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Celia's Journey

3.78  ·  Rating Details ·  254 Ratings  ·  42 Reviews
The Strane family has it all figured out. They have a life they love in a world they have created for themselves that is filled with harmony and happiness and a touch of chaos too. Then a tragic accident stops their world on a dime. Peace is shattered. Everything is torn asunder as a child is lost—a son and brother—and those left behind are thrust into the darkness of grie ...more
Paperback, 306 pages
Published April 25th 2012 by CreateSpace (first published August 23rd 2010)
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Aug 14, 2012 Erin rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2012, kindle
I was both in love with and terrified by this book. A parent's worst nightmare, no doubt. But I think the author did an OUTSTANDING job portraying the feelings and inner struggles of the three characters... no small feat considering the three characters were all very different: a man, a woman, and a 10yo boy! Even though I've never had this particular experience (and pray to God that I never do), I read this book KNOWING that if that were me, I'd be feeling exactly the same way. And I know that ...more
May 26, 2012 Karyn rated it liked it
WARNING: Have a box of tissues ready when you pick up this book! I am pretty sure there were tears in my eyes the entire time. I received a copy of this book through the Goodreads First Reads Program and based on the description, I had no idea what to expect. The main character, Lindsey, resonated with me from her first trip to the home improvement store through the last page. Because of that, I expected the book to be predictable, but it wasn't. I read the entire book from cover to cover becaus ...more
Alexis Jacobs
May 21, 2012 Alexis Jacobs rated it it was amazing
Shelves: read-in-2012
Heart wrenching, poignant, emotional –– this novel will suck you in from the first word until the very last. This story could be any of us -- a happy family who's life is shattered one afternoon when a 6-year-old boy is tragically killed in the grocery story parking lot. This book follows the grief and raw emotion felt by this family for almost 9 months. While this book is one of utter sadness, it is also a book of hope –– Hope that a family can survive one of the worst and most painful losses a ...more
Jun 22, 2012 Kathryn rated it liked it
The book shows the grief process in a realistic way from different perspectives. I liked being able to recognize each individual's moments of healing and change. It was an okay book.
Michele Whitecotton
Jul 17, 2012 Michele Whitecotton rated it really liked it
This book was very well written. I can't say that I enjoyed reading it because it was very hard to read, but it was a very gripping story that stays with you. I am the mother of a 6 year old boy and my heart just broke for Lindsay with every passing page. I spent most of the book being very angry at Jerry. I'm sure losing his son was hard for him too, but it was so much harder on Lindsay and he should have been more understanding. If I lost my son, I couldn't imagine even getting out of bed ever ...more
Oct 12, 2012 Jean rated it really liked it
A truly touching story that brings tears to your eyes as you read it. Jerry and Lindsey Strane seem to be truly enjoying the perfect marriage. Their love for each other knows no bounds and they have two wonderful boys, Adam and Max. Everything takes a turn when young Max dies after being struck by an automobile. Dealing with the grief of a child's death puts a serious strain on the Strane relationship and the family unit. Lindsey discovers she is pregnant and is trying to deal with her own grief ...more
Jul 19, 2012 Annette rated it it was amazing
What a heartbreakingly beautiful novel. I was struck by the author's ability to capture the give and take of a great relationship between the Jerry and Lindsey. All of the characters were finely drawn and real. I came to love and care deeply for each person as they dealt with their grief and pain.

While reading this, I realized that ten years ago, I would not have believed that a couple could be so in sync and in love with each other, outside of fiction. But, having been blessed with a strong, lo
Jessica Wirth
Mar 12, 2012 Jessica Wirth rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Great book! I loved how the chapters were according to the weeks Lindsey was pregnant. I enjoyed how the POV changed from character to character, nice to get insight and perspective from each family member. While this specific situation is not one that I can exactly identify with, the passion with which Muzik writes makes it easy to sympathize with each character - whether you agree with their choices or not your heart goes out to them. Without giving it away, I was very pleased with the ending! ...more
May 20, 2012 KareB rated it really liked it
The beginning of the book was kind of irritating because they seemed just too perfect and too happy. Feeling this way made me feel guilty because I should be happy for happy people. Haha... Boy the guilt intensified as I read their pain later. If you tend to cry, make sure to have tissue next to you. Great book! Be ready to celebrate the gift of life. :)
May 06, 2011 Stacy rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: firstreads
I won this book in the FirstReads contest. The beginning in the book was filled with a lot dialogue and not much look into the character's feelings, but once the incident takes place that triggers the rest of the plot, you can really feel what the characters are going through. The plot moves along nicely and makes you want to keep reading so you can find out what happens next.
May 17, 2012 Saundra rated it really liked it
Shelves: first-reads
I won this book through Goodreads Giveaways. I found this book to be a realistic portrait of a entire family in grief. Usually we see the parents point of view and not the sibling left behind. I liked that there was an ebb and flow to the recovery and how everyone had to dig deep down into themselves to come up with a definition of their family as it now stands.
Aug 11, 2012 Jolie rated it really liked it
This had to have been the saddest book that I have read in a while. The description doesn't even prepare you for what this book is about. To say that it is heart wrenching doesn't even begin to describe it. But, it was a good book. One that made you cry and hold your loved ones a little closer after reading it. I will read it again.
May 19, 2011 lindsay rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
This book was very hard to put down.
The story of not just one persons journey through an unthinkable hardship but a family's journey together.
The book had me laughing and crying throughout the book.
Heather Muzik tells the story through every family members eyes.
I was hooked. I found myself reading into late hours of the night.
Loved it.
Pauline Tilbe
Jun 06, 2012 Pauline Tilbe rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I truly enjoyed this story. It starts out as a light, easy read. The characters are well written. I found myself in tears at several different points. The loss of a child creates such a whole in a family, Celia's Journey looks at that loss through the eyes of each member of the Strane family. It's raw, and it's real. I'm now off to read more by Heather Muzik!
Jun 01, 2012 Robin rated it liked it
This was a hard book to read - not because it was bad writing, because it was such a devastating story. Perhaps it hit me differntly now that I'm a parent, but it was just such heavy and heartwrenching stuff. I'm glad it ended on an positive note, and it wasn't much, but it was something.
May 02, 2012 Amanda rated it it was amazing
Shelves: fiction, 2012, first-read
Won this book through Goodread's first read.

