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Disposition of Remains (Remains #1)

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Stacia Altman has just received some terrible news. Life-altering news. In fact, life-ending news. She was just diagnosed with a terminal disease. Worse yet, she's not sure if her death will matter to anyone-including herself. Once an adventurous young girl with a passion for art history, Stacia has somehow evolved into a sarcastic and listless 38-year-old wife of an ...more
Paperback, 354 pages
Published April 21st 2013 by Createspace Independent Publishing Platform (first published April 20th 2013)
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Gary Dorion
Aug 14, 2016 Gary Dorion rated it it was amazing
Disposition of Remains (Book One in the Remains Series) (Kindle Edition)
An unsolicited review - 5 stars - by Gary L. Dorion, author, book reviewer and former New York City Teacher of English, History and Journalism.

Right away, I liked the cover and found the title intriguing so I decided to check the book out. I seldom read what had appeared to be a romance novel but this one held my interest from the first page.

After several pages I at first was a little annoyed because I wanted to finish the b
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Anastasia Riebs
I LOVE THIS BOOK.

I'm usually reading several books at a time (a bit like channel surfing) but I started reading it last night, and its been all I can do to keep from slacking all day and keep my nose in Disposition of Remains. THANK GOD the weekend is coming up and its a satisfying 384 pages!"

As a survivor of domestic abuse; so much of the anger Laura T Emery’s character, Stacia, carries (the need for closure of the fragmented pieces of her life BEFORE her marriage) is redolent of my own fury a
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Melissa
Jan 21, 2014 Melissa rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
Very enjoyable read. A moving adventure with a touching conclusion.

I won this book through Goodreads First Reads.
Cassandra.
OMGosh!! I am on page 200, & I do not want to put down the book. Laura Emery has managed to write a book that contains every yummy element I look for in a Good Read - fantastic character development, laugh out loud dialog, a bit of my stomping grounds ( i.e. the southwest), history, travel, personal introspection & personal discovery, etc., etc. I received this from First Reads - thank you!
From CA, to Las Vegas, to the bottom of the Grand Canyon, to Italy, to Africa - & back! Quirky,
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D.A. Henneman
May 11, 2016 D.A. Henneman rated it really liked it
I was pleasantly surprised to see a topic that most shy away from, examined in such a unique and beautiful way. The stages of grief affect us all at one point or another and are handled in a variety of ways. The author’s description of the stages from a young woman’s viewpoint, as she desperately tries to regain balance in her life (after finding out she has terminal cancer), is poignant and heartfelt. As we follow Stacia through her travels, after leaving the husband she should have never ...more
Holly
Jun 29, 2013 Holly rated it it was amazing
Beautifully researched, beautifully written! The Epitome of an amazing and well put together book! Has something for everyone...love, adventure, mystery, medicine! I love how Laura incorporated her love for art history and travel into her novel. Felt like I was traveling from place to place with the main character, and seeing everything through her eyes! Highly recommended book!
Boyko Ovcharov
Aug 27, 2016 Boyko Ovcharov rated it it was amazing
Disposition of a new beginning!

Excellent prose, full of culture, emotional adventures and psychological quests. The author provides invaluable insights into a soul of a delicate but suffering lady that travels across countries and various spiritual dimensions alike.
Lashon Brown
May 03, 2016 Lashon Brown rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
I loved it.

I loved this book, it took me a couple of days to finish it. Because I have twins, but when I did read some I couldn't put it down. Have to find some more books by the author.
Teresa Garcia
May 03, 2016 Teresa Garcia rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Excellent book with Excellent characters. I fell in love with Stacia and her story! There is no cliff hangers and you feel a sense of completion at the end. This book is a Fantastic read. I would recommend it to all who love to read.
Paula Brubaker
May 03, 2016 Paula Brubaker rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
What a fantastic book. I loved it. I recommend this book to everyone.
Grace Risata
I have two words. Absolutely Amazing!
Let me first say that the cover does NOT do the book justice! I was expecting something renaissance-ish and that is NOT what it's about. It's an epic tale spanning several continents that takes the reader on a masterful journey.
--I loved the character development and how each person in the book had their own voice. They were truly three dimensional and you understand their motivations and sympathize with them.
--I loved the detailed descriptions of each city (
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Denise Sherman
Nov 20, 2016 Denise Sherman rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The Beauty of Love

For anybody who has a love for the beauty of a story this is definitely for you. Laura T. Emery has expressed beauty, love, and a multitude of passion in one book. It will make you admire art, the beauty of the wilderness and wonderful strength of friends.
When Anastasia "Stasia" to her friends is told that she has Cancer she has a total melt down because it was17 years after her mother had died from Cancer. The man that she to is a total control freak so one day she decides to
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Veronique Poirier
Nov 15, 2016 Veronique Poirier rated it it was amazing
Wow! what a beautiful story!! I enjoyed the whole thing and looking forward to reading more from this author! <3
Thanks for writing! :D
Robert Cohen
Aug 28, 2013 Robert Cohen rated it really liked it
For the first 25 or 30 pages of this book, I was a bit concerned as I thought this was going to be another clichéd bucket list story.

