Author: Benjamin Brooks-DuttonPublish On: 2014-05-08
This is the story of a man and a child who lost the woman they so dearly love and what happened in the year that followed. Ben describes the conflicting emotions that come from facing grief head on.
Author: Benjamin Brooks-Dutton
Publisher: Hachette UK
Category: Family & Relationships
The Sunday Times bestseller The moving and inspiring account of heartbreak and courage, and the life-affirming relationship between a father and son. Ben Brooks-Dutton's wife - the great love of his life - was knocked down and killed by a car as he walked beside her, pushing their two-year-old son in his buggy. Life changed forever. Suddenly Ben was a widower deep in shock, left to raise their bewildered child alone. In the aftermath Ben searched for guidance from men in similar situations, but it appeared that young widowed fathers don't talk. Well meaning loved ones admired his strength. The unwritten rule seemed to be to 'shut up, man up and hide your pain'. Lost, broken and afraid of the future, two months after his wife Desreen's death, Ben started a blog with the aim of rejecting outdated conventions of grief and instead opening up about his experiences. Within months Life as a Widower, had received a million hits and had started an all-too-often hushed conversation about the reality of loss and grief. This is the story of a man and a child who lost the woman they so dearly love and what happened in the year that followed. Ben describes the conflicting emotions that come from facing grief head on. He rages against the clichés used around loss and shows the strange and cruel ways in which grief can take hold. He also charts what it means to become a sole parent to a child who has lost their mother and cannot yet understand the meaning of death. Through the shock and sadness shine moments of hope and insight. So much of what Ben learns comes from watching his son struggle, survive and live, as children do, from moment to moment where hurt can turn to happiness and anger can turn to joy. This is a story of loss, heartbreak and courage. At its heart is the funny, infuriating and life affirming relationship between a father and son and their ongoing love for an extraordinary woman.
He had always been careful not to frighten his children. The devil had never ... “
Nonsense, why would he wear rubber boots when it isn't raining?” “Yes, Daddy.”
Goggo relaxed, lay back with a sigh. “I didn't think of ... boots, Daddy.” “Yes, but it's not raining,” the man said in exasperation ... They were happy together, too happy, his aunt the nun used to say, as if happiness tempted Providence. Maybe
it did ...
Author: Richard Power
Publisher: Syracuse University Press
An accomplished novelist, short story writer, and playwright, Richard Power (1928–1970) was most well–known for his 1969 novel The Hungry Grass. While many of his stories were published in the leading literary journals of the day, his premature death prevented his work from gaining the fame it deserved. Gathered together for the first time, Power’s subtle and poignant stories capture the daily lives of urban and rural dwellers in Ireland at the turn of the twentieth century. Coming of age, the tensions between tradition and modernity, and romantic love are some of the themes in these beautifully vivid tales. Power explores the interiority of an Irish mother and the thorny navigation of an adolescent girl's coming of age with pathos and humor. This memorable collection, thoughtfully arranged and introduced by James MacKillop, gives new life to an undeservedly neglected writer for fans and scholars of the Irish short story tradition.
I'm grateful Dad and Stefan don't mention me getting upset earlier. 'Let's play ... ' It's not raining,' Dad points out. 'It's been dry all ... A breakup is part of the painful
process you have to go through to end up in a better and happier place.' I never ...
Author: Laura Tait
Publisher: Random House
Rebecca is the only girl she knows who didn't cry at the end of Titanic. Ben is the only man he knows who did. Rebecca’s untidy but Ben doesn’t mind picking up her pieces. Ben is laid back by Rebecca keeps him on his toes. They're a perfect match. Nothing can come between them. Or so they think. When a throwaway comment reveals a secret from the past, their love story is rewritten. Can they recover from the night that changed everything? And how do you forgive when you can’t forget? The Night That Changed Everything is a funny, feel-good and bittersweet story, told in alternate chapters by Laura Tait and Jimmy Rice.
