Annette Opens the Door

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This book is the true story of my tearful and soulful journey, learning to deal with and accept the illness and death of my ten year old daughter. How she contacted me through a medium in England many years later. More
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About Sonia Brakowski

Few losses are as painful to a parent than the loss of young child. Sonia Brakowski, a longtime Hazlet resident now retired and living with her husband in Delaware, endured that loss in 1975 when her beloved ten-year-old daughter Annette died of brain cancer. She recalls in 2007, she met a medium in her native England, who connected her to Annette.

“My daughter sent me her messages 32 years after her death. I didn't fully believe in being able to connect with people who had crossed over or in reincarnation, but as I shared in my book, I was blessed to be taught by the spirit of a ten-year-old child, the truth about what happens when we die and that death is not the end.”


Review by: JW28 on April 11, 2014 :
What a load of fortune telling, history re-writing rubbish!
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Review by: Meredith Twyman on Aug. 27, 2013 : (no rating)
I loved this book, the writer brings out every emotion, it touched me in ways that is hard to put into words.

I very seldom reread a book, I have read it twice and probably in years to come will read it again. It spoke to me and inspired me. Share this book, it will open doors for you as well.
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Review by: Sonia Brakowski on Aug. 23, 2013 :
Beth Iannuzi Great book!!!
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Review by: Janine DeVito on Aug. 03, 2013 :
This book brought tears to my eyes...many times!!! Hearing Sonia share her incredibly inspiring story has helped me feel closer to the loved ones I have lost. It has helped to reiterate my belief that our loved ones are watching over us and that one day we will all be together again.

Thank you, Sonia, for sharing such an intimate journey with us. And thank you, Annette, for helping your mom discover this incredible gift within her and opening her eyes to this incredibly unique way of sharing it with the world. God Bless you both!
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Review by: Steve Taylor on Aug. 01, 2013 : (no rating)
I received an email, telling me about this book. I'll be honest, I haven't read a book in a long time, and was a little skeptical about the subject matter. WOW, was I wrong. I found Annette Opens the Door, to be inspirational, uplifting, intriguing, riveting, and just all around amazing. The first time I downloaded the book, I sat there for two and half hours glued to my computer, reading and hanging on every word. I stop because I needed to go to bed, because I had to work the next day. All day at work, I kept thinking, I can't wait to get home to finish reading it. It opened my mind and heart to the many things. I loved the book and can't wait for the follow up.
Thanks for taking the time to tell Annette's and your story. Hopefully it will give hope and inspiration to others.
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Review by: Ellen Hansen on July 25, 2013 :
A family’s sorrow at the death of bright, loving ten year old Annette is at last transformed to joy when thirty seven years later she returns in spirit. The moving story is told by Annette’s mother, Sonia Brakowski. Annette has indeed opened the door to communication between the two sides of life.
I recommend this book for all who believe, or hope, or even wonder about this possibility.
Ellen Rupel Hansen,PAWA member.
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Review by: Steph Anne on July 15, 2013 :
I found Annette Opens the Door to be a touching tribute from a mother to her deceased daughter. The most impactful sections, for me, were the ones dealing with the more personal aspects. Annette's illness, treatments and their family. I have a rather openly skeptical mind so though the sections dealing with reincarnation, life after death, and the abilitys some have for communicating with those who have passed on were not exactly "new" information, it was lovely to see how it has impacted the authors life and brought her and others in her circle healing, joy, inspiration and closure. At no point did I feel as if this book was written to sway others opinions or "sell" them on psychic phenomena, which was refreshing. It was presented more in a factual way as to--this has been the authors personal experience, why she feels it to be truth and how it has impacted her life and I'm glad I read it.
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Review by: Kim Moder on June 01, 2013 :
This book was truly inspirational and restores my faith in life beyond this earthy state. Thank you Sonia for sharing your most intimate story.
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Review by: rose estephan on May 31, 2013 :
Anette Opens the Door is a touching account of loss and the unimaginable pain of losing a child. However, and more importantly it is a story of family, love, faith and hope. Thank you for opening your heart so others can begin to understand and learn about your journey.
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Review by: tami bellwood on May 30, 2013 :
I could not put this book down once I started reading. It is a beautifully written moving account of a mother's loss. What an inspiration to those of us that has lost a loved one. It certainly has given me hope that death is not the end. Thank you so much for sharing your beautiful story.
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Review by: mary davis on May 30, 2013 :
Annette opens the door is the well written account of the illness and subsequent death of Ed and Sonia Brakowski's 10 year old daughter Annette, as told by her mother Sonia. The book details the trauma that their family experienced in dealing with her cancer diagnosis and treatment and the loss that they felt for over 30 years. When a Medium tells Sonia that Annette wants her mother to tell everyone her story, Sonia begins the journey to write the book.

