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Trina had everything: an adoring husband, a wonderful daughter, a thriving business, an affluent lifestyle. And then she lost it all. Find our what she learned on the journey to discovering hope.
Excerpt from Discovering Hope
I got the scissors and clipped away the binding. Unwilling to wait, she tore the paper clean away, leaving ragged scraps and twine heaped on the floor. Then she stepped back and gazed at it, her hand floating to her mouth, tears trembling at the rims of her eyes. She gasped and sighed. "Oh, God, Katrina." She reached out to touch the snake then, like a house cat testing snow, yanked her hand back. She stretched her arm out again but let it hang in empty air. "I simply love this," she whispered as if she were in prayer. "Trina, she's caught something here. I don't quite know what it is. But it's magnetic. It wants to suck me in."
"I know. I have the same reaction. I don't know what she's captured either. But I feel I have to somehow learn its secrets." Leaning the portrait against Sue's green recliner, I stepped to stand next to her and join her staring. Each lost inside the portrait's colors--in the mystery of its curves, in the depths of its inscrutable shadows, we journeyed together and yet totally alone, each searching for the gift of ancient wisdom.
The air, as sluggish and as heavy woman in her eighth month, breathed a welcome in a tongue I did not know. And yet I understood the words. The sun-warmed moss caressed my feet, and the alien blossoms were old friends. I knew each trail, each tree, each rock, each spider web, each butterfly. It was all mine, though I had not seen it before. I had to kneel and press my nose down to the musty-smelling earth. I wept the tears of bliss and longing, sang a chant of gratitude. And then Sue eased me to the floor, bringing me back.
"You were swaying so broadly and singing gibberish. I was afraid you might be having a stroke." Sitting down next to me, her slim dress hiked above her knees, she stroked my hair. "Are you okay? You need some water?"
"Oh, no, I'm fine. I had a dream and yet it felt so very real. I even smelled the earth and knew it had just rained."
"That was no dream. It was a passage to a different time and place."
"And yet I knew it. It was home. Oh, Sue, I fell in love again, not with a man but with a place. Can I go back?"
"I wouldn't yet." She shook her head. "Absorb whatever you've learned. But stay grounded. You live here. You live right now. I don't like visiting past lives."
"That's what I did? That's what I did!" The thought was strange yet it felt true. "Can I go back?" I asked again.
She took my hand, but her eyes strayed. She had seen something that disturbed her. "We need to learn from this life's lessons. We can't romanticize the past. You get too wrapped up in past lives and you forget to learn from this one. And then you have to come back and pick up where you left off." She had returned. She searched my face. "Hon, you could die from going back. I've seen it happen. Just stay with me for a while." She squeezed my hand. "Your death in that life wasn't pretty, Katrina. You go back there, live that again, and the ordeal could drop you cold. Just please be careful. Promise me?"
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Of Discovering Hope, Ava Gayl MacKinnon writes on facebook:
This was a fantastic book. It dealt with such a range of emotions, life situations, and the lesson that if you never give up, your dreams can come true. Never lose HOPE.
A very encouraging storyline Vila!
— C Lynecia Berry Wright-Harris
Vila Spiderhawk has knocked me to my knees, shredded my insides, then lovingly put me back together again. What do you do when you have lost everything you care about? Sometimes you keep trying, and just keep getting flattened all over again. Life can deal such harsh and ceaseless blows that you are ready to give up. But if, like Trina, you are lucky enough to have even one friend who will be there for you in the darkest times, you might be able to find your inner strength and rediscover hope. This story is about doing just that. Beautifully written!
— By Jane Firebaugh
Of Discovering Hope, Susan Benning writes on facebook:
I didn't sleep at all last night, and it's all your fault, Vila! I was reading Discovering Hope and just could not stop until I had read just one more chapter. And then another. And then another. I finished the book last night! Outstanding! I want a sequel!
Thank you, Susan!
Julie writes on facebook:
Julie Dorsey Rausch Exciting book.. Love the story with Debra and Jack.. The crash brought back the whole life..
Won't say much more because I want others to read.. If they haven't read your books, they are being left behind..
I will leave my comments for you at Kindle store where I buy your books.
Lisa Berry writes on facebook:
Just finished reading Discovering Hope! Loved it!!!!!!! Could hardly put it down!
This is an awesome story and I have reread it several times. It is a keeper and I have it safely tucked away.
— Loreen Silvarahawk
Helen M. Collins commented on facebook: Discovering Hope will catch you and hold you till you're done, and left wanting more. It is a story of contemporary events that still hold us in their thrall.
Deb Shaw writes on Facebook:
Please believe me when I tell you that Discovering Hope is one of the best novels I have ever read.
On Facebook Tammy Ebner writes:
Just finished Discovering Hope!!! It was inspiring Thank you for a wonderful story
Listed on Barnes: " Anonymous Posted December 25, 2012
Beautiful story of hope and moving forward...
Vila Spiderhawk has once again completely captivated me with her story telling in this wonderful story of a mother and wife who learns her own strength and worth when her life is turned completely around several times in Discovering Hope.
Arianrhod Wolfchild says, "I love Discovering Hope!!!"
Katy Shelton agrees: "So do I. It is a wonderful book."
Helen wrote: "OMG if you get a half a minute or less and have the 99 cents you've gotta pick up Discovering Hope. It held me, gripped me, all the way through. This is a contemporary story that will just grab you and not let you go. Be prepared to be moved to the depths of your soul!""
Oh my stars and bars!!! I have read the first 3 chapters of Discovering Hope and Vila SpiderHawk has definitely surpassed all expectations. I have read and reread her books and this book is another sure-fire keeper! Tomorrow I will read another 3 chapters. The first 3 chapters took my breath away. I was suddenly set back in time to 9/11. I remember it far too well. Vila you have surely outdone yourself this time - this story is stupendous!!!