Wonderful book; I needed tissues through this one. At one point in the book I think I read a whole chapter with my hand over my mouth because I couldn't believe what had just happened.
May 20, 2012 Vicki rated it really liked it
Shelves: e-book
This story was packed with emotion. I also like how the author gave each family members perspective through out the story. some authors would have ignored the kid in the story but she didn't and it really added to the emotional theme in the book. Loved it.
May 20, 2012 Courtney rated it it was amazing
Read it in 3 days!! Cried, smiled, laughed!!
Kimmi Bailey
May 19, 2012 Kimmi Bailey rated it really liked it
Shelves: family-life
A very emotional book and well written. I had a hard time putting it down.
The book started slow, but once I got going, it was hard to put down. The book made me laugh and cry! Good book to read.
May 23, 2012 Ruth rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
I really liked the storyline and the writing. I will read more by this author.
Peggy Euteneier
May 26, 2012 Peggy Euteneier rated it liked it
Good exploration of the rippling effects of family tragedy and the healing power of love, but difficult to read also, since so much of it was "down."
Aug 07, 2012 Jennifer rated it really liked it
A look at how one family deals with loss and devastation. Will it destroy the family or can they over come it?
Carol Lowe
May 23, 2012 Carol Lowe rated it it was amazing
This book has it all tears, humor, believable characters! loved it
Aug 05, 2012 Jeanette rated it really liked it
Hard book to read as a parent, so beware...however, great heartwarming story.
Kristie Worrell
Jan 29, 2011 Kristie Worrell rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
a fabulous find from a new author!! i loved this book and think you will too. a great story about love, loss, life and healing.
Aug 12, 2016 Lindsay rated it did not like it
Shelves: straight-fiction
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I keep going back and forth on my feelings for this novel. It was a quick read. As a mother, the topic was tough to stomach. I appreciate that author tackled it. I think she injected a lot of truth throughout, which I would imagine would be a comfort to someone who has gone through this tragedy. I don't think I enjoyed the book, though I did get sucked in by the interesting mix of death and life. I wasn't crazy about the characterization; it often felt a little fake and idealistic- like even the ...more
May 17, 2012 Courtney rated it liked it
Shelves: first-reads, fiction
I received this book as part of the First Reads program. The writing seems to put the book in a quick, easy read category, though the subject matter--the loss of a child--is heavy. The book seemed to explore every possible upheaval that grief and mourning can do to a family, but I wasn't believing that it. The characters were a bit one dimensional and fell from one end of the spectrum (and out) too quickly--whether it be from grief to acceptance, loving support to anger--that their emotions felt ...more
Jan 23, 2016 Mary rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: relationships, kindle
The Strane family has it all figured out. They have a life they love in a world they have created for themselves that is filled with harmony and happiness and a touch of chaos too. Then a tragic accident stops their world on a dime. Peace is shattered. Everything is torn asunder as a child is losta son and brotherand those left behind are thrust into the darkness of grief and guilt.

Celias Journey takes the Stranes from the pit of despair through the tentative steps toward healingtesting the str
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After a childhood spent living in various northern states--New Jersey for half of that (South Jersey, exit 4, to be exact)--she struck out on her own. First stop, Atlanta, Georgia. After attending GA Tech to study Industrial Engineering, she settled down in a small town outside the city where she has remained ever since. She keeps house for one husband, two sons, and a thankless dog (who she adore ...more
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