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. These chapters, with exquisite detail, captures the moments of loss to such a degree that whether or not the reader has ever dealt with such loss, we are right there with them in the living room, the kitchen, the hospital and the funeral homes. Each chapter is told from one family member’s point of view and you grow to love each one of them and will find yourself hoping with all of your heart, that they find a way through. Interspersing these chapters is Emma herself, waking up in “after”, trying to figure out what’s going on. Her vibrancy, not at all diminished, shines through the page and I dare anyone not to fall in love with her charm, humor and spirit. In a book about a family’s worst nightmare, I found myself laughing out loud at times as Emma embarks on new adventures. I am not sure how the writer managed to write such a ravishing tale about the nightmare of losing a child, but I am grateful she did. I never had a chance to know Emma, but I am inspired to live my life a little more boldly for having read about the bright, funny Emma.