Follow one man's odyssey from humble beginnings in the 13th century Scottish highlands to the hidden life of a 20th century tycoon in America. A loner most of his long years, he hid the damning gift that has taken away all he has ever held dear until he meets a woman who will test his resolve..
Imagine this: You’re sixty years old, divorced, broke. What’s more, you’ve squandered away being the husband and father you should’ve been to your wife and children in your quest for status among your architect peers. Don’t worry though, that’s all about to change. Unfortunate encounters with large trucks on the highway have a way of altering your plans, like jettisoning you back into the past to wake up next to a woman you dated in college. You’re also about to realize she hasn’t aged a day, or for that matter, neither have you.
Thirty years stripped away just like that, and as a bonus you have a six-year-old son you have no recollection of. You also have a new home, a brand new career, new friends and family, and skills you never had in your old life. There’s nothing like straddling two distinct lives, trying to figure out how you know some things and yet not others. If only you could remember your past in this new world. What do people know about you that you don’t know about yourself? What kind of person are you? What secrets have you kept from those you love in this life? Is this your chance to redeem yourself or are you fated to repeat the life you left behind and end up alone again? Better figure it out, and quick.
"Have you ever wondered what you would do if you were given a “do over”? Well, Alan, the narrator of this book certainly does. This well written book tells this first person story from the perspective of a 60 something man all of a sudden transported to 20 something and given the opportunity to do it all over again. He isn’t dropped into his earlier life exactly, but something close, where he has to really think on his feet where he meets people he is expected to know but doesn’t.
This book will keep you coming back to find out how this whole thing is going to end (or will it?). It is a well written, entertaining, engrossing read. There are lots of characters, so be sure to note the names and relationships. Dates are clearly given, but pay attention as the book moves quickly over time. - Amazon customer
Firstly, I enjoyed Mr. Bagliere's writing style. He's extremely good at creating characters and a sense of their surroundings. Vivid world-building without a doubt! There were also some beautiful turns of phrase, where the way something is described really gives a sense of the emotion.
I loved the beginning of the novel. The whole premise was fascinating and gripping, it really had me wondering what was coming next. The moral dilemmas raised were perfectly dealt with and very interesting to think about.
Then the middle section of the book fell a bit flat for me. I don't want to give any spoilers because I don't want to ruin the read for others, but I feel it may be to do with my preference for fast-paced fantasy and murder mystery. This is a slower-paced, character-driven, more literary book, which I believe readers who enjoy this genre will take pleasure in.
The story picked up for me again towards the end when he was back in the real world. I did have unanswered questions when I was finished but perhaps the author intended it to be that way. All in all, a good read by a talented writer. - Amazon customer
When my friend suggested I might like this book I thought to myself, I bet he’s right. I am a happy-ending kind of gal and I could tell by the title it would be a happy-ending story. After all it isn’t “A Second Chance to Screw It Up”, right?
But I never anticipated the journey this story took me on. I started reading with a pre-conceived idea of how it would play out: this guy is going to miraculously time-travel back to when he screwed up his marriage and, knowing what he now knows, makes amends with his wife and lives happily ever after. However, by page ten the story took a seriously sharp turn and I was completely enthralled.
While the story took me down this unforeseen path, I realized I was also completely engaged in the main character’s plight. The author relayed the man’s confusion in such a way that I truly felt sorry for him and held my breath when he came across any situation where he was unsure of what his response to his family and friends should be. He certainly didn’t want anyone to think he had lost his marbles.
Amid his confusion Alan finds that love and family are truly precious gifts – gifted on him not once but twice in his life.
And I love, love, love the ending. -Amazon customer
I thoroughly enjoyed reading this novel! Within the first few chapters, I was hooked into Alan’s world and turning pages wanting to see what would next unfold for the main character, who found himself thrown into a life he did not recognize while living in a time where there are suddenly no longer cell phones or the Internet – and realizing he is decades younger, too! The author has an intellectual writing style that is simultaneously easy to read. He writes believable, relatable, and interesting characters who carry the plot along to an ending that is not quite predictable, yet not unbelievable, either – all while entertaining the reader at a steady pace. I ended my reading of the book feeling entertained yet provoked in thought about situations Alan faced, and overall satisfied that I’d been drawn into a well-spun story with a proper ending I didn’t quite see coming. Great read! - M.J. Woods
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Binod and Sila Thapa lose their home and everything they own when a powerful earthquake strikes the Kathmandu Valley. But even worse, they lose their children, Arjun and Sunita, who were visiting their grandparents in the foothills of the Himalayas, to human traffickers preying on the vulnerable victims of the earthquake.
