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- Print Length: 327 pages
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- Publisher: Fresh Ink Group (July 24, 2019)
- Publication Date: July 24, 2019
- Sold by: Amazon.com Services LLC
- Language: English
- ASIN: B07V6VNJVW
- Text-to-Speech: Enabled
- Word Wise: Enabled
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- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #770,748 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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"Life-affirming! So touching and down to earth... It has changed my way of viewing life forever! Beautifully written, deeply touching, spiritually blessed through God!" Grant Leischman, Author
"Excellent read. Tragic story of a woman and the abuse she suffered growing up and later in marriage. This
book shows the struggles she faced while in an abusive marriage, losing two children, and one child's battle
with cancer. She tells of hospital life while sitting by her son's bed and having to be 230 miles away from
her other child. And how she finds true love and a man to love, cherish, help her through, and spend the rest
of her life with. Janese Base, RN, BSN
"When Angels Fly" covers a very difficult and painful subject, but being written in diary form made it an easier process for me to read. This memoir shows not only the tragedy of a sick child, but abuse. I read the words of an amazingly strong woman who advocates for her children. Some parts of the book, I couldn't believe what I was
reading, but Sarah had a support system in place in the middle of that chaos. I learned a lot about hospital procedures, tests, and being a patient advocate. I felt every emotion reading this. My heart went out to the authors, but I was inspired by Sarah's strength, and above all love. This is a book for those going through difficult times,
but it is also for those who aren't-- so they can understand." D.L. Finn, Author
"This is a powerful and moving story! I laughed a few times, got angry more than once, cringed a lot, and my eyes
got sweaty quite a few times." Mark Schultz, Word Refiner
"This was a heart-wrenching story! The protagonist suffered abuse first, from her mother - a mother from hell, and then her husband, who was a maniac, a sociopath, a psychopath and any other "path" I could find to throw at him! Life threw Sarah an ugly curve with the scourge of cancer that ravaged her son Eli for several months. I wanted to know what happened with Eli, and how things ended between Sarah and Henry. I also wanted to know what happened to her mother. I was glued to the story until the end." Joy Nwosu Lo-Bamijoko, Author
"I admired Sarah's love and devotion to her children and her loving heart comes through. How she managed to cope with the mother's ongoing abuse through her son's illness is beyond belief." Julie Watson, Author
"A book to touch the very core of your soul, 'When Angels Fly' will require plenty of tissues."
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"For me, this book encapsulates the human spirit. Everyone should read it! When Angels Fly does exactly what it sets out to do I believe - it reminds us that "There but for the grace of God, go I."
"I just couldn't put it down... I kept anticipating the next pages!"
"This story is one of hope and triumph, not defeat!"
"So touching and down to earth... It has changed my way of viewing life forever! Beautifully written, deeply touching, spiritually blessed through God!"
"Gripping... This is a must-read for those who enjoy following a personal, passionate and ultimately uplifting journey."
"It takes a certain amount of strength to live the sort of life Jackson has and not only overcome that life, but write it
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I could not put the story down until the author chose to use two chapters of the book to talk about cancer and its treatment. Something that could have been left out of the story, as the story already contained all those facts. This excess information slowed down the reading for me. I just wanted to know what happened with Eli, and how things ended between Sally and Henry. I also wanted to know what happened to her mother.
Apart from this diversion, I returned and was glued to the story until the end. The evil that men do always return to haunt them. At one point, Matt, Sally’s friend disappeared from the story, but I’m happy about how things finally turned out between them. In the whole, this was a great read, but a story which I hope the author will continue to return to and tweak by removing all the unnecessary parts, and tightening the editing until it is perfect.
Sarah is wracked with every possible adverse event a mother could face. She grew up with the mother from “hell,” a woman who dragged her around the house by her hair. To get away, she married a man who was an alcoholic and a wife beater, mentally and physically. Sarah finally found the happiness she sought in the baby, Joshua, who passed away early on. Then came two other healthy boys, Noah and Eli. Things were looking up for Sarah. Until the unthinkable happened. Eli came down with Cancer, a rare and aggressive form that zapped the life out of him.
This is the story of Sarah’s struggle to care for and keep Eli alive with the help of some superb medical professionals and despite some inept and incompetent doctors and nurses. To add fuel to this fire, mother Ethel and husband Henry do their best to sabotage everything Sarah tries to do for her son.
There are the court hearings, the constant verbal abuse, recording conversations, and stealing Sarah’s documentaries about her son’s care. The divorce that takes way-to-long to finalize.
But, along with that, there are the good times. The moments when Eli sets up squirt water game at the medical professionals with a needleless syringe---and other games that make Eli and his mother laugh. There’s Eli’s little red tricycle that he races down he hallways. There’s Matt, a true and increasingly deep friend who surrounds Sarah with love, something she’s needed for a long time.
“What ever was attacking his thin little body was simply eating up all the platelets as soon as they were transfused.” Sarah
“Just when I thought I couldn’t cry anymore, out poured more tears. I cried silently around Eli as my heart broke into a million pieces.” Sarah.
“When Angels Fly” is a cross between memoir and journal. I can’t imagine the story being written any other way.
There are some problems: Misspellings, typos, formatting issues and other technicalities, but after I noticed them, I barely saw them anymore. The book engrossed me so that I fell into the lives and surroundings of Sarah, Eli, Noah, Ardy, Matt---Henry, Ethel and Gavin and all the medical staff. They were a fascinating study of humanity (and non-humanity.)
I gave this story five stars. It was well-worth the read and embraced my entire emotional center.
Patricia A. Guthrie
Top international reviews
Having an abusive mother who dragged her around by her hair and force-fed her was already bad enough, without then ending up with an abusive husband and losing her first child at birth. And still Mary’s life got worse.
The focus of this memoir is on the ordeal of a mother caring for a terminally sick child and at the same time coping with the ongoing abuse from both her mother and husband, who seemed to have a close relationship of their own and conspired to make her life even more difficult than it already was, regardless of the fact that they were also causing a very sick child added misery.
In retrospect, knowing what she knows now, would Mary have agreed to the treatment Eli endured? I think that any mother would do everything she could to try to save the life of her child.
Much of this memoir is taken from Mary’s diary entries over the months of her little boy's illness, and it describes in detail their joint battle for his life. As harrowing as it is, it is related in a matter-of-fact manner, and what stands out most is the bravery of Eli and his brother in the face of all their difficulties, and Mary’s stoic refusal to be destroyed by the events at that time in her life.
An excellent read showing what the human spirit can endure and survive.