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on July 30, 2010 :
That April Sunrise by Rob Shelsky is an inspiring story of someone coming back to life after an interval in the dread underworld of prolonged grief. For the young, this is the normal course of events in most cases, but for older people, the outcome is seldom so certain, and this is how it is in That April Sunrise. Mr. Shelsky captures this fact, deftly handles the impact of such a major loss as that of a longtime spouse, the resulting state the widow, Jenny, finds herself in, and the consequences all this entails.
It is with delight, and yes, even some reverence we watch Jenny attempt to return to the land of the living. Set in a beautiful locale in Florida, one that abounds with natural wildlife, we follow Jenny as she struggles to come to terms with her grief, and attempts to cross back over to the land of the living. This, for me, was a particularly uplifting story of someone striving, of wanting to let go and give up, but also who wants to go on living. You can’t help but feel for Jenny as she goes through all this, cry with her at her loss, but applaud, and yes, even laugh a little as she goes through her journey!
That April Sunrise is an inspirational short story. It’s message is clear, that none of us survives great grief easily, but it taught me that when despair threatens, when grief is truly overwhelming, I have but to look around me to find reasons to go on living. A truly valuable lesson, a truly uplifting tale.
I recommend That April Sunrise by Rob Shelsky for those who have suffered, and for those who want to delight in someone that struggles to rise again, to go on living. I give That April Sunrise five stars. This story deserves every bit of that, and more.
(reviewed the day of purchase)