- Tomorrow Comes April 20, 2015
Laura – Family Valley Fun – My grandmother visits me as a cedar waxwing. Maybe it’s because she was a big bird lover and the cedar waxwing was always at her feeders. These birds are not that common around here, but every once in a while, one will stop by the holly bush at my front window. And, it seems to be when I need a reminder.
One day, I was frantically working, and was stressed about time, and deadlines. WHOOMP I heard a bird crash against my window. I looked up. It was a cedar waxwing. A reminder to slow down and take things easy.
A few days ago, I was in a rush driving somewhere. In the middle of the road in my neighbourhood was a flock of birds. They were splashing in a puddle, and weren’t making any signs to fly away as I came barrelling down the street. When I got closer, I realized it was a flock of cedar waxwings. Again, a reminder to slow down, take things easy – just when I needed it.
I call these encounters a message from my grandmother.
Probably many of us have these feelings and notions that someone who was close to us who has died is trying to communicate with us. This might be in a dream, through a vision, a bird, a butterfly – anything.
This is why many people will be able to relate to Tomorrow Comes by Donna Mebane. Continue reading →
- Beyond the Veil February 1, 2015
Bani Sodermark – 5 stars on Amazon – Interest in the fine line between this world and the next is at an alltime high. The finality of the nature of the veil is being compromised as never before, as more and more people are reporting their near-death experiences. Even die-hard sceptics are finding it hard to refute the mounting evidence of life after death. Also, many of those who have crossed the veil permanently, have, due to heightened abilities, stepped up their interaction with their loved ones on this side of the veil. There are many such accounts, for example, the Matthew books, “Heavenly Hugs” by Carla Wills Brandon, and “The Afterlife of Billy Fingers” to name a few. Continue reading →
- Hereafter and forever…. January 20, 2015
Storywraps “Marilyn” – 4 stars on Amazon – This is a novel about sorrow, grief and pain wrapped around the celebration of a vibrant, loving life that was taken away far too soon. Donna Mebane lost her daughter at the age of 19. She went to sleep one night and never woke up. Her daughter Emma, the fun-loving, popular pinnacle of their family was gone….forever. This novel is a tribute to her important contribution to the family and how through this book her legacy will live on. Continue reading →
- Hope for anyone who has ever known loss January 16, 2015
Robert J. Newell “Bob” – 5 stars on Amazon – This is supposedly a novel, and yet it is and it isn’t. It’s a story that combines both truth and fiction to create something amazing. Author Donna Mebane and her family suffered the unimaginable tragedy of losing her daughter, Emma, when Emma was just 19 years old. As a parent myself, I can’t conceive of the grief that the family suffered, and I don’t know how I would ever come to grips with it. Ms. Mebane’s answer was to write this story, and she did it beautifully. Continue reading →
- Tomorrow Comes is a coming of age story that speaks volumes to the spirit of love and the bond of family January 8, 2015
Denise Murray Wong – 5 stars on Amazon – With any author sharing a story that is based on a true story, I almost instantly feel a personal connection with the author. Having an invitation into the personal experiences of Emma, the daughter of author Donna Mebane and their family was a truly moving experience. This award-winning book was an emotional exercise, I experienced laughter, I empathized, I cried as I thought of my own teenaged daughter. Tomorrow Comes is a coming of age story that speaks volumes to the spirit of love and the bond of family.
- Book Review: Tomorrow Comes January 7, 2015
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. Continue reading →
- Solace from Wonderful Memories December 22, 2014
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.
- A must read!!!!! December 11, 2014
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.
- A Must Read October 23, 2014
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.
- Must read! August 7, 2014
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!
- Thought Provoking Story July 23, 2014
dana a tredway – 5 stars on Amazon – As a mom of daughters, it was almost difficult to read. Knowing this family is living with this pain is my worst fear. However, it was beautifully written and gave me the courage to ponder so many issues around children and families that I will try not to take for granted. I do feel like I met Emma, and I so believe she’s not really gone. I loved the ideas around Emma’s soul life.
