Unwrapping some quotes to ponder...
"To die, to sleep-
To sleep, perchance to dream-ay
there's the rub,
For in this sleep of death what
dreams may come..."
-William Shakespeare, Hamlet
"In sorrow we must go, but not in despair. Behold! We are not bound for ever to the circles of this world, and beyond them is more than a memory."
"That's what heaven is. You get to make sense of your yesterdays."
-Mitch Albom - The Five People You'll Meet in Heaven
authored by Donna Mebane
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. Her mom shares the raw anguish and confusion this event brought to the whole family as they tried to pick up the empty pieces of their lives and move on.
The storybook Emma wakes up to find out that everything she once knew is vitally changed. Her dog Duck appears at the door wanting to come in, her Aunt Pat, her Granddaddy, Grandmother, and other town folks she knew, all deceased, now are with her. How can that be? She tries to make sense of what has happened to her and with the help of those around her she comes to the realization she in a place she calls "After", a place where she is separated from her family and friends physically....forever.
But leave it to the precocious and sociable Emma to find a way to re-connect with her loved ones and to gain multiple friends in her new"After". She puts a plan into place where not only she can accept her new life but she can be an encouragement and catalyst to get her family members in her "Before" to heal more quickly, get over their grief and start living their lives with meaning and purpose once again without her.
This inspiring book brings encouragement and hope to those who have lost a love one. This is the first book in a new series in which an ordinary teenager must come to terms with her mortality and the affect it has on those around her that loved her so.
Donna Mebane grew up wanting to be two things: a mother and a writer. She became a mom after the birth of her first child, Jason. She became a writer after the death of her youngest child, Emma. While Donna has had numerous writing experiences over the years, she became a published author after she wrote Tomorrow Comes: An Emma Story, as a way of envisioning a future for her 19-year-old daughter who went to sleep one night and never woke up. She calls Tomorrow Comes a work of "reality fiction" because it captures the reality of grief that family and friends endured after Emma died at the same time that it creates an enchanting fictional world of AFTER where Emma can continue to be herself.
Born in Pennsylvania as the daughter of a US Navy Commander, Donna moved frequently in her childhood years and so developed an easy, approachable style and a warm sense of humor that helped her make new friends easily. She applies these same attributes to her writing, mixing gentle good humor with heart-breaking authenticity and simple, accessible language with profound truths about loss and hope. Donna lives with her husband, Rod, and daughter, Sarah, in Geneva, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago. Her son, Ben, also lives in Geneva and son, Jason, lives in Seattle. Emma is always close in spirit. Donna is currently working on a Tomorrow Comes sequel, with the working title, Tomorrow Matters.
Read on and read always!
It's a wrap.