Terrified, Binod and Sila run to the authorities, and along with family and their friends, Lincoln Webber, Mick Hanson, and Palisha Kc, delve into the seedy world of dubious orphanages and unscrupulous bondsmen in a desperate race to find their children before they’re whisked away beyond their reach.
With time running out, and the authorities overwhelmed with the loss of life and the injured from the quake, Lincoln and Mick devise a desperate and risky plan, going undercover to get the children back before they’re smuggled over the Indian border. But the forces of nature aren’t done with Nepal just yet…
The author does a great job describing the sights and sounds of Kathmandu, especially the crowds and traffic in Thamel, from his own personal experience. This story captures the anguish of Binod and Sila when their children are taken by human traffickers, and describes the difficulty in trying to find the children in a horrifying world of crime they know nothing about, all in the aftermath of a devastating earthquake. It’s intriguing to see how the cultural norms affect the relationship between Binod’s friend Mick and Palisha, born on different sides of the world. I highly recommend this story of adventure and romance. - Amazon customer
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Taken in by the Himalayan Sherpa as a child, Mountaineer Frank Kincaid grew up following the ways of the mountain people. When American, Sarah Madden, came in 2011, it was for her son’s expedition. Now Sarah is back and part of his world. The lama in Khum Jung calls it destiny. But the lama doesn’t know his part to play in the death of Sarah’s husband twenty-five years ago or his role in a recent accident on the Everest Icefall. With Sarah’s getting closer and closer to his heart, he finds himself at the crossroads that will force him to come to terms with a seminal decision in his past.
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The Himalayan is a wonderful book. You’ll relate to the characters through the descriptions of what they’re feeling. You’ll find yourself wrapped up in the trials and tribulations of the relationship between Frank and Sarah. And you’ll feel Frank’s anguish over the impact of the avalanche on the Sherpa and villagers. - D. Panebianco
The Himalayan is a novel of adventure and romance set high in the Himalayas of Nepal. It is the third of Mr. Bagliere’s novels set in Nepal, and his familiarity with the region shows in every line. Some of the characters in this work appeared in his earlier books (The Lion of Khum Jung, On My Way to You), but you won’t need that context to enjoy this story because there is no continuity of plot. Rather, this novel thrusts its characters into the turmoil generated by the natural disasters (earthquake, flood, landslide, and blizzard) that assaulted Nepal in 2014. - Amazon Reader
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John Patterson has always been a loner.
At age 20, he left behind his home in Oak Creek, Colorado for the adventure and isolation of the Himalayas. After years spent building his reputation in the climbing circuit, his heroic rescue of an inexperienced climber on Everest resulted in the loss of his leg. John’s struggles mount as he adapts to life as an amputee and, despite his sacrifice, is betrayed by the company he’s given half of his life to.
With few friends and being disconnected from his family back in the States, John’s still a loner, now sidelined to the Annapurna Circuit until he can prove himself and reclaim his place on Everest. But when a family crisis calls him home to Colorado, a discovery threatens to unravel everything he’s believed about a father he never knew.
John returns to Nepal teetering on the edge, a solitary man against the world fearful of losing the one thing that means the most to him: his life-long career.
Michelle Bonheur still blames herself for the car accident that killed her husband Adam two years ago.
Since Adam’s death, Michelle’s life in Ontario, Canada has been career-focused...
Her dedication to a construction firm in Cornwall has put her next in line for partner, while her day-to-day life is punctuated by the few bright moments she spends with her best friend – her husband’s sister, Cam Legault.
When Cam convinces her that the two of them should fulfill Adam’s dream of hiking the Himalayas, Michelle is apprehensive. Conflicted about her life’s direction and feeling family pressure to uproot herself to Ottawa and care for her aging father, Michelle decides to set her reservations and reality aside to take the trip of a lifetime.
As John and Michelle’s paths converge in Nepal, they navigate the winding mountain trails together and discover they’re not alone in their grief, the guilt they carry, or their attraction to each other.
On the morning of October 13, 2014, no one sees the life-threatening chain of weather events coming that will wreak havoc on the Annapurna circuit until it’s too late. Facing catastrophic conditions, the two wounded souls find themselves in peril as Michelle makes a decision…
…one that will change both of their lives.