This is a beautiful story that gives us hope that our loved ones are near to us even after death and that death is not the end. Even if you do not believe that this is possible, you cannot help but be inspired by this beautiful story.
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Review by: LatteLady on May 30, 2013 : (no rating)
I don't know how LatteLady came up as my name for my review. It is the first time I have done a review. So just so you know my name is Lynne Johnson.
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Review by: LatteLady on May 30, 2013 :
Annette Opens The Door is an inspirational book about a beautiful young girl and her struggle against cancer with the help of her devoted Mother and Father. I highly recommend this book to everyone as it will bring comfort, hope and inspiration to those who read it. It is wonderful how Annette found a way to reach her family from the "other side". Annette is still opening doors, and after reading this book she opened a wonderful door for me. Thank you Sonia for sharing yours and Annette's story.
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Review by: Meryl Rockefeller on May 28, 2013 :
The death of a loved one represents a terrible loss, and since most of us are not blessed with (or have lost) the ability to see beyond the veil into the next life, it is often a struggle not only to believe that our loved ones are safe and happy, but also to know that they are still with us in a very real way. Sonia Brakowski’s daughter Annettte shares her reassuring and comforting message with her family, and now, through this book, it is shared with the lucky readers whose path brings them to it. This is a true account written by a loving and devoted mother who found the courage to open herself to the possibility of communication with her late daughter -- and who mustered the strength to relive and reexamine her experiences in order to craft this uplifting and amazing story. Sonia Brakowski’s book is aptly titled: Annette’s story opens the door to a view of an existence that extends beyond physical boundaries, while Sonia’s account opens a door in the reader’s mind to the possibilities of continuing connections with our loved ones. No matter what beliefs one holds, this is an inspired story readers will want to experience.
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Review by: Jackie Tietyen, Jr on May 28, 2013 : (no rating)
Sonia is my cousin but we haven't seen each other for probably 40+ years, but when I heard that her daughter had cancer my heart went out to her and her family. It must be wonderful to have had her daughter reach out this way. I hope you continue to communicate with her and you continue to feel the peace in knowing she is happy! God Bless!!
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Review by: mindy romani on May 27, 2013 :
This was a very touching and emotional book. Having children of my own I cant imagine what it was like for her. I thank God for having healthy children everyday. My heart goes out to her.
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Review by: mindy romani on May 27, 2013 : (no rating)
This was a very emotional and touching story. Everyone should read it.
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Review by: Patty Daly on May 26, 2013 :
Annette and I were the same age. I didn't know her, she passed just before I became friends with her sister. As a child myself, and frequent visitor to the Brakowski home, I could not understand what the family was going through. What I can tell you, so many years later, is that you could feel her presence in their home. It's one of those things that never leaves you, even after all these years.

Reading this beautiful book confirms what I knew, somehow, all those decades ago. Those we love never leave us. It brings a level of peace and comfort to anyone who's lost a loved one, especially a child.

