The Dreaming Road
by Elizabeth Moore
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Pub Date 15 Jan 2018 | Archive Date 17 Apr 2018
On a spring morning in early May, Diane wakes up to find her beautiful 16-year old daughter, Callie, lying dead on the floor of her bedroom. The police find a suicide note in Callie’s jewelry chest and Diane’s whole world, as she had previously known it, falls apart.
In the afterlife, Callie meets her great grandma, Ellie, who tells her that she’s in a part of heaven called Summer Wind and can never return home again. She wrestles with her abrupt and impulsive decision to take her own life and witnesses the impact that this event has on all who love her.
Diane begins a desperate search for answers by tearing apart Callie’s bedroom looking for anything that might tell her what drove her daughter to suicide. She visits Joy, a spiritual healer, who tells her that she must learn to seek the gift in her experiences rather than remaining addicted to her guilt and pain. Diane struggles with letting-go of the daughter she once knew and all her hopes and dreams for the future.
Desperate to reassure her mother that she’s okay, Callie attempts to communicate with her from beyond the veil. They both begin a heart-wrenching journey to find one another once again.
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I like to read something a little different every now and then so when I saw the blurb for this book, I had to give it a go. The Dreaming Road is a beautiful story of a mother's loss, grief and love over the death of her daughter. It was well written and delved into areas of spirituality which are of great interest to me. I found Diana's side of the story to be heartwrenching, gritty and very real. Unfortunately, I struggled with Callie's version of events. Obviously, I can't say what's true and what's not - who knows for sure whether there's an afterlife or not but I began the book with an open mind and was prepared to be enlightened but all I did was found myself disbelieving more and more as the book went on. It all seemed a little far-fetched and I began to think that Diana's communications with Callie were little more than a figment of her imagination but a positive way to deal with her enormous grief.
I guess we all of fairly fixed ideas of whether there is an afterlife or not and if so, what it looks like and Callie's versions of the afterlife were just a step too far for me but that's not to say it wasn't a lovely book with some gems of good advice tucked away inside. It was definitely worth a read and it's a book I will return to again, purely for Diana's side of the story and the positive lessons that can be learned from such a painful life lesson.
As a Mother this book hits a nerve. It is every Mother’s greatest fear that they will lose one of their children, add suicide and well I can’t even go there. This book follows Diane trying to maneuver her grief and find answers but it also follows Callie as she moves through the afterlife. The feelings of Diane and Callie are so intense it broke my heart. I won’t lie I found myself crying through this book but it didn’t stop me from investing in the story which I will add I read in one night. This is a wonderful book that really needs more than 5 stars
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