Reviews for: On My Way to You
"In the first part of this book this author knits together his characters so carefully and thoroughly that you start to see them as actual people. You hear their thoughts and start to feel their emotions as Mr. Bagliere then takes you on a journey that will keep you on the edge of your seat for the remainder of the book. I did take a couple of short breaks in my reading at the first part of the book, but reached the point where I couldn’t put it down until I finished it. I highly recommend this book and I hope that you will enjoy reading it as much as I did!" - Amazon customer
"Hard to put down. Engaging, realistic characters. Vivid description makes it easy to imagine the setting and the action. Well worth the time." - Amazon customer
"An adventure story that doesn't stop with great characterization but takes the reader into the geography and customs of the Himalayas and its people. This is created not only because of great research but because the Author has visited the Himalayas more than once and the base camp of Everest. His personal experience adds to the interest and intrigue of this story and reveals his love and respect for this country and the people that inhabit it. His main character, John Patterson is a man's man who finds himself struggling for his place on the mountain. His rough edge is the opposite to the personality he finds in the character of Michelle Bonheur. Although opposites, they discover common ground in their mutual grief and their shared love of the outdoors and hiking. This is not the first book I have read from this Author and I am a fan. His book, The Lion of Khum Jung, also took place in Nepal. I'm excited to see that On My Way to you is Book 1 of a series, Hearts of Nepal. I recommend this read and I look forward to the next book." - J.V.Robbins
"If you enjoyed The Lion of Khum Jung, you’ll enjoy On My Way To You. Ron Bagliere has delivered another story set in the same world as Khum Jung, and explores the life of John Patterson, who appeared in that book. John paid a heavy price doing the right thing in the events of that book, and On My Way To You explores his life in the time following that, and the events and family history that shaped his character before his life in Nepal.
As in The Lion of Khum Jung, Bagliere skillfully combines adventure and romance, and the settings and life history that made John the complex and fully realized character he is. Bagliere does what authors do, and provides John with new and unexpected challenges which force him to examine who and what he thought he was, and what he might yet be." -
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Sarah Madden lost her husband twenty-five years ago to Mt. Everest, and vowed she'd never speak its name again, let alone go there. The mountain that claimed her husband is now in her son's blood and it will not let go. This time, she will not remain at home while her son climbs the killer peak. If the mountain is going to claim him, it will have to do it staring her in the face.
Frank Kincaid's reputation as the finest Everest expedition guide for the last twenty years has been the means for supporting his treasured charity work in Khum Jung. Adhering to uncompromising methods, he has never lost a client on the mountain. But this group of expedition clients has a reminder of the past. Suddenly he is confronted with the memory of the disaster that took his friend, Sherpa Pasang when it claimed the life of Sarah's husband. As history threatens to repeat itself, Frank is put to the supreme test. Will he obey his cardinal rule of protecting his Sherpa guide at all costs even if it means sacrificing Sarah's son to the mountain, or will he trust his heart and roll the dice? Can Sarah accept the excruciating decision facing him? And what will it mean for the Sherpa and her son fighting for their lives on the mountain? Will the mountain demand Sarah's son, or will it forgive his mistakes?
Reviews for THE LION OF KHUM JUNG:
"Most of what I've read on Everest has been non-fiction, so it's refreshing to read a novel set there, an ideal location for the type of human drama depicted in The Lion of Khum Jung. The author does a good job of showing the individuality of grief, how different people grieving the same loss, or whose grief stems from the same event, handle it in vastly different ways. The very real dangers of Mount Everest set the stage for the final confrontations of the character's personal inner demons.
I would have liked to have gotten more into Greg's head. His story is told mainly through his interactions with his mother and Frank. But then, the story revolves around Sarah and Frank, after all.
One thing that impressed me was the reality of how long an ordeal it is just to get to base camp. In a non-fiction account, this is sometimes relegated to a couple of chapters. But in a novel such as this, it becomes a valuable plot device to give the reader some backstory, allow us to get to know the characters, and more importantly, allow them to get to know one another, and for the otherwise unlikely relationship to develop.
The Lion of Khum Jung is not your all-out action thriller, but the adventure plays out on a much deeper, human level." - Amazon reader
"Gets the reader instantly immersed in the challenges and dangers of climbing Everest, and the risks Sherpas take on a daily basis in shepherding their clients to the summit. Bagliere's own love of adventure and mountaineering gives this story an authentic, you-are-there feeling, and I was swiftly hooked into the decades-old fascination with Everest once again. Bagliere's plot is engaging, and his mountaineering scenes awesome. THE LION OF KHUM JUNG is most highly recommended." - Reader's Favorite
"...a well researched and thoughtful story of adventure and love set in the venue of the Himalayas" - K. Barton
"This is a story that won’t disappoint." - J. Bourgo
"A must read that I found hard to put down." - M. Vallerino
"An adventure story, a romance - this book has it all." - D. St. Como
"The author writes with sensitive insight and gives the story a universal meaning for us all." - J. Stuelzle
"...a spellbinding read." - B. Bell
"I'm glad I read it, and it will be a book that I'll recommend to others." - M. Rossi
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The Audible recording of The Lion of Khum Jung is now available on Amazon through Audible once again after a long protracted fight with my previous publisher.
