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Product Details

  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: 2nd Tier Publishing (July 6, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0578108135
  • ISBN-13: 978-0578108131
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6 x 0.6 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (60 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,450,913 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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From the Author

I now move on to what I originally set out to do, keeping my promise to Charlotte and Vanessa to publish their five children's books, hoping others will experience the playfulness, inspiration and joy they found in sharing their life experiences through writing and illustrating. I know the girls' will be smiling when it happens.

From the Back Cover

"I caught glimpses of two young ladies who have filled their cups to the brim with love and with life. I will always remember how courageous they were--never before has a patient touched me in this way."
~ Merrill Nisam, MD

"This is a tender, beautiful narrative with heart wrenching realities about a family's eternal love before and after the death of their beloved adult twin daughters to cystic fibrosis. Will especially resonate with parents of special needs children."
~ Mary Jane Hurley Brant
Author of When Every Day Matters: A Mother's
Memoir on Love, Loss and Life


"Pulled me by my heart with words that are raw and honest and shows us that survival is possible. The affirmation that love never dies is beautifully revealed through the signs and messages sent when one might least expect them."
~ Candace Apple
Owner, Phoenix & Dragon Bookstore

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"I always tried to look at each of my daughters as a person, not as their illness. I tried to think what would I want for them if it was me, and I wanted them to live as normal a life as possible, with hopes and dreams and not define themselves as a sick person first. Jeff and I always said to them that you can do whatever you want to do, and they did. It enables us to live with what is happening now because we feel we have done everything we could. Not having a big house or car really didn't matter because we had time. I look at the girls and I think how rich they have made our lives. Money could never make up for that. It has been a wonderful life because they are so positive and brave."
~Pat, an excerpt from In the Morning Light

Written by Pat, the girls' voices are threaded throughout each chapter of In the Morning Light, using their own words taken from a documentary, a news program and their journals allowing them to tell their unique story of living and loving.

"Imagine being a child living in your own magical kingdom, with mystical streams, enchanted forests, and your own little castle, shared with your best friend. By day you search in streams for fat frogs and slippery salamanders, lie in the cool clover under ripening pear trees, hoping that one may drop so you can have a scrumptious treat. By night, you would catch lightning bugs to put in a jar for a lantern, illuminating each other's face in the dark. And finally when it was time to dream, songs of the crickets would lull you to sleep. These fairy-time images make up the memories of my childhood. It was a time when all my dreams seemed in reach."
~Charlotte

"You should always go for what you want to go for, so that you don't sit there and think 'I wish I had done that or tried this'--even if it doesn't work out at least you would have tried it. I would sit down and look at my life and say, Listen, I could sit here and be miserable and depressed and say I have been given a bad rap, but everyone, some way or another, is given a bad rap. You have to look at the positives in your life and focus on that and that helps me move on."
~Vanessa

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This true story really pulls you into a beautiful world of hope, love, courage and leaves you inspired to change your life and the lives of others for the better.
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16 of 16 people found the following review helpful By SD on July 8, 2012
Format: Paperback
This is the type of book you can't put down once you've started, and one that you want to buy for all your friends after reading it. Despite such tragedy and loss it is such an inspiring story filled with hope and love. Having two children of my own, I felt that it made me want to be a better mother - more patient, more present, and more giving, and made me be that much more grateful for all the blessings in my life. It is also a great reminder of the most important job I'll ever have in my life - raising my children. I also loved how the book includes words from the girls' themselves - that gave it a unique perspective and really gave a complete picture of their life - both their joys and their trials. I highly recommend it to anyone!
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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Mary Jane Hurley Brant on July 8, 2012
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To lose one child to Cystic Fibrosis is heartbreaking; to lose twins to the same disease is unfathomable. Transcending that enormous pain and sharing the beautiful, passionate lives these adult daughters lived is the archetypal power of a mother's love.

