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Beneath the Rainbow

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4.83 of 5 stars 4.83  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  15 reviews
“It’s those silly dreams that keep us alive.”

Dreams define us, shape us and realise our potential…they make us who we are.

Freya won’t let death stand in her way.
When she dies Freya knows she needs to move on, but is caught within her mother’s grief and the discovery of terminally ill Old Thomas. Finding she can affect the lives of those beyond her heaven she fights to r
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Kindle Edition, 178 pages
Published June 30th 2011 by Amazon Digital Services (first published January 1st 2011)
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Paul Ruddock
Every parent or indeed anyone who remembers the magic of their own childhood will identify with this book from the very first page. What starts off as a personal tragedy quickly blossoms into an enchanting story of joy, happy memories, and hope. True, it deals with the difficult theme of every parent's worst nightmare, the loss of a child, but it blends seamlessly with the possibility of what lies beyond, a beautiful vision of a life beyond this one, and it is this aspect of the book that captiv ...more
Lara Hays
I wasn't sure what to expect when starting this story...I certainly didn't expect to be bawling my eyes out in the first chapter - and I was at the hair salon. It's imperative to keep a tissue nearby with this story. This unforgettable novel combines the imagery of poetry with the simplicity of a fairy tale to create a story that steals your heart from the first sentence and refuses to let go. Yes, it's sad, but it's also one of the most uplifting and inspiring tales of loss and unconditional lo ...more
Bekah Shambrook
Feb 28, 2014 Bekah Shambrook rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: All ages
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Beneath the Rainbow is a wonderful story; in it you will read of pain and devastating grief, of love and pure joy, of innocence and absolute beauty. This book captivates and you will find yourself caring for each of the characters you read about, you will wish for Old Thomas to reach his unreachable star and yearn for Freya's mother to find her solace.

Lisa uses a unique voice in her writing
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Sorcha O'Dowd
Wow, well what can I say about ‘Beneath the Rainbow’? I could quite easily fill a whole page of ramblings about how much I adored and treasure this book, and I still don’t think I’d even begin to express how wonderful this book is. I didn’t think it was possible to cry so much during one book. The last time that happened was when I was reading the last Harry Potter book, and being the book nerd that I am, I wrote a list of every character that died during its pages. Whilst ‘Beneath the Rainbow’ ...more
Rebecca Fyfe
I think I cried (not the pretty-looking-dainty-little-sniff-crying either, but the full-on-bawling-red-faced-tears-streaming-crying) through the first half of the book. The subject of a child's death, for me, as a mother, is a heartbreaking one. The story is lovely and, once I stopped crying, I started to notice the beauty in how Lisa Shambrook describes the emotions, the people, and the friendships and family relationships involved in little Freya's life. The book left me feeling uplifted and I ...more
Sophie Moss
I was completely caught off guard by this breathtaking story. The story, though it deals with grief and learning to let go of a loved one, is actually a story of friendship, love and healing. It is sweet, touching, uplifting, and frankly just beautiful. The writing is flawless. The characters are real and wonderfully developed. There are two small romantic subplots that are incredibly sweet. The ending was exactly what I was hoping for and the story left me smiling and feeling incredibly fulfill ...more
Angela Lockwood
If I stuck to my usual genre, I would have missed this little gem. I’m so glad my review group took me out of my comfort zone. I just started reading this book without knowing anything about it because I was asked to do a review, and I’m so glad I did.
The author did not pick an easy topic. The death of a young child and its aftermath has been handled with great sensitivity and Lisa Shambrook has managed to create a beautiful story that brought a few tears to my eyes. But I wouldn’t say this is
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S.M. Lowry
I had no idea what this book was about when I picked it up, but I'm so glad I did! I highly recommend this book to everyone. Beneath the Rainbow takes the reader on a journey through heartbreak, grief, redemption, and the power of keeping dreams alive. This story had me crying from the very beginning, but it’s as much about friendship and healing as it is about grief and loss. The descriptions are vivid throughout the story, drawing the reader in to the world Freya currently inhabits and also to ...more
Michelle
A bittersweet tale...both heartbreaking and uplifting.
I think that Ms. Shambrook did an amazing job with the child's POV, and also in the handling of such a delicate topic, which she did with great sensitivity.
The story takes us into the magical realm, and yet there's a realistic portrayal of characters who are well-rounded and believable. It's a fine balance which the author pulls off quite effectively.
Stunning, colorful and vibrant imagery add a multi-sensory appeal, as the reader is transpor
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Beth
This was a charming tale of how a little girl helps her community deal with her own death.
J.
I’m not sure I was emotionally prepared to read Ms. Shambrook’s Beneath the Rainbow. I’m used to explosions and car chases and plots involving giant asteroids and killer robots, so when little Freya was hit by a car and died in the opening sequence my heart broke. Make no mistake, Shambrook will take you on a journey in this book and it will all be emotional. You’ll feel, and for a heartless, robotic, cynic like me, that can really be powerful.
Beneath the Rainbow is a beautifully written story o
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Michelle
A bittersweet tale...both heartbreaking and uplifting.
I think that Ms. Shambrook did an amazing job with the child's POV, and also in the handling of such a delicate topic, which she did with great sensitivity.
The story takes us into the magical realm, and yet there's a realistic portrayal of characters who are well-rounded and believable. It's a fine balance which the author pulls off quite effectively.
Stunning, colorful and vibrant imagery add a multi-sensory appeal, as the reader is transport
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Lizzie Koch
I read this book some time ago and realised I hadn't reviewed; oops. Even after all this time, Freya's story as stayed with me.

Lisa achieves the impossible. She writes about the worse possible event and its aftermath in the most beautiful and sensitive way. But most of all, this story is about hope for the future for all who were touched by Freya.

I loved all the characters and their stories and how the narrative weaved effortlessly in an almost poetic way.

Already a fan of Lisa's lyrical prose
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Lea
I loved this book - had me crying from the start ! a tough subject matter but nicely written as its not too heavy but still hits the mark. In some places i thought it was a bit too made up - but hey its heaven and no one of us been there so we cant comment either way and as the book went on i liked to think it was just like its described in the book.
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Lisa began weaving intricate stories inside her imagination from a young age, but these days her words find themselves bursting forth in the forms of flash fiction, short stories and novels.

She was born and raised in vibrant Brighton, England, and living by the ocean heavily influenced her lyrical and emotional writing. She works with the senses, description and colour, and her readers will easil
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