A Mother’s Journey of Love, Loss & Life Beyond: Review

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When I started reading this book by Jennifer L. Scalise, A Mother’s Journey of Love, Loss & Life Beyond, I wasn’t 100% on board with it because of how much it spoke about religion and God. I don’t usually read books that involve these things, but I’m really glad I stuck this one out because it turned out to be a good book about a very heart wrenching (and heart warming) journey.

In July 2009, Jennifer and her children were vacationing in Costa Rica. On a near-perfect day, as described by the author, at the end of an ATV tour, 12-year-old Brooke missed a turn and drove off a 260-foot cliff. Jennifer came upon the scene within seconds, and her life changed immediately and irrevocably. Brooke was gone.

Jennifer Scalise and her daughter, Brooke, had a very special relationship – one most mothers and daughters can only dream of. Reading Brooke’s story helped me with a lot of feelings I’ve been having lately and I think it came at the perfect time in my life. Sometimes it’s hard dealing with the kids (I’m sure you guys know that!), and I find myself getting upset over little things. Brooke’s story helped me realize, more now than ever, that “don’t sweat the small stuff” are words to live by.

I love the creativity displayed in this book. Some parts are kind of like a scrapbook. Family photos, drawings, and letters from Brooke all make this book unique.

While this is deemed a must-read for any parent who has lost a child, I truly think everyone should read it because it’s not just about losing a child. It’s about appreciating your loved ones while you still have them around because life is too short to do anything less.

You can order A Mother’s Journey of Love, Loss & Life Beyond online, and “LIKE” the author’s page on Facebook.


  1. What a nightmare to lose your child in an instant like that.

  2. I must read this book! It looks amazing!

    • AlannaB says:

      Thank you for the book review. I hope that I never have to experience the loss of a child, but would like to read it anyway. I am sure that it would help me cope with the fact with being accross the country from my family. Coming from an EXTREMELY close family, sometimes I focus too much in the fact that I am depriving my children from getting to know their grandparents and other relatives that I am not building the best relationship with my little boys I am sure that this book would serve as a perfect reminder to cherish the times that I have with them.

  3. I never lost a child. But I have lost so many others I loved so much, including my niece at 42, two of my sisters 61, and 52 (in the last 7 years) and also my parents. Loss changes you. It helps for live for the day and love like never before. It shows you that there are things that just don’t matter – and things that do. By your review, I think this book likely hits all that.

  4. Dandi D says:

    Sounds like a great book to read! I’ll have to check it out.

  5. Stephanie S. says:

    Thank you for sharing this. I cried just reading this post partly because my oldest will be 12 soon. I don’t know how I would go on living after something like that 🙁

  6. Wow this book sounds like something i need to buy my aunt. He son just lost his life – tragically- at 16. Anything to help let her know shes not alone. I can’t nor do i wish to ever imagine this pain. Thanks for blogging about it.

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  8. deb kovac says:

    Thanks for the review. It sounds like a really good book. It is so great to be able to find out about different books from the reviews.

  9. Britni Bradford says:

    Great review. Might have to read this.

  10. heidi crowley says:

    Omg. I cant imagine something like this happening yo me. I pray everymight I don’t lose anyone close to me esp my kids. Thanks for the reveiw I may pick it up

  11. Seyma Shabbir says:

    Sad story – I don’t know that I could read this. Any movie or stories with a child dying has me crying so bad it puts me in a bad mood all day!

  12. Sounds like a good book, but I am a little afraid to read it at the same time.

  13. Kait Burke says:


  14. Thanks for this – it really puts things in perspective.

  15. Wow that similar situation actually happened to someone I know while they were hiking. I don’t know if I could read a book like that. I avoid books that make me cry, I get really emotional!

  16. Rachel Rodman-Kunkler says:

    I agree with Jamie. I don’t know if I could handle reading something so sad.

  17. Chelsea Saulpaugh says:

    I have a really special/close relationship with my mother so I can relate in that aspect. I’ll check this book out. Thanks for sharing.

  18. kimbuckjr says:

    I recently had a revelation kinda like yours, not to sweat the small stuff. It’s humbled me more. Life is very short and I should treasure every moment I live.

    I’m gonna look for this book, I believe I will enjoy it! Thank You!


  19. sarah c says:

    Such a tough subject matter, I don’t know if I could pick it up. One of the scariest things for a parent is loss.

  20. Morgan H says:

    I completely agree.

  21. Pamela Halligan says:

    Wow, this book sounds like a powerful read. I don’t have children of my own, but I do have a young niece and nephew I am close to. I can only imagine the heartache of losing a child. Thanks for sharing this review. I’ll be looking for this book.

  22. it is surely every parent’s worst nightmare to lose a child. i have been grappling with my fears about the same thing lately, especially since we are in colorado springs and have been in tenuous situations lately with a wildfire raging right practically in our backyard. when i am able to i will definitely check this book out. the fire has helped me put things in perspective and remember to enjoy every moment with loved ones while they are here, and also to pare down and let go of that which is not necessary so as to move more freely through life. this book sounds like the perfect pairing with the recent situation and so heartbreakingly poignant. thanks for the review.

  23. Thanks for the review. I have been looking for a new good read and although I have not lost a child, I lost my mother at an early age and can only imagine how my grandmother has coped with the loss….no loss of a child is easy..no matter what the age.

  24. Rena Hyde says:

    Sounds very sad but interesting. Thanks for sharing this, I really want to read it now!

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