- I stayed up all night reading this book … July 20, 2014
Amy Billone – 5 stars on Goodreads – I stayed up all night reading this book. Fairly early on, I began crying and I cried (often in a joyful way) from start to finish. Such a moving breathtaking stunning story. The book is so healing, it extends beyond a personal story to reach everyone’s story. It is connected to the times we live in today where technology has made possible afterlives and alternate lives that could not be conceived of in the same way before. I can easily imagine this book being optioned for a movie. It connects to everything people are interested in right now from Facebook to Vampire Diaries to Game of Thrones and The Hunger Games. An absolute must read.
- It captures both the joy and grief of Emma’s story beautifully July 3, 2014
G Mata – 5 stars on Amazon – A touching story that is well written. It captures both the joy and grief of Emma’s story beautifully.
- The hope of an afterlife brings solace to a mother. March 25, 2014
Andrea R – 5 stars on Amazon – Knowing most of Emma’s family during their growing up years has helped me enter into the heartbreak of loosing her in such an untimely fashion. Donna’s sorrow is clearly driving this wonderful chance for all of us to look again at our hopes with regard to an afterlife as well as to dive into this intimate portrait of a well-loved young woman. I can only hope that writing this affectionate, personal book has brought Emma’s mother some of the peace she needs. I would certainly recommend “Tomorrow Comes, An Emma Story” to all who are facing, have faced, or will face the loss of a very much loved one–which means us all.
- Beautiful tribute January 14, 2014
Mount Laurel Mom – 4 stars on Amazon – I enjoyed this book very much. Always hopeful and encouraged when reading about the possibility of an afterlife. Incredulous ability of the author to manage to compose this beautiful story on the flip side of a parents worst fear, losing a child.
- A different perspective… January 13, 2014
C Scott Parks – 5 stars on Amazon – For those of us who have lost someone dear to us, the question of what comes AFTER can weigh heavily on the heart and mind. Is it the heaven we were taught about in our religous teachings? Does our soul even exist after death – or could there be something that exists between these two beliefs? In this book, you’ll experience the kinds of questions we ask when a loved one dies, and the answers our heart yearns for. I guarentee you will be moved to questioning your own beliefs after reading “Tomorrow Comes”, and you will never look at everday ‘concidences’ the same again!
- Book Review January 9, 2014
GTank – 5 stars on Amazon – It was a very intriguing suspenseful book. I looked forward to picking up the book every night before bed. Great recommendation!!!
- I need more stars. January 7, 2014
Susan Granger – 5 stars on Amazon – I enjoyed this book for many reasons. I was delighted to hear about a new version of heaven and I wouldn’t mind spending eternity in AFTER. I felt the author was open and shared her personal feelings. This book was honest and soothing, not to mention very well written. Emma must have been an amazing young woman to have inspired her Mother to write such a wonderful tribute. The relationship Emma had with her siblings is truly touching. I would read anything Donna Mebane wrote and hope she is working on another book.
- Beautiful December 28, 2013
Lorraine G – 5 stars on Amazon – I loved this book for many reasons. It is a beautiful and continuously flowing story written in a smart and engaging style so all will find it an easy and enjoyable read. I also loved it because I felt like the author was allowing us “a glimpse” of her own private “Emma world”, letting us get to experience and appreciate the real Emma, those who loved her, and the impact she has on their lives. Finally, I loved it because in addition to the story and the beautiful glimpse of Emma and her family, it gives hope. Whether heaven is a place, a state of being, or a cornfield in Iowa, it exists, and those we love are never gone. I would recommend this book to everyone. I received the book from a friend and am now buying some copies to send to other friends.
