Desiree Stark Winkle – 5 stars on Amazon – Reading Tomorrow Comes was not a story for me but an experience. After finishing the book, I felt as though I had known Emma and her family, and I didn’t want to say good-bye to any of them. I guess never saying good-bye is the point, and the way in which the author keeps Emma alive – yet in another world – will stay with me forever. Through other voices, Ms. Mebane makes us understand the deep impact that a young person’s passing has on so many lives. The most heart-wrenching parts of Tomorrow Comes are beautifully and eloquently written. Humor is also used effectively. I was as transfixed by the family tattoo session as I was with Emma’s Father’s tragic discovery. The chapters flow smoothly from one to the next with a perfect balance of sadness and laughter. Ms. Mebane has a tremendous command of language, which makes her book a pleasure to read. After reading Tomorrow Comes, I still have no idea what lies ahead, but I have no doubt that there is a tomorrow.
S. Vora “book baby” – 5 stars on Amazon – Remarkably, a story of profound loss manages to give the reader something extraordinary. The writer, Donna Mebane, a self-described mom to her core, along with her family faces the unimaginable. One bright morning, Emma, their beloved 19 year old daughter, just didn’t wake up. What could tomorrow possibly bring to this family? We see them, as the words effortlessly flow across the pages, dealing with the discovery, the hazy first days and weeks and the dawning realization that Emma just isn’t coming back. [Read more…]
jlm – 5 stars on Amazon – I’m not sure a book exists that could make me feel good about death. However, Tomorrow comes: An Emma story, gave me a whole new way of viewing “After” life. This is a book about grief and hope. About a family struggling to be a family again after a bright light is suddenly taken from their daily lives. This is a true story about the death of a 19 year-old girl who went to sleep and never woke up. The fact that her mother was able to write this is amazing. Donna Mebane did a fabulous job bringing this story to life. She shows the real Emma. The girl who did a lot of living in her short 19 years of life. She is very candid in describing her pain and how she attempts to process her pain after Emma is gone. Have the Kleenex ready! You will cry at the sadness of it all, but you will also laugh out loud at the Emma stories. A must read for all!
S. R. – 5 stars on Amazon – I fell in love with Emma and After while reading Tomorrow Comes. It is a beautifully written story of a young woman whose life ends too soon and the world she enters upon leaving this one. The voice of the story shifts between Emma and the ones she left behind in her death. Though the book delves into grief over the loss of a child, sister, friend it brings out a beautiful world where those left behind can find some comfort in knowing Emma can still live on. After is the place we go after leaving this world and are allowed to experience what we already have and know the people who we knew in the living world. This just doesn’t seem that great to Emma so she uses some pretty thrifty logic to get around these rules and expand her After. I can’t wait to see what adventures are to come!
Susanne M Dahl – 5 stars on Amazon – Donna Mebane is a wonderful storyteller and writer! I read this book cover to cover without putting it down. I know Donna and the story of Emma’s life. Donna brings Emma to life in the AFTER giving readers who have lost a loved one hope and comfort. Whether you’ve lost a child, partner, parent or known someone who has, this is a comforting must read.