Cottage Country Reflections (Jennifer A. Jilks) – This was an intriguing book. Tomorrow Comes gave me some difficulty at first. It is a young adult (YA) novel. The horror and the angst of losing a child kept haunting me as a parent and an adult reader. Since the author, Donna Mebane, based the novel on the sudden loss of her own daughter Emma, I kept being of two minds. Firstly, she is giving intimate insight into the psyche of her grieving family. I felt, at first, like a voyeur. I read about half, then picked it up a few days later. The point of view of the grief experienced by family members, friends, and the community, shapes each chapter. Her insight into the grief experienced by each felt, at first, as if I was watching the media as they search the crowds for ‘the crier’, the close-ups as they zoom in to capture tears. That made a difference, as I anticipated this review. I changed my perspective from that of a parent, to that of a teen, searching for comfort. Facing death can lead a young person into maturity or abject despair. [Read more…]
Dee Long “TheRightWriter” – 4 stars on Amazon – To lose a child through disease or accident is tragic enough. But author Donna Mebane must face the loss of her beloved daughter due to no apparent reason. But she has turned her grief into a remarkable story about how every member of the family is affected by her daughter Emma’s passing, and includes Emma’s reactions from the other side as part of her narrative. A very compelling look at mortality, a life cut unexpectedly short, and how the memories of those we love and cherish never die.
V. Rullo “bookie” – 5 stars on Amazon – I read this book in two sittings ~ it is beautifully written and really made me feel like I knew this family. A true and sad subject matter but told in a way that makes you feel that this family can come through a tragedy still believing in that higher power; believing that there was a reason for such a sudden loss and showing us how inspiring love, faith & strength truly is. This is a wonderful book to remind us of what is really important in life.
duch – 5 stars on Amazon – I fell in love with this family. A “must read” for everyone. I hope to see more from this author.
Melissa J. – 5 stars on Amazon – Beautiful touching book that is very very well written. I could not put this book down because it pulled me in from page one. I love Donna’s thoughts on the afterlife and having lost loved ones, I do hope that some of it is true. My heart goes out to the Mebane’s and everyone who was close to Emma. For a first time author, Donna knows just what to say and how to say it to keep us captivated. I hope this is one of many books she writes. I can’t wait to read the next book!