'I do have a job, it's just not the same job I had here.' 'So you've been demoted,' I
said. 'Oh, please don't use that word, Clem. Your father has found a different
position in a difficult job market that's all. We should be happy for him.' 'Difficult
Author: Brian Conaghan
Publisher: Sparkling Books
Category: Young Adult Fiction
Brian Conaghan’s first book. For age 13+. "innovative and insightful... couldn’t wait to devour part two" - Times Educational Supplement "I was utterly flabbergasted... one of the most compelling novels I've ever read" - Heffers Review, Cambridge "Brilliant writing, brilliant structure, brilliant book" - Des Dillon, author of Me and Ma Gal "definitely up there with the modern classics" - What? Magazine" A Must-Read for Teens and Adults: The Boy Who Made It Rain is an innovative novel that will keep you glued to the story until you turn the last page and learn the final outcome." - Fran Lewis, New York Reviewer. The story When a school tragedy happens, you probably lay the blame on society, the Internet, TV or violent films. Not many of you think it could be the parents' or the teachers' fault, do you? But then, is it? We all have our say, spout off opinions in different directions according to our view of the world. In this novel, too, they all have their say, but who's right? At only sixteen Clem's world is turned upside down. His Willy-Loman-like father, a travelling salesman and a loser, is transferred from Eastbourne to Glasgow and along with him go Clem and his meek accommodating mother. But Glasgow is rough and Clem's posh English accent is not well-accepted in the sink school he attends. And he's a brilliant scholar. He soon becomes the target for McEvoy's group of thugs for whom slashing faces is the most important ambition in their depraved lives.
Author: Gabrielle PrendergastPublish On: 2016-10-04
And I thought about myself and my dad, who I had just met. ... “The thing is, we
can make each other happy, if we try. ... We don't have any parental permission,
and we don't have any buses, but it's not raining and we'll all be together, so if
Author: Gabrielle Prendergast
Publisher: Orca Book Publishers
Category: Juvenile Fiction
When ten-year-old Journey Song hears that two pandas are being held in a warehouse in her neighborhood, she worries that they may be hungry, cold and lonely. Horrified to learn that the pandas, originally destined for a zoo in Washington, might be shipped back to China because of a diplomatic spat between China and the United States, Journey rallies her friends and neighbors on the poverty-stricken Eastside. Her infectious enthusiasm for all things panda is hard to resist, and soon she's getting assistance from every corner of her tight-knit neighborhood.
it doesn't work because I know it's not the real ending. Then he says after ... I
wonder what it will be. I'm not really allowed to have anything that's just mine but
if Daddy buys it for me it isn't my fault. ... Everyone is happy. Daddy is sitting on
Author: Edeet Ravel
Publisher: Penguin Canada
To six-year-old Dori, everything seems possible. To her family and their Peers—secular, left-leaning North American Jews—the young state of Israel seems to offer the same promise, as the starry-eyed kibbutz movement prepares the ground for their ideals of justice and cooperation to take root and flourish. They settle on Eldar in northern Galilee, determined to create a new utopia, but life on this remote hill, three kilometres from the Lebanese border, is far more complex than any of its inhabitants could have imagined. The Last Rain tells the story of Eldar's emergence as a kibbutz through the eyes of Dori, as well as through documentary fragments that take the reader on a labyrinthine journey through the characters' collective past. With humour, sensitivity, and a deep love for the land, The Last Rain follows the coming of age not only of a young girl, but also of a country in the first fraught years of its existence.
me that he suddenly saw it: your dad was dying, and yet he was happy—and not
just a little bit happy, but big-time happy. ... “Your dad, in those last three months
of his life, was no less a spiritual force of serenity than Buddha or Jesus Christ
himself. ... If they started that, he'd tell them to get lost or to shove a sharp stick up their ass and not to come back to see him until they could see that this was the ...
