Can love blossom after life changes in an instant?
One July morning in Manhattan, handsome athlete and entrepreneur Phoenix Walker accompanies his love, half-Asian beauty Orchid, to the airport.
Neither believes today is goodbye.
But after she leaves, disaster strikes. Phoenix wakes in the hospital, broken, forever changed. He longs for Orchid but remembers the tragedy in her past that makes her panic over images of trauma.
Now, he's faced with the hardest decision of his life. Does he burden the woman whose traumatic childhood makes him feel protective of her? Or does true love mean leaving her without explaining why?
Rising from ashes is hard. Giving up the one you love is harder.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
CAROL VAN DEN HENDE is an award-winning author who pens stories of resilience and hope. Her novel Goodbye, Orchid won the 2020 American Fiction Award winner for urban fiction, Pinnacle Achievement Award winner for multicultural fiction, IAN Outstanding Fiction for Best First Novel, two Royal Dragonfly Awards, two Best Book Finalist Awards, Audiobook Reviewer New Author of the Year, was long-listed for Chanticleer International Chatelaine Book Award, won a Book Excellence Award and named a Top Book of 2020 by The Write Review. Plus, it’s been featured by Glamour, Buzzfeed, Parade, Travel+Leisure, Chicago Tribune, LA Times, DIYMFA, WABC Radio among others.
Carol is also a speaker, strategist, Board member and Climate Reality Leader. One secret to her good fortune? Her humorous husband, fun-loving twins, and rescue cat, who prove that love really does conquer all.
Eye Rolls & Awe - A National Park Road Trip with Teens
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FROM THE BACK COVER
Breathtaking beauty one moment… face-melting eye rolls the next! Follow the Brennans and their three teens on a 7,000-mile summer road trip that changed their family. Caves, peaks and whitewater rapids brought them closer to nature. Hours on the road in “The Couch” (their comfy SUV) brought them closer to each other. Were there fights and freak outs? Of course. Giggles? Every day.
Join in their hilarious search for buffalo, their snowball fights in July, their musical warning for bears. From quiet sunsets to exploding geysers, their journey is a story of family, of foibles, of deepening relationships – with one another and our spectacular country.
Along with insider travel tips and info boxes, Eye Rolls & Awe also includes the latest research that shows:
• Time with our teens is crucial to their health and well-being.
• Nature can make us all healthier, happier and more creative.
• Introducing our adolescents to their public lands is essential for the future of these irreplaceable spaces.
“Carving out an adventure with teens is not only doable, it can be transforming. For our kids. For us. For our national treasures.”
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Merry Brennan (Author )As a kid, Merry Brennan dreamed of a grown-up life writing books and making art. Then she got sidetracked - as a journalist, activist, columnist, naturalist, communications consultant, adjunct professor, and elected official.
But she finally returned to her story-telling roots and couldn't be Merrier! Along with Eye Rolls and Awe: A National Park Road Trip with Teens, she authored the middle-grade biographical novel, Peace Pilgrim: walking her talk against hate. Her photographic and digital creations have been featured in many shows, shops, and publications.
The long-time Jersey Shore resident is always up for a good hike, sail or paddle; never turns down time with family; and looks forward to full moon meditations. She and her musician husband, Tom, have three terrific children, Ciaran, Aislinn and Sean.