- Beautiful story written by a mother for her daughter December 24, 2013
Rene’ Schlenker – 5 stars on Amazon – This book is wonderful for anyone who has lost someone. Donna Mebane really captured the essence of her daughter, Emma, beautifully. The book is unique because it describes the day Emma figures out she is no longer a part of our world. This story is sure to make you cry but is a must read for anyone who would like to imagine closure for themselves in a different way through Donna’s story. The story is a play by play of what happens the days after her daughter suddenly dies in her sleep.
- MOVE OVER HARRY POTTER! December 17, 2013
emoney – 5 stars on Amazon – If you are a fan of YA serials like Harry Potter, the Hunger Games and Sweet Valley High, then you simply must meet Emma, the heroine of Tomorrow Comes: An Emma Story. The best part of this debut novel is Emma’s voice: bubbly, funny, likable and infinitely relatable, Emma is destined to become one of your best literary girlfriends along with Hermione and Katniss. I was given this book by a good friend and kind of hesitated to read it. I dismissed it as a downer because I usually don’t choose stories with overtly sad themes. I am SO GLAD I gave it a chance. Yes, there are profoundly sad sections, but it is also hilarious and hopeful. The author’s voice is clear and genuine; you grieve along with the family and celebrate with Emma as she finds her way in the AFTER. I can’t wait for the next book in the series so I can have my next Emma fix. Great read for the YA and adult reader alike. A must have for any middle school classroom library.
- Heartwarming November 23, 2013
Vicki Z – 5 stars on Amazon – This is a lovely, beautifully written book that tells the story of unimaginable heartbreak and hope. As you read the book you grow to know and love Emma and her grieving family. But you also find yourself hoping that the afterlife experiences actually exist. I highly recommend this book.
- Gift of Comfort and Hope November 10, 2013
Amy Ritter – 5 stars on Amazon – Tomorrow Comes: An Emma Story inspires hope and helps to make sense of a family’s sudden and inexplicable loss. This beautiful story is told from a variety of perspectives – mother, father, siblings and friends – making it impactful for anyone who has lost someone. However, what really sets this book apart from all the rest is that the story is also told from the perspective of Emma, a kind and bubbly girl who left this world far too soon. This perspective is a gift of comfort and hope that there is so much more life to live “after”. Tomorrow Comes: An Emma Story is a must read for anyone who has lost someone they love.
- Moving story of family loss October 28, 2013
Jo Ann – Tomorrow Comes is a moving story about a young girl’s passing and the impact on each member of her family, her friends, and the community. Emma’s personality shines through the telling of her personal interactions and the impact she had on others. I felt as though I knew her and felt such a real sense of loss. Speaking from experience, you never get over a loss of a child, but it is comforting to think that in heaven life goes on and that we will be reunited with loved ones. A haunting story – it will stay with you.
- Truly inspiring October 7, 2013
Katelynn K – 5 stars on Amazon – As someone who has lost close family members, it is never something anyone can easily get over. This book not only inspires, but helps to move forward. Readers truly get to know Emma; a remarkable woman who left this world far too soon, and the family’s emotional journey through it all. It’s impossible not to shed a tear or two, but it is a beautifully written book and a testament to a mother’s love. This book is for anyone who needs help coping, to find motivation to go on or just looking for a great read.
- Wonderfully creative October 3, 2013
A Cooper – 5 stars on Amazon – A touching story of hope and healing following tragedy. The novel provides insights into the many different ways we all grieve as it presents the perspective of so many people affected by the loss of a beautiful young woman. Ms. Mebane beautifully weaves the different vantage points together all tied by the story from Emma’s eyes as she wakes up after her tragic death in a new world with new rules and, characteristically, excels and finds her own joy and happiness in the “after”. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this wonderfully touching novel, crying at times and laughing at others.
