By: Patricia Yager Delagrange
Releasing May 20, 2016
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After the tragic loss of her husband, Annie and her young son search for a new life full of meaning and hope. Fate nudges Annie into the arms of a man whose wife disappeared with his child years ago.
Annie’s life spins out of control when first the pregnant teenager she hires to help her with her garden asks Annie to adopt her baby and shortly afterwards the long-lost wife of the man Annie loves reappears.
A cream-colored blanket covered him from the waist down, a white sheet folded over at the edge. Gauze shielded the top part of his head and a black accordion tube snaked out of his mouth. Machines surrounded his bed, blinking and beeping, the rhythm oddly calming.
He was alive.
Annie laced her fingers with his and squeezed, willing her energy to pass through him, as if her touch could keep him more alive than the contraptions. She leaned over the side of the bed, kissed his cheek, inhaling the sickeningly sweet scent of Betadine.
Suddenly the beeps burst to life, louder, more insistent and irritating. A thin blue line, straight and flat, slid across the black screen on the monitor above his bed.
Firm hands grasped Annie’s shoulders and pulled her away from his bedside.
“What are you doing? Stop! What’s happening?”
A nurse tugged on Annie’s arm and led her through the doorway. “Mrs. Davidson. You have to leave the room. Now.”
Annie glanced back at Cam before passing the room’s threshold, shuffled backward into the hallway and banged against the wall. Doctors and nurses raced from all directions and funneled to Cam’s bedside.
She stared at the closed door to Cameron’s room, her eyes burning. “Please, God, save him. I need him. Rafe needs him. Don’t let him die.” No matter how busy God was, helping other people in the world, perhaps Annie’s personal plea would reach Him.
She envisioned a happy scenario. Cam was going to pull through. She knew it.
The door swung open. Dr. Tsao walked out slowly, eyes and head angled down until she reached the middle of the wide hallway. Annie pushed away from the wall. Their eyes met.
The doctor didn’t have to say a word. The downward twist of her lips, the flat glaze of her eyes. Annie knew Dr. Tsao wouldn’t be uttering the words she hoped to hear.
CAT'S REVIEW"Passing Through Brandis" by Patricia Yager Delagrange. This story is a heartwarming tale that shows how love can help heal two people that are hurting and feel lost. My heart broke for Annie from the very start - I was sitting bawling during the beginning of this story. While that was the only time I found myself in actual tears, throughout there are many moments that my heart jumped for joy for Annie and Prescott, and other times it hurt and ached for them. I enjoyed getting to know both these characters - Annie, despite suffering tragedy, is working toward moving on and growing. I liked that she wasn't so caught up in her past that she let it hold her back. She recognized her grief, lived through it, but understood that she wanted to be happy again and living in her past would not do it, even thought it would not be easy to move on. Prescott too - his story was heartbreaking as well but he was taking the bull by the horns to do what he needed to to move on. Together I thought they were very sweet and complemented each other perfectly. Throughout the story, there is a lot going on and I felt things were rushed a bit to resolve each aspect and move on to the next. Overall, I enjoyed the story - it's a loving tale that has tears, laughter, family and unconditional love. (received copy for honest review)
Born and raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Patricia attended St. Mary’s College, studied her junior year at the University of Madrid, received a B.A. in Spanish at UC Santa Barbara then went on to get a Master’s degree in Education at Oregon State University. She lives with her husband and two teenage children in Alameda, across the bay from San Francisco, along with two very large chocolate labs, Annabella and Jack. Her Friesian horse Maximus lives in the Oakland hills in a stall with a million dollar view
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