I purchased this book several weeks before I picked it up to read, but once I did - I spent an entire day reading.
I cannot imagine the strength it took to write this book, but Emma's story is captured so well - it made me feel as though I knew Emma and could imagine being in her presence. My favorite chapter is titled 'Sisters' and for so many reasons I personally connected to the relationship between Sarah and Emma.
In fact, as I was reading the book, my neice (who is 10 years old) asked about the book and wanted to know more about Emma and her story. She was so interested that when I put the book down to eat she picked it up and began reading! I hope to ask for her feedback as a young girl and reader and share her thoughts as well!
I fell in love with Emma and her friends and family from the first page of this lovely novel. This book will both warm and break your heart. It's a book full of the most honest kind of grief and the truest kind of love.
It is written in an approachable style, with easy to understand language, but it tackles some of life's most complex questions. It explores the afterlife in a fresh new way: as a world, not so different from this one, where we have to work to figure out our place, where we have to learn what the rules are- and sometimes when to break them.
I found myself thinking about Emma, her loved ones, and her new world in AFTER long after I had finished reading. I highly recommend this book.
I purchased this book at the recommendation of my friend. Since I trust this friend's recommendations, I knew it must be something special. She proved to be on target - again. Beautifully written, easy read, comforting, hopeful, poignant - bottom line, I loved it.
I have read "Tomorrow Comes" twice now and am so pleased to be able to write this review. It is a story that everyone who has ever experienced loss can relate to. If you have lost someone close to you, I believe this story will be comforting to you. You will find yourself hoping that they are happy and adjusting well to AFTER.
I love that this book moves back and forth between the emotional experiences of the family coping with the loss of a beloved daughter and sister and the adventure that is unfolding for Emma.
There are incredibly sad parts of the story but there is also humor throughout the book. If you know the story you think "how is there anything I can smile about?" and yet you do find yourself actually laughing at times.
This story is well written and engaging and I cannot wait for book two to find out what happens next to Emma and her family.
I enjoyed this book very much. Always hopeful and encouraged when reading about the possibility of an afterlife. Incredulous ability of the author to manage to compose this beautiful story on the flip side of a parents worst fear, losing a child.
Tomorrow Comes: An Emma Story inspires hope and helps to make sense of a family's sudden and inexplicable loss. This beautiful story is told from a variety of perspectives - mother, father, siblings and friends - making it impactful for anyone who has lost someone. However, what really sets this book apart from all the rest is that the story is also told from the perspective of Emma, a kind and bubbly girl who left this world far too soon. This perspective is a gift of comfort and hope that there is so much more life to live "after". Tomorrow Comes: An Emma Story is a must read for anyone who has lost someone they love.
As a mom of daughters, it was almost difficult to read. Knowing this family is living with this pain is my worst fear. However, it was beautifully written and gave me the courage to ponder so many issues around children and families that I will try not to take for granted. I do feel like I met Emma, and I so believe she's not really gone. I loved the ideas around Emma's soul life.
This book is wonderful for anyone who has lost someone. Donna Mebane really captured the essence of her daughter, Emma, beautifully. The book is unique because it describes the day Emma figures out she is no longer a part of our world. This story is sure to make you cry but is a must read for anyone who would like to imagine closure for themselves in a different way through Donna's story. The story is a play by play of what happens the days after her daughter suddenly dies in her sleep.
Tomorrow Comes is an engaging story about hope and coming together with those we love to create the future when it's impossible to believe there is any future at all. It reminds you of how many perspectives there are in both life (and in death) and how these various dimensions make up who we are. It encouraged me to think about things that I usually don't want to think about and imagine them in completely new ways. Expect to cry and then be strengthened by life's possibilities.
The reality of how the Mebane's lives all changed so fast, so suddenly and for no reason crystallises the value of life. It is such a sincerely written book that absolutely cannot fail to touch anyone that reads it. I felt like I had met and known each of the characters living and passed. How fabulous to think that the reader can know and love Emma even though she now resides in AFTER.