- Honest, Hopeful and Heart Wrenching! October 1, 2013
molly t – 5 stars on Amazon – I must admit, I have had this book sitting on my night stand for some time…..once I found the courage to open it and start reading, I was immediately drawn in and wanted to get to know sweet Emma and her family. I felt everything – anger, sadness, despair, hope, love and humor. The pure honesty in this book is so relatable. The sister relationship of Sarah and Emma melted my heart in ways it is hard to explain. I don’t know if I believe in heaven or not? I want to but I just don’t know? I like the idea that Emma and all our loved ones are ok – watching us from above without profound pain and sadness. I highly recommend this book to anyone who has loved and lost.
- This was no ordinary book … September 26, 2013
T’s Bookshelf – 5 stars on Goodreads – I rarely finish reading a book in just a couple days, but this was no ordinary book. I found myself lost in the story of Emma, a daughter that passes too soon in life, who forges a new, exciting life in ‘After’. The chapters are creatively written from different family member perspectives which allowed me to step inside each of the characters. I couldn’t wait to see what Emma would do next – send signs communicating with her family that she was alright or bending rules to make new friends in’After’. A great story to experience!!
- Beautiful September 24, 2013
J. Joyce – 5 stars on Amazon – I purchased this book at the recommendation of my friend. Since I trust this friend’s recommendations, I knew it must be something special. She proved to be on target – again. Beautifully written, easy read, comforting, hopeful, poignant – bottom line, I loved it.
- A beautiful story September 23, 2013
Chelsea – 5 stars – An absolutely wonderful, enchanting, and heartwarming story that I would recommend to anyone and everyone. I was so entrenched that I couldn’t put it down! The writing is beautiful and clever, and the story is truly touching. I loved it.
- A beautiful story of love, grief, and hope September 23, 2013
MAC – 5 stars on Amazon – I fell in love with Emma and her friends and family from the first page of this lovely novel. This book will both warm and break your heart. It’s a book full of the most honest kind of grief and the truest kind of love. It is written in an approachable style, with easy to understand language, but it tackles some of life’s most complex questions. It explores the afterlife in a fresh new way: as a world, not so different from this one, where we have to work to figure out our place, where we have to learn what the rules are- and sometimes when to break them. I found myself thinking about Emma, her loved ones, and her new world in AFTER long after I had finished reading. I highly recommend this book.
- “Heaven”? September 14, 2013
Whitney – 5 stars on Amazon – There is a line in the last chapter of this book that reads “Welcome back Emma, It’s good to have you home” I feel like this little phrase sums up everything this book represents. I am not a religious person, and like many, I know not what happens to someone when they leave their physical place on Earth. So many people have so many thoughts & theories on “Heaven” or the afterlife, but the truth is none of us really know what happens after death. Reading this book proved to me that “Heaven” or “The After” is whatever we need it to be to comfort ourselves after the loss of a loved one. Continue reading →
- Hope for AFTER September 10, 2013
Susan Hunter – 5 stars on Amazon – I have read “Tomorrow Comes” twice now and am so pleased to be able to write this review. It is a story that everyone who has ever experienced loss can relate to. If you have lost someone close to you, I believe this story will be comforting to you. You will find yourself hoping that they are happy and adjusting well to AFTER. I love that this book moves back and forth between the emotional experiences of the family coping with the loss of a beloved daughter and sister and the adventure that is unfolding for Emma. There are incredibly sad parts of the story but there is also humor throughout the book. If you know the story you think “how is there anything I can smile about?” and yet you do find yourself actually laughing at times. This story is well written and engaging and I cannot wait for book two to find out what happens next to Emma and her family.
- Beautiful, touching story! September 10, 2013
Diana – 5 stars on Amazon – This is a beautifully written story of a young lady who left this Earth too soon. It shows how we here on Earth “communicate” with our loves ones who have passed and the way we hope they are communicating with us. As well as learning the ropes of a new place to be. Grab a tissue- you’ll need one!
- Beautiful September 10, 2013
Dolores – 5 stars on Amazon – I read tomorrow comes last year. It was such a beautiful book. You could feel the family’s pain and closeness as they stuck together in dealing with losing such a great force in their lives. While the story was tragic – Donna let light and peace shine through. The book was so strong I felt a sense of loss after reading it. But I also feel Emma lives on exactly how Donna wrote it.