Author: Victor Villaseñor
Publisher: Hay House, Inc
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Beyond Rain of Gold is the incredible story behind the writing and publication of Victor Villaseñor’s national bestseller Rain of Gold. It captures the difficult and courageous path the author followed to ensure that his family’s saga would be published as the authentic, true account it is. The real power of this book lies in the sacred relationship that Villaseñor has with his father, mother, and ancestors. In other words, Beyond Rain of Gold encompasses the magical messages that Villaseñor’s indigenous ancestors told him are universal themes common to native peoples everywhere on this planet . . . and at one time we were all indigenous. This is an exciting, raw, and honest work, with events occurring that transcend the boundaries of what we normally call reality. And like Carlos Castaneda’s Don Juan trilogy, Beyond Rain of Gold explores altered states of consciousness, revealing the wisdom and magic inherent in everyday existence. This is a book that will make you see the world in an entirely different way, and which will stimulate your mind and emotions to create a New Earth way of thinking and being!
You're a young impressionable girl and for reasons which I won't even mention,
you'll fall right into what I call a trap ... It's not like you're going away to California
or Montana, by gosh, it's New Brunswick which is right around the corner. ... “Dad,
stop saying that! ... We don't need the whole team to make ourselves happy.
Author: Eralides E. Cabrera
The world may look tolerant of the striding changes that societies have made. But people can still choose to be cruel and not change, not adapt to the new advances. “It’s Raining Tonight” talks about hope, hope for those who face prejudice and hate. John and Vanessa are a young modern couple of today’s world, passionately in love. But theirs is a relationship not easily accepted. It’s troublesome for each of their families to handle and mocked by their friends. Yet, they conquer it all. Their love is larger than life, larger than all the prejudice that could be tossed at them. Love conquers all and wins. “It’s Raining Tonight” is that kind of story. It’s a story about love, passion and the defeat of evil, a beautiful story.
He's tried to make this about him—his pain—but this is about my father's death
and that I can't take any more heartache. “Fuck.” He sighs, and ... know it's not. That's not what I meant. I'm worried about you.” I close my eyes and hear thunder
in the distance. ... His voice is too loud, and the rain is pounding against the old
Author: Anna Todd
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Book 4 of the After series—newly revised and expanded, Anna Todd's After fanfiction racked up 1 billion reads online and captivated readers across the globe. Experience the internet's most talked-about book for yourself from the writer Cosmopolitan called “the biggest literary phenomenon of her generation.” Tessa and Hardin have defied all the odds, but will their fairy tale ending be turned on its head? AFTER EVER HAPPY...Life will never be the same. #HESSA It’s never been all rainbows and sunshine for Tessa and Hardin, but each new challenge they’ve faced has only made their passionate bond stronger and stronger. But when a revelation about the past shakes Hardin’s inpenetrable façade to the core—and then Tessa suffers a tragedy—will they stick together again, or be torn apart? As the shocking truth about each of their families emerges, it’s clear the two lovers are not so different from each other. Tessa is no longer the sweet, simple, good girl she was when she met Hardin—any more than he is the cruel, moody boy she fell so hard for. Tessa understands all the troubling emotions brewing beneath Hardin’s exterior, and she knows she’s the only one who can calm him when he erupts. He needs her. But the more layers of his past come to light, the darker he grows, and the harder he pushes Tessa—and everyone else in his life—away. Tessa’s not sure if she really can save him—not without sacrificing herself. She refuses to go down without a fight. But who is she fighting for—Hardin or herself?
Daddy said, “Stay closebaby, don't stray toofar” Daddy says“play safe and stay
closetoyour Mom” “What a big girl; you ... Yes I'm sure” Daddy said, “where are
my grandchildren? ... “I lovehimDaddy but I'm not very happy AndI missmy family”
Her father rarely referred to Ludwig. Ironic, then, that he ... Clare opened her
mouth to tell her dad that they weren't together any more and then shut it again.
Today was not the day for any news that would take away the shine. ... As Clare
put the phone down after the conversation her eyes flooded with happy tears.
