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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 didn't answer. Instead I watched a rowdy game of catch two boys were playing with a shaggy mongrel dog. "Heinz fifty-seven," I repeated my father's Stone-Age joke and, to her silence, sighed and went on to explain. "One dog, fifty-seven breeds just like the sauce Heinz used to make."
"I know the reference. Just be careful, Katrina."
"You're not going to let this go."
"Oh, no. I know how you can be. You're like a bulldog with a mailman when you set your heart to something."
"That's letter carrier," I dodged.
Susan screwed up her face. "I hate that term. It sounds like some kind of disease." She threw her hands up. "Back away! I'm a letter carrier! You could catch a dreaded case of the 'Ks'!"
"Why not the 'As' or 'Bs' or 'Cs'"?"
"Oh, yes, I carry them too. But the 'Ks' are the most vicious by far."
"Why is that, dare I ask?" I sneaked a peek for Maryanne. I didn't see a hint of pink among the trees.
"Because the 'Ks' turn you green. Yep, from your hair down to your toes you turn a bilious yellow-green. It isn't pretty."
A border collie erupted from behind a sycamore, an unfortunate young woman in its tow. In high heeled sandals and jeans, her tee shirt cut almost in half so that it barely came down over her breasts, her hair was red and blue and yellow and purple and, yes, green.
"Don't let her near you," Susan giggled. "She's probably contagious. She has the first signs of 'P', 'B', 'Q', and 'K'!"
"And don't forget the 'Ws'," I laughed, too, but in relief that the woman had distracted Sue's attention.
The dog dragged the hapless woman through a stand of pussy willows, interrupting the boys' boisterous game of catch. It hauled her toward us, the wagging mongrel yapping at her heels.
Sue clapped her hand to her mouth. She punched her thigh and pinched her nose, but her guffaws exploded like a shaken soda. My laughter came at first in ripples and then, snorting shamelessly, I brought my friend to shrill and breathless giddiness. I laughed in surprise that I was able to laugh and at the joy that after years of merely smiling on occasion, I could let the tide of humor carry me. Eyes clamped shut, my stomach hurting, my whole face aching ruthlessly, I let my shrieks and tears of celebration flow.
The multicolored, half-teed woman, tangled up in two dogs and a leash, huffed at our rudeness, but we could not shut it down. Helpless on the waves of glee, we shushed each other, flailed our arms, poked each other in the ribs but could not stop. Toggled in the twisted leash, she hobbled over to our bench and slapped our faces. We were shocked out of our mirth.
"Are you okay?" She sat down. The mongrel, losing interest in her, returned to the two boys and the ball. The border collie sat and whined. We rubbed our faces and gasped. "I read somewhere that when a person gets too giddy like that and can't stop laughing or crying, you should slap them."
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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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