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Heaven Enough

Is 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…

Here's what some reviewers have said about Heaven Enough...

"Mr. La Salle's expressive filled writing shows us the frailties of man's inner demons. His option to having Matt believe the worse in his wife without facts exhibits his true understanding of human nature. With the addition of some colorful characters, (Babette comes to mind) we see Matt's transformation from an angry, controlling, and somewhat narcissistic man to a man learning to forgive himself as well as others. Even with the unforeseen ending, Heaven Enough is a strong narrative of redemption and hope one should not over- look."

"Heaven Enough takes you on a thought provoking journey. Do we love enough, why do we make the choices we make and is there more or did we just settle into our life? Both engaging and entertaining Heaven Enough was the perfect book to curl up with on a rainy day. Just remember to have tissues handy. "

"Would recommend to everyone."

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Diana said:

I love this book so far... I love the way ken la salle writes!!! I just read the part in the book where he talks about 'his turd of a heart' and I just busted out laughing!! Good book so far, love it!!

Reading Writings said:

I love this story not just for what it is, but for what it made me. I read it the day I was down in the dumps and that one reading changed my whole viewpoint. Hence, if I sound biased, I am truly sorry.

The protagonist goes through the same pain I underwent a few years ago, hence it was easy for me to empathise. Life is difficult and everything turns topsy-turvy, but when you start realising that there was more to the person who went away, your world comes crashing down. There are so many facets a person can happen but maybe one gets so bogged down by mundane activities that these are often skipped; worst part, you start introspecting only after the person has gone.

Ken has a way with words. They don't strike a chord with the heart, they touch your soul. A very powerful writing style. It is not imageries they bring to mind but memories of days gone by in one's life that start running parallel to that of the protagonist. This book brings out emotions. I cried as I kept reading, first with pangs of pain in my heart and thereafter with a sense of hope. Maybe Heaven is not enough to know a person in one lifetime.

The protagonist embarks on a journey of discovering his dead wife and on the way he re-discovers himself and alongside he takes me along too on my own journey of introspection. The way Ken has weaved other characters to cross their paths in his journey is beautiful. Each person has a role to play in shaping the life of the protagonist and influencing the reader alongside.

To sum up, I can only say "thank you". This poignant story has touched my life in ways I cannot explain because it is exactly what I am going through right now. It helps you cope up with loss of dear ones and gives a hope that this life journey and continuous search for unanswered questions or unnoticed happenings is a way to self-discovery.

P.S- Thank you Ken for teaching that the pain of separation and grief will be less if each person learns to notice more, appreciate more and live more.

Fundinmental said:

I sure did not see this one coming and I was shocked, stunned. Then…the ending. Oh man, it caught me so off guard I sat with my mouth hanging open. My emotions ran AMOK as I tried to write notes for this review. I am at a loss for words and cannot express how amazed I was at Ken’s writing and where he took the story. Excellent job, Ken, even though I am a bit pissed off at you!!! I NEVER saw that coming. A heartbreaking and uplifting novel that I cannot recommend strongly enough.

This is a book that will stick with me, reminding me of the time I was questioning what was most important to me. I found my answers. Have you?

Thank you, Ken, for asking me to read Heaven Enough! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it!

Big Al's Books & Pals said:

An engaging, thought provoking, and well written story. Matt begins as something of a stereotype (a boring accountant). So the decision to hike the PCT is completely out of character, and yet, because of the shock and grief and guilt he feels over his wife’s death, it seems to make sense.

Most of the story evolves on the trail. I recently watched the movie, Wild, which also features a journey along the PCT. Although the trail does change Matt, this tale is quite different from Wild. I never quite knew where Matt’s journey was going to lead him, and the ending was surprising, sad, and yet uplifting at the same time. The only criticism I have is that Matt’s stuffy accountant personality is overdone in places, but never enough to make me consider quitting, and nowhere near enough to stop me from recommending the book.

Ken La Salle’s writing is easy on the eye and the book is well edited. Although it doesn’t strictly fit in any one category, there are elements of Romance, Literary Fiction and Inspirational writing in this book. If you enjoy any or all, I think you’ll enjoy Heaven Enough.

Book Babble said:

This book is powerfully written and is very inspirational. It's a beautiful, clever story. Most of the story takes place on the Pacific Coast Trail, where we begin to see a transformation in Matt. There are surprises for the reader, and for Matt along the way. This is a tale of love, romance, sorrow, grief, regret, humor and more.

Polished & Bubbly said:

I received this book in exchange for an honest review. I was really surprised by this book. I was instantly hooked into finding out the why and how of Diva's death. But this story was more than that, it was almost like a coming of age tale for Matt. The author, Ken is a great storyteller and Heaven Enough is very well written. The ending was surprising, yet to me perfect for the story. I recommend this 4.5 star book to anyone who likes a story that's powerful and endearing. It'd be a great weekend at the beach read, xo!

Stephanie's Book Reviews said:

Have you ever read a book that sort of came out of nowhere for you and you are so glad it did? A book you never heard of and no one you know has read? A book you loved and can’t believe more people don’t know about? Heaven Enough is one of those books for me. I had never heard of it or the author, Ken LaSalle, and then I was asked to review it for Stephanie’s Book Reports and here I am recommending it to all of you because I really believe you will enjoy it. I know I did.

Matt’s wife, Diva, passes away and Matt realizes that perhaps he didn’t know her as well as he thought he did. He is left with so many questions surrounding her death and about who she really was. After finding information on her computer about the PCT (Pacific Crest Trail), Matt decides to hike the trail thinking this is what Diva would have wanted. What he actually learns about himself and his marriage and how he grows as a person while on the trail is remarkable.

Heaven Enough is moving, inspiring and powerful. It’s well written, poignant, and beautiful. As well, it’s very clever and witty. It will make you think. Ken did a great job with the storyline- there are quite a few surprises and twists I never expected; it’s very creative. There is love, there is romance, there is sorrow and grief, there are so many emotions. And there are some great characters in the book that will really touch you- from Heather, to Neal, to Babette- they all are excellent additions to the story.

Heaven Enough is unlike the books I typically read but I am so glad I read it! I highly recommend it. Take a chance and read it- you won’t be sorry!!

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