Author: Milly Johnson
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
THE QUEEN OF FEEL-GOOD FICTION! 'Every time you discover a new Milly book, it’s like finding a pot of gold' Heat A getaway to remember. But is a holiday romance on the cards? Best friends from work May, Lara and Clare are desperate for some time away. They have each had a rough time of it lately and need some serious R & R, so they set off to a luxurious spa for ten glorious days. But when they arrive at their destination, it seems it is not the place they thought it was. In fact, they appear to have come to entirely the wrong village … Despite the strange atmosphere, the three friends are determined to make the best of it and have a holiday to remember. But will this be the break they all need? Or will the odd little village with all its secrets bring them all to breaking point? Praise for Milly Johnson: 'Bursting with warmth and joie de vivre' JILL MANSELL 'Warm, optimistic and romantic' KATIE FFORDE 'An irresistibly feel-good read' JANE COSTELLO
But not Charlie—no, he is far too happy feeding the ducks right now to be
worrying about his illness. ... That, or perhaps I thought he might have wished to
spend more time with his mom and dad. It's hard to say what he may have wished
for, but one thing is for sure: judging by the smile on his face, it must be
something good ...
Author: Dave Jensen
Publisher: Xlibris Corporation
Everyone has a memory or two that stands outmemories that make life worth livingand it is those memories that are the ultimate test by which we judge our lives: Was our life beautiful enough to come back and do again, or was it sad enough to make us move on and never return? These are some of the many questions that have been on Tobys mind. Follow aspiring songwriter Toby and a beautiful painter, named Aurora, across the countryupon the request of a 10-year-old dying boy named Charlieon an autumn journey to experience the true essence of life. All of Tobys questions about his current life and the one to come will be answered by the end of this spiritually reminiscent novel.
It started to rain quite hard, and the sky was very dark. “We're going to get ... They
heard Dad calling out, “Miriam, Alice, we're going now; it's time to come back.”
There was no reply. ... Miriam was not being truthful, but at least it might stop
Alice from being so scared. They found a large tree ... Well, I'm not happy.” Aunt
Author: Linda Patterson
Publisher: Author House
Tracey Tea Pot loved her life. She lived on Patterson farm near Parsnip Wood. She had a warm, loving nature and loved to listen to the family's tales and stories. Her pride of place was in the kitchen on top of the stove. Join Tracey Tea Pot and the Patterson's adventures as they all go on a picnic to Parsnip Wood.
Finding My Father William 'Jum' Bevan 5th FAB AIF George E. Bevan ... He leapt
onto his pony and looked back at his father standing in the doorway of his office . '
See ya ... At least it's not raining , ' said Bob . ... She'll be happy to have us .
Author: George E. Bevan
Publisher: Allen & Unwin
Category: Fathers and sons
When George Bevan discovered his father Jum's wartime diaries and medals, he decided to find out what he could about the father he never really knew. George used Jum's war diary to recreate his father's wartime experiences as an artilleryman and mounted runner, interweaving the diary excerpts with his own memories and longings. JUMS'S WAR features a foreword by General Peter Cosgrove.
Cooper. sat up when he heard dad plod down the hallway, probably getting
ready to go out searching again. ... At least, not yet. He was glad he'd gone but
even happier to be home. And besides, Gordy would be found soon. What he
really wanted to do was talk to Dad. He swung his legs over the bed just as the rain started drumming the roof again. ... “Just seeing how you're doing. Need
some help?” Dad shook his head. “Not yet. Just going out looking.” “For the van?”
“Yeah. And no.
Author: Tim Shoemaker
Category: Juvenile Fiction
This three-book bindup of Tim Shoemaker’s Code of Silence novels takes readers on a series of realistic, nail-biting adventures. In Code of Silence, friends Cooper, Hiro, and Gordy witness a robbery … but when it appears several cops are behind the crime, they aren’t sure who they can trust. Telling the truth could be deadly. But remaining silent could mean an innocent man’s life. In Back Before Dark, the three friends find themselves caught in a trap that leads to Gordy’s abduction. As time goes by without any clues or messages from the kidnapper, Cooper takes things into his own hands. But his choices could place him in even greater danger. Finally, in Below the Surface, what was meant as a peaceful summer vacation turns frightening when Hiro is convinced she witnessed a murder on the lake. Though her instincts are rarely wrong, it appears Hiro may be mistaken this time. Unless the strange accidents happening to Cooper and Gordy are signs of something deeper and more frightening than any of them could imagine.