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While back east attending her brother's wedding, freelance Photographer, Janet Montgomery finds herself once again fruitlessly vying for her father's love. After an awkward good-bye, she drives into the wintry night back to her hotel. But a tractor-trailer coming onto the highway is about to change all that.
Spotting her car in the snowy median is Architect, Neil Porter, a middle-aged widower. When Neil moves to Oregon to be near h is daughter, Megan, who works with Janet, a chain of events draw them together. Janet wonders if the twenty-three years between them is too much. Can she avoid making the same mistakes her parents made? But the one thing she never considers is the ravages of dementia or the decisions she will have to make.
Reviews for LOVING NEIL:
"A beautifully, poignant tale that makes this a must read" - J. Bourgo
"...a powerful story and one that is written with great tenderness and sensitivity" - B. Bell
"A winner of a debut that will tug at your heartstrings until the very last page." - Kari Lee Townsend, National Bestselling Author of The Fortune Teller Mysteries
"...prepare for an emotional ride through a deeply moving romance." - Danica St. Como, Author of The Men of Sanctuary series and Blade Dance
"If you're looking for a good dramatic read, I'd recommend this book." - Laurie B. (Amazon Verified Purchase)
"...a poignant and bittersweet story of a family's loss" - Angela Purcell-Bolha (Amazon Verified Purchase)
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Anthropologist, Claire El-Badawy has spent the last ten years of her life fruitlessly applying for grants for an expedition into the dark jungles of the Amazon. Her objective is to prove her theory of the Trans-Atlantic connection between Africa and South America that existed five thousand years ago. Then suddenly things change dramatically overnight with the discovery of a Lost Bushman found deep in the forest. Re-energized and armed with this startling find, she wins over the foundation's funding arm and the support of the university's department.
Owen Macleod's life has been one long trek after another guiding tourist and giving aid to the indigenous people of the forest against the mining companies since his son died needlessly of malaria ten years ago. With his wife having left him and parents deceased, his only family now is the vibrant people along the river along with his tramping partner, Manny. When Owen hears of an opportunity up north in America to break free of the tourist trade, he jumps at it.
In a chain of events, the headstrong anthropologist and the wanderlust tramping guide are thrown together in pursuit of their own dreams, but neither of them are quite prepared for what they will find hidden beyond the veiled depths of the forest or do they see the danger coming at them from a rampaging lieutenant of a ruthless cartel that is expanding its empire into the vibrant and awesome world of the Amazon.
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"You must read it! Don't let this author get past you." - Reviewer for Beyond the Veil
"I loved this book! The characters just came to life and the description of the rain forest was so real you could smell the humid undergrowth along with flowers and ferns. There was much adventure and action with subtle romance along the way." - Reviewer for Beyond the Veil
"I finished reading this awesome tale by Ronald Bagliere. It was the first story I have read by this author and I am looking forward to reading more of his writing. I highly recommend this book of adventure in South America." - Tom Peden - Reviewer for Beyond the Veil
"The plot was excellent and the growth of each main character was well defined. Realistic and astounding." - Reviewer for Beyond the Veil
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Janet Porter's life in the wooded Heights within the Willamette Valley in Oregon has finally begun to settle down. She has made her peace with moving on without her beloved husband Neil, but everything is about to change. Her son Nate calls from Iraq with unsettling news. He doesn't say what happened, only that he's coming back on a medical discharge.
He arrives home with a battered leg, and is cast as a hero in a firefight from an enemy ambush. But he doesn't want the accolades or the Distinguished Service Medal he's being touted for. He wants to be left alone. As he becomes more and more distant from his mother and falling into risky behavior, she fears for his well-being. Desperate, she confides to a volunteers at the V.A. clinic.
But the Vietnam veteran has his own battles to overcome, namely a civil trial that threatens to wipe him out financially. Even so, he is drawn to Janet's son and he soon finds himself entangled in their lives. As his feelings for them deepen, he finds himself in an ethical dilemma. As he struggles to do the right thing while fighting for his financial survival, life intervenes and throws them all into a new world – a world of starting over.
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The author does a wonderful job of bringing us along with Janet as she finds her way back to love after losing her husband. And he captures the feeling of the love a mother has for her son as Janet struggles to find a way to get Nate to open up to her, so she can help him deal with his pain. As Andy helps Nate cope with what happened in Iraq, he feels conflicted between his desire to help Nate, and how it will be interpreted as he becomes closer to Janet. Nate's inner struggle ends up bringing them together as they deal with the effects of his actions. I have enjoyed each of his books. - Debbie Panebianco
I found the characters to be very relatable. I felt empathy for them as they struggled with issues that many of us face over the course of our lives. I also like that not every issue was perfectly resolved. There is a good balance between realism and optimism. - Karen Chilson
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