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A Mother's Journey of Love, Loss & Life Beyond

4.47  ·  Rating Details  ·  17 Ratings  ·  8 Reviews
A Mother's Journey is the powerful true story that is sure to offer undeniable hope to all. As she soaks in one of the last days of a perfect vacation in Costa Rica, Scalise has no idea that she is about to face an incomprehensible tragedy that will claim the life of her twelve-year-old daughter, Brooke. Hidden discoveries and simultaneous events too parallel to be deemed ...more
Hardcover, 318 pages
Published December 5th 2011 by Lakeland Press LLC
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Nikki Bywater
May 07, 2012 Nikki Bywater rated it it was amazing
In this book Jennifer L. Scalise tells the true story of how after losing her beautiful twelve year old daughter Brooke in a tragic accident, while the family where on holiday in Costa Rica. The strength and comfort Jennifer found as she had to deal with the catastrophic circumstances surrounding Brooke’s death in a foreign country. How Jennifer had to go on surviving and find peace of mind for her other two children Blake and Paige. The story tells of the heartache and the tragedy that the fami ...more
May 12, 2012 Lynne rated it it was amazing
True story of a "mother's journey" after her 12-year-old daughter Brooke's death when she accidentally drove off a 260-foot cliff in Costa Rica while vacationing with her family.

If I could give this 10 stars I would. I read all 318 pages in a 24-hour period.

My 18-year-old son and I made a pact a couple weeks ago that which ever one of us dies first, the other one shouldn't be sad because the the one who dies will be in a much better place. I love that we did that. On a strange note, when he was
Jun 10, 2012 Maria rated it it was amazing

The 411 by Maria:
Wow..where do I start?
First, let's start with this; since reading this book, I have thought of Jennifer, Brooke and the rest of the family every day. While I believe some of it is because I am a mom and Jennifer has gone through the most horrific, heart wrenching days a mother could ever suffer through.
Losing one of my children is something I have thought about more than I can ever admit to. Maybe this is because I lost my mom when I was 12 and death is something I know will ha
Robin Tidwell
Sep 12, 2012 Robin Tidwell rated it liked it
Local author Jennifer Scalise’s first book is a masterpiece of creativity, from the included family photos and drawings and letters from her daughter to the moving passages of raw emotion. Jennifer manages to take the reader along on her voyage of self-discovery without becoming maudlin or overbearing; she tells the horrific story in almost a matter-of-fact voice yet, just below the surface, you can feel the deep pain and loss.

In July 2009, Jennifer and her children were vacationing in Costa Ric
Oct 23, 2012 Michele rated it it was ok
I found this book through a connection on LinkedIn that mentioned that it was a Christian book about a mother's grieving process after the tragic death of her daughter. While I certainly do not discount what this mother has gone through, I am surprised that this should be classified as a Christian book. Her daughter, Brooke, was clearly a Christian by what I read in the book; however, the mother did not cope and grieve in any way that I would consider Christian. She consulted mediums, read books ...more
Linda Pipkins
Apr 05, 2012 Linda Pipkins rated it really liked it
I was hesitant to read this book. The Scalise family lives nearby, the kids going to the same school as my children. The news of Brooke's death was heartbreaking in our community. I was not sure I could read about Jennifer's painful moments.

I am happy that I read it and would recommmend it to any mother, regardless if you have lost a child or not. It really makes you realize that love never goes away and it is always around us.
Murielle Cyr
Oct 04, 2014 Murielle Cyr rated it it was amazing
Jennifer Scalise has written a touching and candid memoir of a mother's struggle to come to terms with the tragic death of her young daughter. An inspirational and self-help book for all who have suffered the loss of a loved one. Well-structured and beautifully illustrated, it is a true tribute to the spirit of her daughter. In discovering her daughter's spirituality, she discovers her own spiritual mission to help others.
Angie Hanson
Aug 20, 2012 Angie Hanson rated it really liked it
I thought Jennifer did a wonderful job in replaying her life as tragedy was heavy on her heart. It sounds like her daughter was an amazing child and I really think this is a great book for anyone who has lost a child themselves. It gives you hope & faith and it can get you to a place that will help you heal positively.
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