- heartwarming September 10, 2013
Debbie J. – 5 stars on Amazon – Everyone should read “Tomorrow Comes”! It is a beautifully written book. I laughed & cried as I read on. “Tomorrow Comes” is a heartwarming story and a wonderful tribute to an amazing girl and her family. Definitely a must read.
- Loved it! September 9, 2013
Anita – 5 stars on Amazon – The reality of how the Mebane’s lives all changed so fast, so suddenly and for no reason crystallises the value of life. It is such a sincerely written book that absolutely cannot fail to touch anyone that reads it. I felt like I had met and known each of the characters living and passed. How fabulous to think that the reader can know and love Emma even though she now resides in AFTER.
- Emma Shines On September 7, 2013
Rebecca Rip – 5 stars on Amazon – Were she able, I am certain that Emma Mebane would be the first person to recommend this book to any reader. And she would be right to do so. ‘Tomorrow Comes’ is an emotionally visceral masterpiece, in which Donna Mebane beautifully demonstrates through her writing that our loved ones do in fact live on, and even SHINE, after their earthly demise. What a wonderful, wonderful, book! It is a must read for anyone who has ever suffered the loss of a loved one or wondered about what happens to human beings (and animals!) after they die. Read this book TODAY!
- Sorrow turned to hope September 6, 2013
Jennifer DiChiara – 5 stars on Amazon – The book begins with a sad story that turns into a magical, hopeful place called “ after “, where a teenager still gets to be a teenager. This book will make you cry, smile, remember, think, hope and laugh all in one sitting.
- Comfort in a time of loss August 29, 2013
Amazon Customer – 5 stars on Amazon – The unexpected and sudden death of a young daughter, sister, niece, and friend is unimaginable in every sense of the word. Tomorrow Comes, written by 19 year old Emma’s mother, is an intimate and honest story of one family’s efforts to cope with a loss that feels, and perhaps is, insurmountable. Through the perspectives of various family members and friends, the reader begins to understand emotionally what he or she might only have previously understood intellectually; that people truly grieve in very different ways. Continue reading →
- Tomorrow Comes: An Emma Story August 27, 2013
Dolores Cleary – 5 stars on Amazon – Tomorrow Comes: An Emma Story will at first break your heart but by the book’s end make it soar with the possibility of what the afterlife has in store. I too have lost a child and so admire Ms. Mebane’s tremendous talent and how she used that talent to write such an inspirational book; a book that certainly must help her deal with her grief. It certainly helped me. t is amazing how one comes away from this book falling in love with a young lady that one will never ever have the pleasure of meeting on this side of heaven. Ms. Mebane, in recounting Emma’s life before dying is also brutally honest. I hope Ms. Mebane is working on another book. I am curious to know what Emma is up to. I miss her.
- So moving- a must read! August 20, 2013
Lizzy T – 5 stars on Amazon – What a moving book! Donna Mebane creates such an honest portrayal of Emma, the daughter she lost too young, and brilliantly depicts how it feels to personally suffer through such a horrific experience. You feel that you know Emma and all of her loved ones after reading this book and quickly recognize that the world truly lost someone special. You see the good, the bad, the sad, and even the funny moments of Emma’s life and afterlife. While the book is at times extremely sad (bring your kleenex while you read!), there are so many fond memories shared that you are sure to smile, if not laugh. This book is very comforting to anyone who has lost someone, let alone a child, because it gives hope that there is an afterlife and that you will always be connected with those you have lost. Quite brave of Mebane to write this story as you can truly feel the grief that she and her family experienced. Their unconditional love for Emma is so clear and I am thankful for this opportunity to get a glance into their lives. A must read!
