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Starting Over Book Three: Finding Her Voice -- EPUB

  • When her daughter dies, Jennifer loses the music in her world. Can she find a way to continue living? To sing again?
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Release Date:
July 11, 2013
ISBN:
9781612523378
Cover Artist:
Jenifer Ranieri

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Jennifer has the perfect life -- a loving husband, a beautiful daughter, a flexible job in the family business. When a heart-stopping accident takes it all from her, Jen struggles to survive her days alone. No one else understands, expecting her to “get over” her grief.

Ollie, her daughter's rescued dog, is the only one who shares her grief and lives her pain. When divorce ends in the sale of their home, she and Ollie set out on a road trip of healing and discovery.

Life will never be the same, but maybe along the way she can find the music, find her voice, find her own path to living after her loss. And if she is lucky, find love.

Excerpt

Time to get this show on the road. She typed out a text and sent it in a blast to her whole family.

I'm packed and headed out. Thanks for understanding. I'll update you from time to time.

Then she gave a little whistle and commanded Ollie to get up. He clambered into the seat where she belted him in.

"Well, boy, here we go. Off on an adventure."

They called every ride an adventure. He had no idea how long a trip he was in for. Or that he would never come back to the place they'd call home. But then, she wasn't certain how long it would be either.

Jen went around to the driver's side, climbed in, and dropped her phone into the sound system so she could take or make phone calls if she wanted.

She started the van and, out of habit, started the tunes saved to her phone.

The song that came up was one she and Trudy sang together, a fun, silly song. She couldn't bear it. She shut down the music. It was too hard. She couldn't sing. Not anymore. She took one last look at the house that had been home to her now-destroyed family, then threw the van into reverse and turned so she could steer out of the driveway and onto the road. She didn't look back. Her goal today was to drive as fast as the law allowed, and as far as her energy would support. She needed distance between her wrecked life and whatever was ahead.


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  1. From Tragedy to Faith 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 30th Jul 2013

    "Swing me higher, daddy. Higher," Trudy Van Pelt sucked a breath as her father Brian gave the swing another push. Her mother Jennifer looked on with a smile as her daughter flew through the air squealing excitedly. It was beautiful day for play.

    The squeals of laughter turned to cries of fear, and in one motion, fun turned to horror as Trudy flew from her seat and landed on the ground with a heart wrenching thud.

    Then there was silence.

    Jennifer never thought it possible, but by the time the day was over she had lost her daughter. Her vibrant daughter would laugh no more. No mother should ever have to bury their child. While her family gathered around her and comforted her, Jennifer searched for the arms of her husband for consolation, but Brian couldn't or wouldn't open up and let her into his pain. Not only did she bury her daughter, but soon her marriage as well, when Brian walked out.

    Jennifer lost her joy, lost the ability to think, and found she couldn't even sing anymore. Especially not when the songs haunting her mind are the ones she sang to her daughter. She grows weary of the platitudes well meaning people offer. And though her family allows her the space, she finds herself looking for solitude. Borrowing her parents motorhome, she takes off across country with the family dog, trying to work through her pain and find just a part of herself again.

    When she connects with a support group on the internet started by a man named Michael who's living with his own loss, she finds a group who truly understands her heart and her fears. She finds others who have lost children before their time, and even finds her voice again. She finds a man who may give her a chance at love again.

    Lynette did a good job drawing the reader into the pain and taking a look at what a parent might go through after such a loss.


  2. How Do You Heal a Broken Heart 4 Star Review

    Posted by on 22nd Jul 2013

    What does one do when everything begins to go wrong? Finding Her Voice is a heart wrenching story about a young couple with a sweet young daughter, who must learn what it means to live with tragedy from the first page. When they experience the death of their daughter, not only are two hearts broken, neither are able to find a way to heal and go on. Not able to cope together the couple ends up in divorce, they also lose their home, and Jennifer, the mother, struggling miserably with her own grief, her faith, and her loss of peace, has to venture off on her own to find some answers.

    As a historical romance writer, I don't normally read contemporary fiction, but I found this story to be a fast-paced page turner from the beginning to the end, sometimes difficult to read because of the sadness, but so well written I had to go on to find out what would happen next -- An easy to read, true-to-life book of friendship, faith, and hope.

    I recommend this book to readers who enjoy contemporary fiction with real life circumstances.

    Shirley Kiger Connolly,
    Award winning author of both historical romance and nonfiction books of reflection


  3. No Easy Answers 5 Star Review

    Posted by on 16th Jul 2013

    I don't usually read this genre of literature but I really enjoyed this book. As a pastor, I especially appreciated the fact that Lynette Endicott not only chose not to give easy, pat answers to difficult questions, she even confronted those easy answers, showing them to be more harmful than helpful.

    The happily ever after ending was expected but the journey there wasn't. The story is well written and engaging. The characters are true to life as are their situations. I found it to be a very hopeful book and well worth the time to read it.



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