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The End of The Road Down syndrome, love, fear, trust...When someone burns down her new home, single mom Shelby Robinson’s guilty conscience tells her it’s because of what she did. Is it possible her past has caught up to her? But how? And will she ever be able to provide a secure future for her daughter Grace? Shelby wrestles with these questions and more as she attempts to make her fresh start as a guest at a family friend’s lovely Vermont horse farm. She doesn’t expect to feel so at home there, nor so inspired by the Averys’ adult daughter who, like Grace, has Down syndrome. Not to mention, their son Ben is making her wonder if second chance dreams do come true… Surely Shelby can let go of her fears. She couldn't ask for a more peaceful, idyllic setting in which to put the pieces of her life back together. She loves her new job, and Grace is thriving. Maybe Shelby can finally stop running from the choices that have haunted her for so long. Or can she?

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Motherhood Unexpected: All Claire wants is to be a mother, but her perfectly planned birth ends with a surprise. Forced to question everything that she has ever believed, she struggles through new motherhood. How can God still be good when nothing about this is even remotely good?


deanna j. smith

If you've ever wondered what it's like to be told that your unborn child has Down syndrome....if you've ever wondered what it's like to be an extended stay NICU mom...if you've ever wondered what it's like to hand your baby over for heart surgery...if you've ever wondered how to cope when your dreams are replaced with something you didn't this book for a first hand account of the scariest time in a first time mom's life. (60 pages) This is the raw-personal-upclose version, NOT at polished, shiny memoir. If that's what you're looking for this is probably the wrong book for you.