"Though our sweet Anna is gone...we know where she now resides. May her life be a reflection of love, forgiveness and grace. Even in the darkness there can be light, and even in the hardest circumstances we face, there can be hope."
All for Anna is book one in the Letting Go Series by author, Nicole Deese. Told from the viewpoint of the main character, Victoria Sales, the reader immediately engages with Victoria's (Tori's) thoughts and feelings. Tori, a Registered Nurse, is caught in the trap of guilt, heartbreak and shame caused by an accident wherein her worst nightmare comes to life. A child dies-a child she couldn't save-a child whose death she could have prevented.
In order to cope, Tori runs. She runs miles and miles to forget, to become numb, to put distance between herself and a memory that she cannot escape. Eventually, an intervention causes Tori to stop. And when she stops, she is challenged. Challenged by her sister, brother-in-law, parents and her new friend, Kai.
All for Anna explores the Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and the real battle in dealing with the aftermath of horror. It is a story of facing fear, learning how to trust, and the embracing vulnerability in connecting with another human being.
Personally, I was fully engaged in the story. Nicole Deese does a fantastic job developing characters who are authentic. She weaves a tale that makes you simultaneously laugh and cry, my favorite emotion.
Amanda Williams is a forty-year old wife and mother of two who can still swing her pony tail and display just a tad of sass. She is also a Jesus loving girl who realizes she is nothing without the One who saved her. Amanda has two degrees specializing in serving students with special needs and is currently working in the field of Leadership Development. She is a Christian author, speaker, blogger, and publisher who loves serving beside her husband at her local place of worship, First Baptist Church of Ocala.