Then a funny thing happened. I fell in love with the main character, Stacia. She suffers from all the fears and ambivalences that the rest of us non-imminently dying folks do. There is absolutely nothing the least bit sappy about her journey. She tells no one that she is dying, and almost no one finds out. She is determined to leave her bad marriage behind, but it
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Joan
Aug 25, 2013 Joan rated it liked it
Shelves: ebooks
Some parts of the book were great, especially the descriptions of Stacia's travels and some of the personal growth she went through. Other parts grew annoying quickly - like her constant rants about her horrible husband and her failure to take any responsibility for anything through most of the book. And other parts just were too unbelievable - could anyone really meet all the wonderful people she did who were all so ready to help her and who all seemed to love her right away, despite all her ...more
Chris
May 03, 2016 Chris rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Received the book free through offer on Goodreads. I usually read heavier subjects or YA but occasionally pick up a contemporary fiction/romance. That said, it was an okay story but didn't care for the ending as she squashed so much time in the last couple of chapters. It was rewarding to see Stacia grow in her self-esteem and put gusto and purpose into her life after believing she as ovarian cancer. She grows in strength, visiting old friends and developing new relationships that do nothing but ...more
Emerald Lavere
Really enjoyed this book! The main character travels through a literal adventure, but simultaneously makes an emotional and spiritual journey. The author takes us through a virtual trip to Italy and the southern part of Africa. Ms. Emery dishes up satisfying portions of history along with cultural and geographical facts, all woven together in one woman's journey to find herself, and to find meaning in her existence. A wonderful tapestry of story and interesting facts. This is the kind of book ...more
Chloe Flowers
Aug 17, 2016 Chloe Flowers rated it it was amazing
This is a wonderful tale that spans the globe, taking us from Vegas to Sedona to Florence and Africa. I loved the settings because Laura Emery knows how to put her readers in the scene. This is a very unique story with an enticing twist at the end. I read the second book before this one, and I think it actually made my reading experience better while reading this tale of a woman diagnosed with cancer. The dialogue is fresh and the writing meticulous. I highly recommend for any reader looking for ...more
Patricia Ibarra
Sep 15, 2013 Patricia Ibarra rated it liked it
It was until Anastasia learnt she would soon die that she decided to give a shift to her life. Even though the end is predictable, she is funny and the story took me to Florence, South Africa and an Indian reservation. It is a light novel, but I think she could have gone in further depth concerning her disease. Anyhow, a reminder that we should not start living until we have Damocles's sword dangling over our head.
Rebecca Trotter
Apr 08, 2014 Rebecca Trotter rated it it was amazing
What would you do with your life if you found out it was coming to an end very soon?

Stacia, the protagonist, decides to really live and not just exist in the little time she has left. In doing so, she not only finds herself, she finds out who her father is and the secrets her mother kept.

The writing is superb and not over-wrought with oh-woe-is-me emotion. One of the best books I've ever read.
Niffer
Jul 06, 2016 Niffer rated it really liked it
I received this book through a Goodreads First Reads giveaway.

This book was a pretty solid 3.5 stars. It occassionally bordered on too silly and often felt very Pollyanna-ish, but overall the storyline was solid and the characters very likeable. While the main plot twist at the end was somewaht predictable the final ending nicely tied up loose ends and left me feeling overall content.
Lkai
May 03, 2016 Lkai rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
An interesting, fun, quirky tail of love and loss, and finding one's self, finding what you did not know was lost, and living. Most especially about living, even in the face of dying. Wraps up with perfect corners and a bow. I would recommend
Rachel Parrott
Jun 22, 2014 Rachel Parrott rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
A heartfelt book with end of life review, travel, growth, tears and laugher.

I received my copy through Goodreads First Reads.
Melanie Michel
Mar 14, 2014 Melanie Michel rated it liked it
Shelves: giveaways
Laura T. Emery's story is sweet and uplifting. Despite the unsophisticated writing, it's worth the read. Full of heart.
Dianne
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Jun 09, 2013
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Laura T Emery has lived most of her life in Los Angeles, California, but spent most of her time and energy the past few years perusing the streets of Florence through literature, art, and Google Maps.
Laura is learning the Italian language, simply to enable her to read the few books that exist on Simonetta Vespucci, and the many other documents of the Italian Renaissance that have yet to be transl
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