Counting Stars

Narrated by: Kate Rudd
Length: 9 hrs and 13 mins
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When Bernadette Murphy's brother, Mark, dies unexpectedly, her world is rocked. Jenny, the wife he left behind, skips grieving and goes straight into survival mode. That is, until she shows up at Bernie's door in tears, holding a battered canvas journal in which Mark - once obsessed with adventure - had listed larger-than-life travel destinations.

Before losing her brother, life had been great for Bernie - a new career and a nice romance - even though she wavers on her boyfriend's proposal and wears her diamond engagement ring on a cord around her neck instead of on her finger. But inspired by Mark's unique bucket list, Bernie puts her mom, her dog, her best friend's angsty teenager, and Jenny into a borrowed RV and sets off on a cross-country road trip, sharing quirky adventures and unexpected turns along the way.

But Bernie can't run forever. Will she find a way to let go of the past, heal her losses, and open herself to life's new possibilities?

©2015 Kathleen Long (P)2015 Brilliance Audio, all rights reserved.

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How to journey through grief to what's next

First, a little context - I LOVE Chasing Rainbows, earlier book by this author, and have read and re-read and recently listened on Audible. It is my companion when I am first dealing with the waves of grief of having lost a loved one (too many for me in recent years). It is real, raw, funny and hopeful. The author brings the same elements to this story, only this time it is more about how to walk into the next part of your life after a loss...not quite as much the raw, first days but the 2nd, 3rd and 4th months when everyone else has moved on and you are still rocked to the core, not sure how to continue your journey without that person. I don't believe you "recover" from a deep loss, but rather your life is changed and you journey with those changes, in a new direction, new purpose, or new approaches to living. This book was the perfect companion for how to start your journey again, embracing the loss not ignoring it, but moving forward. I love that her dog is still in the story, and that this story was about the women, not so much the romance. And perfect (and realistic!) that each of the women were grieving but their grief and coping looked different and often clashed...this story was how they found their way forward to love each other despite their different approaches to grief.

And, I must say, a road trip is always a fun read and how perfect that i am planning a road trip with my niece and her mom for very similar reasons in just a few months. This story reminded me how important it will be to allow my niece and sister-in-law to grieve my mom in their own way, as I grieve her in mine, all while loving each other as we are.

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love this book

sometimes when you think things are the worst, you wake up and find a way to really relate to one another and live!!! Love this book!

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Great story

I totally loved it. made me tear a lot😭 but in a good way!