WHEN A LIFETIME OF LOVE IS NOT ENOUGH
Maureen Bower remembers the Fourth of July when she was fourteen: the day her father walked out of her life forever. She struggles with her fear of abandonment until Frank Russo enters her life. Together, they confront and overcome family prejudices, separation, war, and loss. Their life becomes rich and full until the unthinkable happens. Maureen’s fear of abandonment rises to the surface and consumes her. Friends, family and ministers are helpless to lift her from her depression.
SOMETIMES THE ONLY WAY TO HEAL A BROKEN HEART IS THROUGH A WOUNDED SOUL
Enter Doris Cantrell, the product of an abusive childhood, a troubled marriage and estrangement from her own daughter. She is loud, brash and bawdy, yet Maureen finds her fascinating. Neither the inconsolable widow nor the uncontrollable social misfit have the energy or the inclination to save anyone, but could their wounds be the key to supporting and even healing each other?
“The story's humanity touched me deeply as it constantly tugged at my heartstrings and walked me through some of my own bittersweet memories… Wounded Angels is a book that is sure to grip its readers and not let them go until well after they flip past the last page and finally lay down this masterpiece.”
Dan Blanchard - Bestselling and award-winning author,
speaker, educator, and TV host.
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Background of the Story
Wounded Angels was born out of the real-life stories of many people I have known who have lost their significant others. When the relationship was especially long and close, a common sentiment expressed by the survivor is that when their soul-mate died, their life's meaning died too. Sometimes, even long after their loss, these people believe that no one can, or should, take the place of their loved-one. When at last they recognize their desire for a new relationship, they sometimes feel physically, emotionally or socially incapable of entering into it. My hope is that Maureen's story will help readers to invest themselves fully into their own relationships while opening themselves up to the possibility of "love after loss".
Finding the correct way to write Wounded Angels has been a long journey. After four complete re-writes I finally found the way to tell the story as I needed to. The final iteration has Maureen sharing her own story from her own perspective in the first person.
The working title for the book started out as Strange Angels and then Injured Angels but neither seemed to fit. In November, 2016 I conducted a survey to ask help to pick the final title for the book and to confirm the kinds of readers it would most appeal to. From that feedback, I selected the current title, Wounded Angels. To thank those who participated in the survey, I drew five names from those who responded and sent them a signed and personalized copy of the first edition paperback.