Johnny Come Lately. Johnny, a columnist in the local paper in the small Texas town of Portion, is the mother of three. Her youngest son, Cade, has shipped off to Afghanistan. Communication with him is spotty with long silences while Cade is on patrol or without internet service. Johnny has a loving husband, Dale, and a teenage daughter, Callie Ann, still at home. Her eldes ...more
Jennifer Cross
May 23, 2017 rated it it was amazing
It was a joy to visit Portion and Johnie Kitchen again. The sequel to Johnie Come Lately is another compelling story told with feeling and heart. The depth of the characters and the range of Johnie's emotions draw the reader in to the tough subjects discussed in the novel from war, racism, poverty to forgiveness.
Lisa Stice
May 11, 2017 rated it it was amazing
In this sequel to Johnnie Come Lately, Johnnie is caught up in the emotions of sending her younger son off to war and finds herself untangling the ugly history of her town. This novel is a lesson in how the past cannot bind us as long as we take action to make true change.
Robert Goswitz
May 09, 2017 rated it it was amazing
Salute Your Mom

Have you ever dismissed your mother’s worried pronouncement about one of her darlings as ridiculous and unknowable, only to find out later that she was right?
Johnnie Kitchen, the heroin of Seven Wings to Glory has a mother’s way of knowing her son Cade, recently deployed with his Army unit to Afghanistan is in danger.
Johnnie visits the Old Soldiers Memorial in her hometown of Portion Texas. She thinks she hears the voices of suffering soldiers and her mother Victoria hears their f
Jeanie Loiacono
Jun 02, 2017 rated it it was amazing
An outstanding sequel to Johnnie Come Lately! For those of us who got wrapped up in Johnnie Kitchen’s life and worried about her family incessantly, Seven Wings to Glory picks up right where JCL left off, so we don’t miss a thing! Rodgers wrings every emotion from you, making you laugh one moment and tear-up the next. Well done.
Terri Barnes
Jan 17, 2018 rated it it was amazing
Kathleen M. Rodgers knows that deployments, homecomings and transitions are only a few of the threads giving texture to the lives of military families. In her latest book, “Seven Wings to Glory,” published in April, Rodgers draws on her experiences as an Air Force wife and Army mom to create a nuanced portrayal of military connectedness.

Rodgers’ continuing story of Johnnie and Dale Kitchens, their family and friends presents a spectrum of military ties, both in relationship and in experience. Th
Melissa Embry
Apr 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
For young Cade Kitchen, becoming a soldier fulfilled a long-held dream. For his parents, sending a son to war halfway around the world from their peaceful small town of Portion, Texas, was a long-dreaded nightmare. Cade’s mother Johnnie’s father died in Vietnam when she was barely old enough to remember him, but she has lived the decades since in the shadow of her mother’s grief. And with each news report from Afghanistan, with each time she passes the war memorial on the main square of her pict ...more
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Southern Fiction at its Best! 1 2 Mar 30, 2017 11:50AM  
Seven Wings to Glory wins Honorable Mention for War & Military in the 2017 Foreword Indies Book of the Year Awards.

“When we elevate others, we elevate ourselves. Let’s all go be elevators.”
KMR ~ author

Kathleen M. Rodgers, born and raised in Clovis, New Mexico, is a novelist whose stories and essays have appeared in Family Circle Magazine, Military Times, and in anthologies published by McGra