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Title: The Mourning Parade by Dawn Reno Langley
Author: Dawn Reno Langley
Publisher: Amberjack Publishing
Published: July 18th, 2017
This is an amazing story and is certainly one of my all time moving reads that I have no hesitation in highly recommending.
Natalie DeAngelo’s two sons were killed in a tragic school shooting. She’s suffering from PTSD and decides to sell up the now unhappy family home and volunteers to put her skills as a veterinarian to use working in an elephant sanctuary in northern Thailand. She is coping with so much tragedy in her life and hopes the move will help her heal and benefit the elephants, too. However, whilst the charity’s philanthropist, Andrew Graham, really welcomes her, the sanctuary’s vet, Peter Hatcher, is definitely against her from the very start.
You really need to read the moving story of how Natalie strives to help Sophie, an elephant struggling with a serious leg infection, a fear of men and her own version of PTSD after years of abuse. As Peter Hatcher wants to euthanise Sophie and Natalie wants to heal her, the fight is on . . . . You really need to read it yourself as it is a very moving story. The ethos of the person who started the sanctuary is to help hurt humans to help heal hurt elephants and the authors knowledge and love of these magnificent creatures shines through the story. It is emotively written, with pertinent quotes starting each section of the story. The settings, atmosphere and emotions are brought to vivid life throughout the story. It is a moving story, one that I’m not ashamed to admit brought me to tears more than once, a story of life after loss, grief and, most important of all, healing and love.
I requested and was given a copy of this book via NetGalley and this is my honest opinion after choosing to read it.
Single mom and veterinarian Natalie DeAngelo lost everything the day her two sons were killed in a school shooting. Following her psychiatrist’s advice, she decides to sell her once-happy home to escape the immense pain and grief of living there alone.
Desperate to find relief from her unspeakable loss, Natalie impetuously commits to honoring her boys’ memory and volunteers to assist philanthropist Andrew Graham at his elephant sanctuary in northern Thailand. All she wants once she gets there is relief.
But she soon realizes she may be in over her head when she faces three major challenges: her debilitating PTSD is creating night terrors; Peter Hatcher, the sanctuary’s irascible in-house vet, has a longtime grudge against her and wants desperately for her to fail; and Sophie, a female elephant with a raging leg infection and PTSD caused by human abuse, is demanding that Natalie use every trick in her veterinarian’s black bag to heal her.
Dr. Hatcher wants to euthanize Sophie, as he claims she’s a lost cause, and Natalie knows she must find a way to convince the others to let her keep trying. Can she and Sophie find a way to heal together and learn to love life again? Or will another tragedy shatter Natalie’s progress?
This deeply emotional novel explores the capacity of a mother’s love, the challenge of overcoming a devastating loss, and the long, tiresome journey to healing.