Book Review-Crossing the Horizon- Deanna Emberley Bailey | Miki's Hope

Book Review-Crossing the Horizon- Deanna Emberley Bailey

Saturday, May 16, 2015


This is one book I am struggling to find the right words to convey to you, my readers, how sad yet uplifting it is. Based on a mothers struggle to find some kind of healing after the death of her two sons she began to write this story. It is about the experiences the two boys have in the afterlife and their quest to make sure their parents are okay. The boys have to learn that they will always be connected to those they left behind. It takes many adventures and trips back to their home as ghosts. The ending of this book will bring a sad smile to your face but hope to your soul.

About the Book: (from Amazon)

Engulfed by a deadly house fire on Christmas morning, 12-year-old Solon and 10-year-old Liam Bailey succumb to the smoke and leave their bodies on Earth below. As their souls navigate a mysterious new realm, the boys yearn to return home — but discover any attempts to contact and comfort their heartbroken parents are dangerous. In their quest to reconnect with their former world and bring peace to their grieving parents, the brothers grapple with new rules of the afterlife. They learn to converse without speaking, manipulate objects using their minds and summon mythical dragons at will. Guided by the spirits they meet and their own intuition, the boys repeatedly risk the safety of their fascinating afterlife, returning to earth until eventually they grasp the enormous strength of their bond to family and friends. Based on the author’s own loss of her two sons, this story demonstrates love’s unstoppable ability to connect us forever to those we cherish. This is at once a poignant and ultimately uplifting tale of love reaching beyond the boundaries of life and death to a lasting relationship — one that crosses the horizon.

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About the Author: (from the author's website)


I began writing my sons’ afterlife journey as a healing exercise four months after they died. As I struggled to cope with my traumatic memories and grief, I found that writing about the boys in their afterlife, imagining them trying to comfort Chris and me, helped me feel closer to them and deal constructively with the emotions I was experiencing. My first few pages grew into an outpouring of sadness, love, yearning and belief as I kept writing daily for seven months. As it turns out, vividly imagining my sons’ quest to stay connected to Chris and me through our grief helped me survive their sudden deaths and find hope once again. I trust that sharing my story can help others who are grieving the loss of a loved one.

Chris and I live in Vermont. Solon and Liam are always alive in our minds.


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20 comments :

A TRAVELOGUE by Brock and Tanj said...

I have watched If Only... and this is somewhat similar. I wanted to read If Only and perhaps I should read this too. Thanks for the recommendation!

Joanne T Ferguson said...

What a great book review and will check it out further! I am always looking for that next interesting read!

Ronnie E. said...

Wow - a tale from the other side of the 'poltergeist' (albeit nice ones with good intentions). Sounds like a fascinating plot and I'm curious how dragons are connected!

tiarastantrums said...

I don't know if I could read that. I'm not too keen on super sad books - especially about the death of children.

Jennifer Williams said...

I could not imagine the pain of losing a child. It would be wonderful if we could communicate with our lost loved ones. I would love to read this book, might have to share with a neighbor - they have lost a child and maybe it could help them.

Fiona said...

This book sounds so poignant and sad yet so comforting at the same time. It's something I'd like to read.

Jenn Mitchell said...

Wow, this sounds like a really powerful story. A similar thing happened to 2 girls in my area I'll have to check out this book. Thanks!

Lesley said...

I don't think I will be reading this one. I cant handle sad stuff.

Esther of Local Adventurer said...

sounds like a great story of hope. i'm not a mother, so i probably don't have the best grasp on what it's like to lose children, but it's probably the most heartbreaking thing that could happen in your life.

Alanna Wong said...

Wow! What a story! I don't think I'd be able to read it as I'd be in tears and pages would be wet. :( Your review is really great! I wish this author much success!

Ourfamilyworld said...

This looks like a great read for me. I love after life stories and reading about them. I could not imagine the pain of losing a child though.

Vidya Sudarsan said...

Sounds like a gripping story.. Wish I had more time to read!

Jennifer Juro said...

This sounds like an amazing book to read! I have been looking for new books to read lately!

Holly @ Woman Tribune said...

This definitely sounds like a tough book, but I like that about it. Like you, I can definitely see how hope can come from tragedy. It isn't easy, but life hardly ever is. This sounds like a really intriguing book!

Frugal and Fun Mom said...

I could see why it would be tough to convey words about this. A mother's struggle after the death of her two sons would be gut wrenching for me.

Mhie Lee said...

This kinda my book to read. Being a mom, I can't imagine the struggle that a mom has to overcome.

Kae James said...

I am an avid reader. I was captivated after your review and the excerpt. Adding this book to my reading list. Thank you very much for the review. Can't wait!

Rebecca Swenor said...

This sounds like such an amazing story indeed and such a heart felt one. I will have to check this out for sure. Thanks for shairng.

Marts said...

Based on your review, this book promises tears. It is interesting to read books about a mother's love and family relationships.

Mama to 5 said...

Definitely sounds like a very interesting read. Interesting to hear the author's thoughts about life after death.

 
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