Friday, June 6, 2014

The Milestone Tapes

The only thing Jenna Chamberland ever wanted in her life was to be a good wife and a good mom. In death, she’ll find that she still wants the same things.

With stage-four breast cancer, a terminal diagnosis and six months to live, Jenna fears what awaits her family after she is gone: Her husband, Gabe, will be left to raise their daughter alone, and Mia, only seven years old, will be forced to face a world without her mother.

Ten blank tapes to teach her daughter everything she’ll ever need to know. Dead before Mia ever really got to know her, Jenna exists now only in pictures and water colored memories, and Mia finds herself struggling to remember her mother in a way that feels real. But on the ninth anniversary of Jenna’s death, she will return to her daughter through a series of audio cassettes. One tape each of the milestones of Mia’s life, and with them, a letter explaining that Mia should only listen to the tapes when the time is right.

With the help of her mother’s long-gone voice, Mia may just learn how to embrace the challenges and triumphs of her ever-changing life with humor, grace and a lot of hope.

~My Impressions~
This is such a great love story  with a beautiful bond between a mother and a daughter. Heartwarming and inviting all the way through.Although before I ever picked the book up to read what was inside i was immediately drawn to the cover. Its romantic, poetic and enticing. It makes you want to pick the book up and peek inside. 

What really took away from this book for me though were all the typos and missing words. For example, "she put on hand on her hid" and "you need nothing wrong. There were plenty more, but I do not want to beat a dead horse here.Since I did read a kindle version of this book, hopefully these are things that will be dealt with that other readers wont even notice now. 

The story overall was really good.It is defiantly not what I would calla "light read". It is emotional, very touching, sentimental and poetic, pulling at your heart strings the whole way.  I would have appreciated an ending that was not so abrupt though, especially since I do not think there is a follow up book in the works. I would have enjoyed reading some more about Mia's life after her first love and her broke up. I felt that story did not get enough attention.


Ashley will be awarding The Book Bag, a Glass Fishing Float, a Keychain, Cassette Tape Note Cards, Mug, Paperback & a digital copy of The Milestone Tapes (US only) to one randomly drawn commenter during the tour, and a signed copy of The Milestone Tapes to a randomly drawn host.(US ONLY). You can enter by following the following link a Rafflecopter giveaway

~About the Author~

Ashley Mackler-Paternostro lives in Naperville, Illinois with her husband Mark and their three wild dogs. She considers herself a bit of magpie, picking up inspiration for her novels from the world around her. Her novels include The Milestone Tapes, In The After and a short story featured in the collection Holiday Wishes.

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