— Loreen Silvarahawk
Oh my stars and bars!!! I just finished Vila Spiderhawk's book entitled Discovering Hope. I fairly "gobbled up" the last few chapters because I wanted to know what was happening next. Vila has written a book that many will empathasize with. It is a story about a woman whose Husband dies in the towers on 9/11. Her Daughter helps at the site and comes down with COPD. In the ensuing days, she too crosses over. All of this is enough to make anyone want to quit living. However, Katrina is helped by Sue to go on with life. All things considered - this is an AWESOME story that should be read by all especially by those who have lost hope.
— Loreen Silvarahawk
While reading this wonderful book, I felt every single emotion possible. It taught me to always trust, in myself and in others. Vila,this is exceptional as I knew it would be. .As Peggy stated in her review, I too would love a sequel! In the meantime, I will read and thoroughly enjoy your other books! Thank you my friend. Everything you say and do is right from the heart. You have touched mine numerous times...
— Ronnie Kilroy
Vilas books always keep my interest..Sometimes I read them over and over..I will be buying whatever she publishes. She is great and so are her books
— Kristina Armstrong
This book is all about hope. I feel very inspired to start working on my dreams. This book shows that now matter what with strength and hope anything can be achieved.
"Good Morning Vila. I hope you don't mind but I added your new book Discovering Hope to Goodreads.com. I track my reading progress there and talk about how good the book is. I am reading it now and I'm enjoying it immensely. It's such a wonderful story. Of course I've always enjoyed your writing.
— Marie Mitchell
"This book made me cry, but it is wonderful, a good read, and has such a beautiful ending."
— Deb Shaw
This was a very thoughtful and loving book, You will love it!
— Peggy Jay Hicks
Discovering Hope is one of the best reads you will find! :) By Vila SpiderHawk:)
— Judith Reed
Discovering Hope is a book I could not put down. A MUST read for lovers of contemporary fiction with a real life twist. Be prepared to be changed.
— Helen M. Collins
When I first started reading "Discovering Hope", I threw my Kindle on the table, and furiously wrote to Vila, telling her just how much I hated her for writing this book, because it made me cry. Vila writes such beautiful imagery, and takes the reader on a journey from abject poverty, through the stages of grief, to a lovely and peaceful conclusion. This novel perfectly illustrates how each experience we have builds on the last to create a more mature mind and body. Thank you, Vila, for writing this. I'm looking forward to the next one
— Deb Shaw
Discovering Hope is an extraordinary book! I didn't think Vila SpiderHawk could do any better than her "Forest Song Series" which I couldn't put down. But boy was I ever wrong. Discovering Hope had me glued to the pages from page one to the very end! I loved this book! I cried for Trina when she couldn't over her husbands passing. I thought my heart would break over all her devastating losses over the next ten years and the fact that nothing seemed to help. I cheered when things started to turn around for her. There is always a way, especially with help from your friends. Sue was a great friend and Trina started making more. The insights she learned from herself and the people she met made a big difference in her life. I even learned things about myself from reading this book. This is a must read book. I recommend it to anyone going through a difficult time or just anyone wanting to read a good book.
And the book offers a wonderful bonus story too! What an unexpected treat! It too, was an uplifting tale, as Vila's stories tend to be.
I am so very grateful to have had the opportunity and pleasure to read this! I hope it's the first of a series!
— Dee Melton
My heart broke when I read the story of Trina's losses. But when she triumphed in the end, I wanted to cheer! Thank you for this uplifting book, Vila! I just love it!
— Sandy Kirschner
My God I love this book! I think it's your best yet! Any chance this is the first of a series?
— Cathy Marchone
Like Vila Spiderhawks's previous books, one will find that Discovering Hope is another awesome book that HAS to be read. It is a story of the hope and convictions of a strong woman who will triumph in the end.
— Loreen Silvarahwk
Vila, please tell me that this is the first of a new series! I want to spend more time with Trina! I just love her! What a book! I think it's your best so far! Thank you so much for writing it!
— Jennifer Hastings
I agree with you, Gina. And Vila, I just finished "Discovering Hope" and it is, without a doubt, your best work so far! It is spell-binding and so poignant....I didn't want it to end. Will there be a sequel?
— Karen Miller
Of all the books Vila has written this one hits home the most. Loss, grief, finding yourself again. And of course having a best friend to pull you through it all. A down to earth story of HOPE and a remembrance of a time that effected every American. Wonderful story written by a person who understand the human equation in every facet of our lives. Bravo Vila, can't wait for a new one to read.
If I could I'd rate this one 10 stars! A story I will remember always. How bout a sequel?
— Peggy Hicks
This book is one you'll immediately immerse yourself in and regret having to put down until the final page. This is unlike any of the other Vila SpiderHawk books I've read, but in my opinion, is her best work! I highly recommend it!
Vila's books and short stories are always very good and heart-felt. The stories are detailed. They keep you interested and wanting to read more.
— MJ Graphics
Discovering Hope gallops. It is the most compelling, gripping of SpiderHawk's works yet. She has tapped into a devastating national experience and personalized it through deeply layered characters that are so real you will think you were just talking to one of them a couple of days ago and you're trying to remember exactly how they said something! The story takes place over a span of ten years of deeper drama and human connection than I've seen yet--and I read A LOT of books! Even if you've never read one of Vila's books before, read this one! Now! You will be so
touched, and so glad you did.
Helen M. Collins, MSW
Founder, Editor, Publisher
Folk Music Ministry Magazine
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