- Touching Tribute August 19, 2013
dmt – 5 stars on Amazon – Donna Mebane has written a story about her daughter Emma from the perspective of the people that loved her. Donna has taken her unspeakable grief in the loss of Emma and opens our minds to the idea of a wonderful afterlife where Emma is safe and happy. Donna strikes at the very core of loss, but Emma will live on forever in the pages of this book.
- A wonderful story of hope August 19, 2013
Gene Boehm – 5 stars on Amazon – Tomorrow Comes is an engaging story about hope and coming together with those we love to create the future when it’s impossible to believe there is any future at all. It reminds you of how many perspectives there are in both life (and in death) and how these various dimensions make up who we are. It encouraged me to think about things that I usually don’t want to think about and imagine them in completely new ways. Expect to cry and then be strengthened by life’s possibilities.
- Love lives on… August 15, 2013
Leah – 5 stars on Amazon – Donna thank you for sharing Emma (and the family, past and present). Sharing your experience and this moving story helps Emma spread smiles “over here” just as she continues to bring people together “over there.”
- Inspirational! August 9, 2013
Karen L Engstrom – 5 stars on Amazon – Thank you, Donna Mebane, for such a wonderful novel. After reading your story I feel connected to your Emma and fell in love with her spirit. Your memories helped me connect with my memories of losing someone that felt like they were part of my heartbeat. I continue to look for signs around me to remind me our loved ones are still with us and my belief in angels are strong. God bless your Emma, God bless your strength, God bless your talent for bringing meaning to a beautiful life. Karen (Klich) Engstrom
- Couldn’t put it down! July 22, 2013
T. Spevak – 5 stars on Amazon – A fabulous book I couldn’t put down. I was captured with Emma’s tale and her adventures in After. An inspiring book anyone can get caught up in. I hope there’s a sequel!
- Keep Emma’s Star Shining- Read Tomorrow Comes! July 21, 2013
Debbie S-Y – 5 stars on Amazon – I just finished reading Tomorrow Comes for the second time. I originally read it when it came out a year ago and picked it up recently to reread it. It was even better the second time and again I had trouble putting it down. What an incredible book and more importantly a beautiful tribute to Emma. I feel like I know Emma and her family after reading the book. Donna Mebane did an amazing job writing this book. It was so easy to read and get to know all the characters. I loved it! Continue reading →
- love this very special book July 9, 2013
B Win – 5 stars on Amazon – I loved it. It was unlike other books I have read. It was as moving as it was uplifting–I laughed as much as I cried. And it left me thinking about those I’ve lost and the life they might be living after death in a unique way that really resonated with me. What makes this book so special is that it is both based in reality, where you quickly fall in love with Emma and fall to pieces when she passes, and alternative reality, filled with hope, where you truly connect with Emma at a deeper level as she starts building a life in the AFTER. A life you hope your loved ones who have passed are experiencing. The way the author interweaves the two throughout is both unique and a shows she is clearly a master storyteller. I can’t imagine how difficult it was for the author to write this touching, moving, fabulous book. I hope however that she continues to write, for as much as I loved this book, I left wanting to hear another Emma story.
- It is certainly more than a ‘story’… July 8, 2013
Elissa Dac – 5 stars on Amazon – I purchased this book several weeks before I picked it up to read, but once I did – I spent an entire day reading. I cannot imagine the strength it took to write this book, but Emma’s story is captured so well – it made me feel as though I knew Emma and could imagine being in her presence. My favorite chapter is titled ‘Sisters’ and for so many reasons I personally connected to the relationship between Sarah and Emma. In fact, as I was reading the book, my neice (who is 10 years old) asked about the book and wanted to know more about Emma and her story. She was so interested that when I put the book down to eat she picked it up and began reading! I hope to ask for her feedback as a young girl and reader and share her thoughts as well!
- A Unique Perspective and Touching Tribute July 6, 2013
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.
- A must read! May 30, 2013
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. Continue reading →
- A Must Read May 19, 2013
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!
- I fell in love. May 18, 2013
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!
- A wonderful story of hope for the after life May 16, 2013
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.