In The Morning Light, written by Patricia Robbins, is a tender memoir which floods the reader's senses with its lush descriptions of raising twin girls - along with her husband and her parents - on a thoroughbred horse farm in beautiful Chester County, Pennsylvania. Sensuous descriptions - crackling fires and gathering plump, juicy berries - give the reader a glimpse into a daily life which put family love first. The deliciousness of many descriptions reminded me again how healing nature can be.

The strength of this family was challenged daily by the overwhelming medical needs of their precious daughters. The courage of these young women and their family will inspire every reader. But the Robbins' story will especially resonate with those parents who cared for and lost a special needs child. I know because I am a mother who lost a child needing extra care and this beautiful and meaningful book touched me deeply.

Mary Jane Hurley Brant,Psychotherapist
Author of When Every Day Matters:
A Mother's Memoir on Love, Loss and Life
Simple Abundance Press
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By janhiltonhead on July 8, 2012
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I have come away from this book ready to challenge life. I realize my challenges are nothing compared to all the lovely people in this book. If everyone charged ahead as this family did, the world would be a better place. I will be reading it over and over as it is inspiring and motivating.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Josh Rifkin on July 8, 2012
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We go about our lives every day getting frustrated over the smallest things when there are people going through so much more with a way more positive outlook on life. This true story really pulls you into a beautiful world of hope, love, courage and leaves you inspired to change your life and the lives of others for the better. It is a roller coaster of emotions and stories but in the end Pat, Jeff, Charlotte and Vanessa show you how much love and support a family can have for each other. I will always hold this book close to my heart and will revisit it when I forget the incredible lessons it has taught me.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Karen Emmanuel on July 9, 2012
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Only a mother such as this author, Pat Robbins, could tell this exceptional story of courage and love. She
is truly a gifted writer. This mother - after losing 2 beautifully gifted daughters to Cystic Fibrosis - heroically garnered the strength to chisel out beautiful prose - this profound meditation on impending mortality, beautifully conveys a sense of wonder in being ever present for loved ones - creating an idyllic childhood that stays with these incredible daughters throughout life. The parents and their daughters never question, "Why Me", but cherish their lives together. She and her husband Jeff inspire me to be more present for others - connecting, reaching out, just being there, I have bought more copies of the Memoir to share with my family and friends. Just as the star, she has sent forth much light to the fortunate readers.

There is a sensibility in this writer which draws us to the human heart.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By bhansen on July 18, 2012
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This is a most compelling book about a mother and father when their twin daughters were diagnosed with cystic fibrosis and chose to live their life with courage. They took this tragedy and turned it into a blessing and gave their daughters so much love and joy. Shows a tender and purposeful nurturing for their girls.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Marian L. Owens on July 18, 2012
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What a beautifully written book. The love and honor that Mrs. Robbins displayed while caring for her two angels was touching. I just shared the title with 5,000 of my Twitter friends. Such love and grace, and lessons we can all learn from when faced with challenges.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By AvidReader444 on July 18, 2012
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This book touched me deeply in so many ways. In today's world, we often hear about horribly dysfunctional families, and so it was often difficult to read of such a closely knit loving family, knowing from page one that in the end there would be the untimely death of two beautiful young women who had everything to live for. But I'm so glad that I had the opportunity to share, through Pat's often heartbreakingly honest words, their time on earth, because the girls' death really isn't the story. As sad as it is (and there will be tears for any reader brave enough to share the Robbins' journey), it isn't what I was left with when I finished the book, and it isn't why I highly recommend that you read it.
The essence of the book is the way Charlotte and Vanessa Robbins truly lived, not just existed waiting for that horrific disease to claim them. Taught by their parents that their sickness did not define them, and that they were free to do anything they chose to do - free to be independent, go to college thousands of miles from home, meet their soulmates and fall in love, free to live - they did exactly that, even writing letters and poems to be read at their funerals assuring everyone of the happiness they had found, often calling themselves the luckiest girls in the world.
In the beginning, their parents gave the twins strength to view life this way, and by the end of their time on earth, both girls found ways to give their parents the strength to go on without the daughters they adored and had built their lives around. That is the story - the love that was woven into every moment of their lives together in spite of the insulting ravages that cystic fibrosis put upon their bodies.
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