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4.19.2012

The Milestone Tapes - Book Review and Giveaway



About the book:


Jenna Chamberland never wanted anything more than to be a wife and mother. That is, until she realized that her life was ending after a three-year battle against breast cancer. Now, all she really wants is more time.
With 4,320 hours left to live, Jenna worries for her loved ones and what she knows awaits them on the other side: Gabe will have to make the slip from husband to widower, left alone to raise their seven-year-old daughter; Mia will be forced to cope with life without her mother by her side. In a moment of reflection, Jenna decides to record a set of audio cassettes — The Milestone Tapes – leaving her voice behind as a legacy for her daughter.
Nine years later, Mia is a precocious sixteen-year-old and her life is changing all around, all she wants is her mother. Through the tapes, Jenna’s voice returns to teach Mia the magic of life, her words showing her daughter how to spread her wings and embrace the coming challenges with humor, grace and hope.
THE MILESTONE TAPES is the journey of love between a parent and child, and of the bonds that holds them when life no longer can.

My Thoughts:

First off, I admit, I judge a book by the cover a lot of times.  This cover had me at hello.  There is something in that girl's eyes that just makes me want to hear her story.  I loved the story.  I love that we get to know the mother before she passes away and we get to know the lives of her family afterwords.  It doesn't start or end with death, its just part of the entire journey.  I cried, but it was a good cry!  I think the advise that Jenna leaves Mia is what we would all want to hear from our Mom's or loved ones at critical times in our lives.  

There are a few F-Bombs in this book, so beware if that offends you.  My only issue was there were a few spelling / grammar errors.  I am not sure if I read a final draft since it was an advanced reading, and I often find errors in published books, but this had quite a few.

I hope you enjoy.  The author Ashley Mackler-Paternostro, is giving away an amazing prize pack including a KINDLE!!! WAHOO!  So enter to win below.  Also, feel free to check out The Tour Page to read interviews and other reviews.




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30 comments:

  1. How do you find the time to read?! I used to be an avid reader and now I just don't take the time, summers in the backyard should change that!

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  2. I want to win because it would be nice to receive such a wide variety of items!

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  3. Wow that's quite the collection of stuff... how did you get involved in this book review thing?

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  4. I love books, soaps, jelly, etc...

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  5. I love reading and I'm always looking for new books/authors to read. Oh and the Dr Seuss book will be perfect for my girls! :)

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  6. All those giveaways look great!! Pick me pick me!

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  7. I would love to win any one of those items! Holy moly :)

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  8. I want to win because then I could take my books with me where ever I go! Also the rest of the prizes look awesome! Who doesn't love jam and Dr. Seuss?

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  9. because ive been wanting a kindle for the longest time but its not in the buget to get and all the all prizes look awesome too

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  10. I love reading and covet a kindle:)

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  11. I would LOVE to get a kindle so we could take all of our books to Africa with us! and the other stuff is awesome too!

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  12. So many goodies! Great things to share between me and my kids and mother in law :D

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  13. Lots of goodies but I really, really want to read this book. I mean how many of us mothers haven't wondered what would happen to our children should something happen to us? I have letters written for my children to be opened after my death but it doesn't seem like enough.

    Thanks so much for the great giveaway!

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  14. All the prizes look awesome AND I love that seuss book :)

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  15. I'd love to win because I got a really cheap e-reader at Kohl's and it doesn't really do what's promised LOL

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  16. Ashley TuckerMay 22, 2012

    I want to win this giveaway so I can stop using my husband's kindle all the time

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  17. I'd like to win bc I would love a Kindle!

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  18. I'm a stay at home Mom of 2 boys (3 and 1 year old)! Checking the mail or getting a package is my favorite time of day! And I would love to have a kindle!

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  19. So much fun stuff in this one! Would feel like Christmas! Who doesn't like Jelly? Soaps etc.

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  20. I have been wanting a Kindle!!

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  21. The kindle would be my #1, but the vial of lavender, the cobbler, the golden raspberry jam, the two books, and the amazon girt card all make my heart flutter. I'd love to try the soaps, too - that sounds like a nice treat!

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  22. I was unable to like Jess resides here on facebook due to an error message from Rafflecopter:

    Could not retrieve the specified page. Please verify correct href was passed in.

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  23. Tracy KauffmanMay 23, 2012

    I want to win because there are so many fun prizes being offered! I would love to try Golden Raspberry jam, since I come from state known for Raspberry Jam!
    tracysweeps (@) aol (dot) com

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  24. Because there are so many great prizes including a Kindle which I could really use!
    april yedinak

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  25. I would love to win this!!

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  26. alicia zirjacksMay 23, 2012

    I want to win because these prizes are fantastic!

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  27. I want to win this giveaway because I have been wanting a Kindle it seems like forever.
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  28. I would love to win it for my hubby!
    eksummit (at) gmail.com

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  29. I've been wanting a Kindle for ages!

    Maggie Ann True Armstrong
    maggie at pdclarion dot com

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