Jill Bradley is a twenty-four-year-old nurse whose life is going great; she has established herself in her new career and she’s looking forward to getting engaged to her high school sweetheart. But faced with a watershed moment, she has to deal with simultaneous family tragedy, injury, and betrayal, and feels it’s way too much to cope with. In a moment of despair, Jill books a trip to a Caribbean island in an effort to escape. While she finds respite and romance, her problems have also packed their own suitcase.
Helen Bradley, Jill’s mother dedicated her entire life to her family like many mothers in the 1970’s and 80’s. Despite her best efforts, however, she hasn’t always been able to be the type of mother she wished she could be. She has a secret she was hoping would just go away, but it won’t. If she doesn’t share it with Jill it might bring her daughter more harm.
I Know You’re There is a mother-daughter journey, celebrating the highs and delving into the lows of family life. Can the power of love heal all things?
OCTOBER 22, 1995
I woke up screaming, “It’s my fault! Jill, it’s my fault!”
Startled, I sat up and got my bearings. The top half of my white flannel nightgown was drenched in warm sweat that was now starting to cool. The alarm clock glared 12:20 am.
Thank God, I told myself. My daughter, Jill, a nurse at our local hospital had told me she was working a day shift, so she would be home in bed now. In my nightmare, Jill was in a room with two patients who both died at the same time. Frantic, she was screaming at them, “No, no, you can’t die!! No, you have to wake up! They will blame me, they will say it is all my fault!”
Guilt eroded my stomach. Somehow I would need to tell my baby the truth.
Sue Allison-Dean is a nurse who retired from traditional practice in 1999, after working 13 years as a Wound, Ostomy, Continence Clinical Nurse Specialist. She found a second career in gardening after working in a garden center and completing an organic gardening internship at Highgrove Garden in England. She now co-owns Naturescapes with her landscape designer husband, Robert. She has authored several clinical and horticulture articles and was a contributing author to the bestselling book, Touched By A Nurse. She is passionate about the sea and loves exploring tropical islands. She extends this passion by doing volunteer work benefitting dolphins and whales. Sue splits her time between Armonk, New York and Cary, North Carolina, with her husband and English bulldog, Bubba.
Connect with Susan!
- Website: www.susanallisondean.com
- Blog: Read-Ponder-Comment Blog: http://www.susanallisondean.com/read-ponder-comment-blog.html
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Susan-Allison-Dean/388024291305521
- Goodreads: https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/17822276-i-know-you-re-there
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/SueAllisonDean
Buy the Book!
- Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/Know-Youre-There-Susan-Allison-Dean-ebook/dp/B00CA9Z2CK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1389798418&sr=8-1&keywords=i+know+you%27re+There
- Barnes & Noble: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/i-know-youre-there-susan-allison-dean/1115106788?ean=9780578121413