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The Resilience of the Human Spirit Is Captured in This Emotional Debut Novel by Maryanne Pope

A_Widows_Awakening_M_Pope_FCMaryanne Pope’s powerful debut novel, A Widow’s Awakening, is an engaging, heart-wrenching, and at times humorous novel centering around a fierce young woman’s struggle to find peace with one of the most difficult losses imaginable.

This fictionalized account is based on the author’s own experience of how she came to terms with the death of her police officer husband who died on duty, and is an honest look inside the first year of a widow’s sorrow.

“This is my journey through the first year of grief so it covers all the stages we’re familiar with: sorrow, anger, confusion, denial, guilt, and regret. But it’s always brutally honest, and I think that is its greatest strength,” says author Maryanne Pope. “This experience can leave one feeling as if they are alone, or even crazy. It’s my hope to help others know regardless of what they may experience, they aren’t alone.”

Capturing the immense difficulty of learning how to accept the unacceptable while transforming loss into positive change, A Widow’s Awakening is a testament to the resilience of the human spirit.

Advance praise for A Widow’s Awakening

“The experience of reading this book is nothing less than a journey. One woman’s journey from the death of her husband, through the search for some meaning, and finally to a level of acceptance. I really enjoyed this book and could relate to her struggle.” — LibraryThing Early Reviewers

“…a hauntingly beautiful story of enduring love, overwhelming heartache and discovering resiliency…a must-read for anyone who has lost someone they loved and struggled to find their way in the aftermath of tragedy.” — Sharon Ehlers, author of Grief Reiki

“As a safety professional and a Threads of Life volunteer, I recommend reading A Widow’s Awakening. It provides a vivid, heartbreaking reality of the consequences of an unsafe workplace and the personal costs of a workplace fatality. It brings home the message that we must ensure our workplaces are safe, not only for the workers, managers and public on a daily basis but also the Emergency First Responders who may be called there to help. One life lost is one too many.” — Laura Synard

A Widow’s Awakening expresses the gripping pain of losing someone you love, tragically and unexpectedly.” — Robin Chodak, Grief Coach and author of Be Gentle with Me, I’m Grieving and Moving to Excellence, A Pathway to Transformation after Grief

A Widow’s Awakening is published by BHC Press and is available in trade softcover (978‐1‐946848‐99‐4, 396 pages, $15.95) and ebook (978-1-947727-66-3, $7.99) at all major booksellers, including Barnes & Noble.

About the Author: Maryanne Pope enjoys writing in all forms, including blogs and screenplays. Her current projects include the play Saviour, and the screenplay God’s Country. Maryanne was the executive producer of the documentary Whatever Floats Your Boat…Perspectives on Motherhood. She is the founder and CEO of Pink Gazelle Productions Inc. and Chair of the John Petropoulos Memorial Fund. A Widow’s Awakening is her first novel. Maryanne lives on Vancouver Island, British Columbia.

About BHC Press: BHC Press is an award-winning independent publisher of general fiction and nonfiction hardcover, softcover, and ebooks for both YA and adults. To learn more about Maryanne Pope and BHC Press, visit the publisher’s website.

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