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When Our Hearts Were Tender: A Memoir of Grief and Healing [Kindle Edition]

Misty DiLello Covington
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (21 customer reviews)

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Book Description

He comes from a dysfunctional home where the brothers were involved with violence and drug use. She comes from a supportive, loving family environment. Both are Mormons. Both served missions for their church. She works in a drug rehab facility as a counselor. He comes to the facility on a court-ordered drug rehab program. It is where they meet: Dino DiLello, the charismatic and natural leader, too often on the wrong side of the law and Misty Squire, the pretty blonde social worker eighteen years his junior, who has a firm commitment to doing what’s right.

Dino and Misty are drawn together in a powerful love that surprises them both. They marry and face a bright and hopeful future. Dino has left his lawless past behind him. Or has he? The night that changes everything brings up troubling questions.

As Misty comes to terms with her worst fears, she must also decide at what cost to pursue the truth behind that night. And somehow she must learn to live with a grief that seems to break her heart beyond all healing.

Editorial Reviews


"What is it that drives us to read through the night? It is real life stories like this, anchored by mystery, grief, religious faith and love. This book is honest, heart-breaking and poignant yet offers the healing power of hope. We are reminded that death ends a mortal life but not a relationship...or a future." --Barbara R. Wheeler, author of When a Spouse Dies: What I Didn't Know About Helping Myself and Others Through Grief

"I highly recommend this memoir to those who have suffered a deep loss or know someone who is currently grief-stricken. Or to anyone who just simply enjoys a good memoir, one that has enough twists of plot to maintain a reader s interest. Whiffs of danger kept me tense with expectation, but at the end I felt peaceful and satisfied." --Ann Carbine Best, bestselling author of In the Mirror: A Memoir of Shattered Secrets

About the Author

Misty DiLello Covington, born in Kansas, now lives in Utah. She is a story teller. Some sad. Some funny. Most teach. All true. When she is not telling the stories of life, she is living them by trying to help the world as a social worker, to be the best wicked step-mother in the history of wicked step-mothers, by being the last and best wife to her husband, and trying anything new as long as there is an ice cream treat afterwards.

Product Details

  • File Size: 342 KB
  • Print Length: 200 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: WiDo Publishing (May 1, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B007ZTEW4Y
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Lending: Enabled
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #583,161 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Most Helpful Customer Reviews
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty good December 26, 2012
Format:Kindle Edition
I truly felt the love portrayed by misty. It was a quick read and great to have the faith component.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart Breaking Suspense January 5, 2013
By Kim
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WOW I couldn't put this book down which says it all because I can always put books away. Wonderfully written and if you experienced a great loss in your life you can identify completely with her pain.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Strange February 11, 2013
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While I sympathize with the author's loss, and can relate to many of the struggles she went through, I found this story a bit strange. If there truly was foul play regarding her husband's death, then something more should have been done about it. I felt like we were only getting part of the story here, and what we got was confusing. I appreciated how she explained their faith and how it was so much a part of their lives, but then there were so many other parts where she just droned on and on about Dino's past and mentioned so many names that it was hard to keep track of them. Suffice it to say that I have read much better memoirs than this one. And better written ones.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars Didn't finish this book April 20, 2013
By Joki
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I had high hopes for this book, but it just didn't keep me interested enough to continue. Reading gets too tiresome when EVERYTHING goes wrong for the author--I just got slogged down in all the crap in her life. Somehow it didn't add to the story, just made me depressed and not see any hope on the horizon.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Heart wrenching suspenseful love story November 30, 2012
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Tears were pouring down my face by the third page! Wonderfully written! Couldn't put it down until I finished the book.
Would love to read more!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars A bit disjointed February 22, 2013
Format:Kindle Edition
The story was a little hard to follow because the author kept jumping from one time period to another. I also felt she could have gone into more detail about their early relationship. I don't usually care for stories that start with the end.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An Emotionally Powerful Memoir July 5, 2012
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In this beautifully written emotional memoir of love and loss, Ms. Covington generously shares her emotions at the loss of her husband with whom she shared her life and love for only a few brief years on earth. She is grief stricken that she wasn't by his side when he died, and desperately wants to be with him, to have him communicate with her from the "other side." She doesn't know how she can live without him. Then, she discovers that something isn't quite "right" about the way he died, and his death begins to haunt her waking moments and sometimes her long dark nights.

The author's generous and excellent use of dialogue moves the story forward. But what most impresses me is her skill with description. She eloquently and vividly portrays her turmoil and inner struggles as she tries to comes to personal terms with her loss while attempting to uncover the truth of her husband's death.

Using skillful flashbacks that are often in dialogue, we get glimpses of Dino, the man she married, "the charismatic and natural leader" who was "often on the wrong side of the law" but had since "repented" by the time she married him.

Upon his death, she begins plodding step by step toward a future life without her beloved Dino beside her, in reality not an easy thing to do as I know from my own life of many personal losses. I empathize with her pain and struggle, and in the end experience a catharsis that I'm certain she also experienced in her writing.

I like suspense, and this memoir is filled with a credible and satisfying tension that compelled me to keep turning the pages. I especially enjoyed reading the paperback edition.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Inspiring June 9, 2012
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Only the best literature will stay with you, and this book did that for me. Ever since I read this book I cannot stop thinking about Misty and Dino. It will make you cry, but it will also lift you up. It is a story of grief, but it is filled with spiritual insights. Dino's death is a mystery, but somehow Misty has the strength to move on, and be content with unanswered questions.
It is this kind of strength that I envy, and when I feel weak, I think of Misty and her love for Dino.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Her story describes true love that can go on regardless of a new way...
While reading this book I thought Misty would not be able to overcome her lost, however the way she turned her life around and moved on was commendable. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Diana
1.0 out of 5 stars Disappointed
This was a heartbreaking story and my heart goes out,to all involved. I am not a writer, I don't have the skills and knowledge of someone who is either. Read more
Published 6 months ago by Tracy
4.0 out of 5 stars Great book on emotions after a death
Misty writes from the heart. It is easy to walk step by step with her through her grief. Her emotions are genuine.
Published 13 months ago by Phylpalacios
1.0 out of 5 stars Underwhelming at best
Although I sympathize with the sorrow and grief that this author went through, I did not find the book to be an entertaining read. Read more
Published 16 months ago by StuffLover
1.0 out of 5 stars Terrible read
This book is so poorly written as to be virtually unintelligible. Apparently, the writer's husband, an unhealthy former heroin addict suffering from kidney failure, is found... Read more
Published 18 months ago by Chris Cennedy
2.0 out of 5 stars Not what I expected
It was an OK read. Found myself skipping ahead. Didn't like the ending.... at all. Appreciated how "real" it was
Published 23 months ago by S. Z. Paolella
2.0 out of 5 stars Incomplete - probably best for people who know her personally
Another freebie from Amazon - which means that it's hard to be TOO critical, since I didn't pay for it. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Mia
5.0 out of 5 stars Good read
I wasn't sure if this would be too "religious" for me, but I enjoyed how she was guided and comforted by her faith.
Published 23 months ago by Susie Miyanaga
1.0 out of 5 stars Horrible
This was a disappointing read. Very boring. I actually skipped most of the last part because I love true crime and thought that this would be solved in the book. Read more
Published 23 months ago by Amazon Customer
2.0 out of 5 stars A Lot Missing
I was disappointed with this book. It was vague. I realize that she never got answers about Dino's death, and that she probably didn't want to share everything she knows for her... Read more
Published 23 months ago by jdanz
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