He and his brother, Noel, and their friends and cousins run and roll in the grass.
... and sings: Happy birthday to you Happy birthday to you Happy birthday Dear
Little Jack Happy birthday to you Daddy puts the cake down in front of Little Jack.
Author: Irene Kueh
Publisher: Irene Kueh
This book is for all those who love Clouds. Yes, the white fluffy stuff floating in the sky. This book begins with a cute short story called: Little Jack & The Cloud, followed by a series of pictures of the clouds taken by family and friends from all over the world. Each picture has a saying or caption or short poem in various languages.
I squint through the rain, positive the din from the storm warped Jake's words. He
steps closer ... When I told you that your happiness is all I care about.” Rain wets his lips. “It should be, but it's not.” I shake my ... I was going to college and then
you were with Chase and then Ben died and your dad was diagnosed with
Author: Katie Ganshert
What if the only way you could make your father’s last wish come true . . . was to marry the man of your dreams? Emma Tate has just moved on from one fiancé, so when she announces a sudden engagement to her lifelong buddy Jake Sawyer, every busybody in Mayfair goes into high alert. Of course, no one but Jake and Emma know the real reason they’re getting married—so Emma’s dying father will have a chance to walk her down the aisle. But while Jake and Emma move forward with their plan—and frantically plan an October wedding—it becomes clear that their agreement has a few complications . . . the biggest being their true feelings for each other. With dubious friends, deliriously thrilled parents, and a town that won’t keep its nose out of their business, Emma and Jake will have a lot to contend with if they’re going to pull this off. The real question is: Who wants this wedding more, Emma’s dad . . . or Emma?
My father and Archie and Fred stayed up that whole first night, laughing and
drinking and raising hell, remembering the good old days. ... real and good, full of
ups and downs, but always a challenge, always a rain of gold with the spirit of
God breathing down their necks, ... "She knew the secret to living, and that secret
is to be happy . . . happy no matter what, happy as the birds that sing in the
Author: Victor Villaseñor
Publisher: Arte Publico Press
Category: Authors, American
Victor Vellasenor weaves the parallel stories of two families and two countries...bringing us the timeless romance between the volatile bootlegger who would become his father and the beautiful Lupe, his mother--men and women in whose lives the real and the fantastical exist side by side...
It stops raining round four—'Told you our luck was in'—but it's too late by then to
think of drying the tent, even if the sun had ... 'Thanks, Dad.' He is still gloating at
the trick he has pulled on me—trick or treat, I'm not sure which. 'Happier now?
Author: Blake Morrison
Category: Biography & Autobiography
First published in 1993, Blake Morrison's And When Did You Last See Your Father? is an extraordinary portrait of family life, father-son relationships and bereavement. It became a best-seller and inspired a whole genre of confessional memoirs, winning the Waterstone's/Volvo/Esquire Award for Non-Fiction and the J. R. Ackerley Prize for Autobiography. This edition includes a new afterword by the author.
Author: A.B.R. at SmashwordsPublish On: 2010-06-18
feels his transportation card vibrating in his pocket, and walks carefully through
the crowded bus, as it pulls into his stop. He steps out of the ... At least it's not raining yet. The bus pulls ... "When is Mommy coming home Daddy?" "She
should be ...
Author: A.B.R. at Smashwords
A speculative satire about the health care industries assuming dictatorial powers in a recognizable near future society. Healthy or Else tells the story of one family's brush with the health care regime and what happens to these good people. The trends are in play; the future may not be as far away as you think.