Many thanks to Sonia and the rest of the Brakowski family for sharing such a personal, intimate part of their lives in order to help us all understand that life never really ends. They are with us, until we meet again.
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Review by: Betty Moerschel on May 26, 2013 :
Although I never actually met Annette, reading this book gave me the feeling that she was someone I would have liked to know. Despite her life being cut short way too soon, she made quite an impact on anyone whose life she touched. The book chronicles the events of her life and circumstances surrounding her death. Though I've never believed in psychic abilities before, the experiences that occurred so many years after Annette's passing were undeniable and otherwise unexplainable. Annette's communications to her mother are truly a blessing and gave me a whole new perspective on life after death. Fascinating!
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Review by: William Jenkinson on May 26, 2013 :
Sonia is my sister-in-law and so I agreed to download the book and read it. I was skeptical of the subject matter despite having read “Heaven is for Real” about a little boy’s journey to heaven and back. Never-the-less I decided to skim it anyway and let her know that I indeed read her book. About 25% into the book I found myself reading more slowly to fully absorb Sonia and Ed’s experience. Then I wondered what I missed earlier in the book so I had to go back and start all over. This book reinforced what I read earlier and I am now widening my view of life after death. It is an excellent read and highly recommended.
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Review by: Paulette Schaal on May 26, 2013 : (no rating)
Sonia's story is a heart warming story of the loss of her young daughter and her ability to reconnect through unexpected avenues. Her story has given me a new way of looking at my Christian beliefs.
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Review by: Barbara Gorman on May 26, 2013 :
I have known Sonia and Ed for over thirty years; I knew their oldest child had died from cancer not long before we met. They never went into much detail of the time Annette was ill and all the pain they, and their younger children, had to endure. I was always inspired by how they found a way to go on and become even stronger and closer to each other.
This beautiful book shares those excruciatingly painful times. It is written in such a down-to-earth way, I felt as if I were sitting across the table from Sonia as she spoke.
I have always believed that 'death' isn't the end of our existence, but now, because of Sonia and Annette, I know on a much deeper level. This book will give hope and security of our continued life to those who doubt and those who need comfort after the death of a loved one. I thank them for sharing this beautiful, personal, courageous story.
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Review by: Kristen Hawkins on May 25, 2013 :
Beautiful, inspirational read that tugs at your soul. If you were not a believer that there was more after this world, than you will be now! Heartfelt, loving, courageous story about how a parent's worst nightmare can find healing comfort and hope from the other side. And, how a brave little girl is able to touch her past Earthly friends, one by one, to show them the true meaning and unending travels of our existence.
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Review by: Adrian Hoffman on April 14, 2013 :
I read this good and it is an amazing book. You can learn a lot from it. Annette passed at such a young age. I am so happy that you are getting connect with Annette even though she passed over. I hope one day I will also get to speak with my loved ones that has moved on to the otherside. I also purchased it on paperback. (Check is in the mail)Thank you for sharing your story... :)
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Review by: Susan Civi on April 14, 2013 :
This book is not just the story of a child's death from a devastating illness at age 10 - it's an accounting of Annette's spirit contacting her mother through a medium. This didn't happen within hours after her death. Annette waited 30 years - I'm sure until she felt her mother was in a place where she was ready to receive her message and listen to her request. This is Annette's gift to her mom, their love is palpable and continues to shine through. The book brings hope to us all that death is indeed not the end.
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Review by: Terry Suruda on April 13, 2013 :
"Annette Opens the Door" was a different book than I expected. This is the story of messages delivered through a medium to the parents of a child who died thirty years ago. It details the changes in thinking and beliefs of Sonia, the parent receiving those messages. Clearly she is as delighted as any parent would be to be reassured that Annette continues to be Annette, and is still connected to her family.
Sonia gives Annette her wish. She writes the book so that others, especially those dealing with devastating loss, will know that life continues. She offers conviction through experience that death is not the end. Many will take comfort from this message of hope.
What I did not expect was the material about Sonia's own advancement as a medium, and her thoughts about reincarnation, Tarot cards and Edgar Cayce. Those threads in the book took it in a different direction, more of belief persuasion than simply telling Annette's story, of which there could have been more. To me the most memorable connection to Annette in the book is not in her recent messages, but in the story of how she sat up before she died, so happy she could jump with joy. I wanted to know that Annette better, the beautiful girl who made such an impression on medical staff that they remembered her 30 years later.
Annette’s ongoing existence resonates with my Christian (Episcopalian) beliefs in eternal life, the cycle of life/death/ resurrection. Having recently read “Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife” in which Dr. Eben Alexander describes the experience of being in the presence of God, of being infinitely loved; I wanted that part and missed it in “Annette Opens the Door”. Where is God in Annette’s ongoing life?
Arguments for reincarnation were distracting; they could have waited for another book.
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Review by: Bonnie Tadrous on April 12, 2013 :
I know Sonia for many years. What I didn't know was that she had a daughter who passed away until I started reading this book. I started reading the book and I couldn't stop. I have 3 children and my heart was breaking just thinking of what Sonia has gone through. Sonia described everything so well that I felt her pain. Her book is very moving and anyone that has gone through what Sonia has will be able to understand what she was feeling. It's just so amazing how Sonia went on with her everyday life while going through what she was going through. Sonia is a wonderful Mother, Wife and Friend and an amazing woman.
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Review by: Rich Urban on April 12, 2013 :
Review by: Rich Urban on April 12, 2013.
This book has "opened my mind" by providing substantial proof that when we die, even though our soul departs from our physical body, our spirit continues to live. This book provides details about how a child that died at the young age of 10 years old, over three decades ago, continues to communicate with her mother. This book will help you understand that dying is not the end but the continuation of one life long journey. After reading this book you certainly will not have all the answers about the hereafter, but you may have a better understanding, and a better feeling, about a loved one or friend who crosses over.
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Review by: Judi Thomases on April 11, 2013 :
This wonderful book is nothing short of revolutionary! While some parents who grieve the loss of a child may write moving accounts of their journey through pain, how many have been blessed with mediumistic ability to receive confirmation of the continued existence of their beloved deceased one's consciousness and intent? Annette has tasked her mother Sonia with telling the whole story, INCLUDING HER CONTINUED PRESENCE AND DESIRE TO COMFORT OTHERS who face the wrenching experience of burying a child. Annette and Sonia have co-written a book that can change readers' view of life-after-death, and bring hope that the passage and loss are not the final ending. Sonia has done a great job of telling her story in a very real, full and moving way that all people can relate to, while Annette ON THE OTHER SIDE has convincingly succeeded in spreading hope and comfort to whoever is lucky enough to encounter this book.
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