Cards For Brianna

Cards For Brianna:  A Mom's Messages of Living, Laughing, and Loving as Time Is Running Out
  Written by Heather McManamy, with William Croyle
  Hardcover/e-Book, 224 Pages
  Memoir, April 2016
  $14.99 Purchase from Amazon

Publisher's Synopsis:
There's only one thing to do when you're running out of time - make the most of every moment you have left.

After being diagnosed with terminal breast cancer, Heather McManamy felt like her life was crumbling... but she was also inspired to live each day she had left as joyfully as possible by making amazing memories with her husband, Jeff, and young daughter, Brianna.

As Heather filled their days with fun, laughter, and dance parties, she came up with a plan to make sure that Brianna would know that her mommy would always love her - even after Heather's inevitable death.

Heather began to write greeting cards to Brianna.  Cards for her first day of school, her sixteenth birthday, her wedding day.  Cards for when things were going right and when they were going wrong.  Cards for when Brianna would need her mother - whether in five years or in fifty years - and Heather wouldn't be able to be there for her.

Heather McManamy was a native of Wisconsin and lived in McFarland.  She graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and earned a degree in psychology and sociology.  She married in 2006 and had Brianna in 2011.  She passed away in December 2015.  You can read her Facebook post she wrote to her husband.

William Croyle is a native of Ohio and graduated from Ashland University.  He was a journalist for ten years.  He now lives in Kentucky with his wife and three sons.  You can find him online at

My Thoughts
This is a very touching book with plenty of pictures to add to the story.  Even though it is 224 pages long, it only took hours to read.  It was funny, sad and makes you realize how special life is.  I Rated This Book:  5/5 Stars *****

I received a card along with this book - to send to someone I cared about, to let them know I was thinking of them.  I sent it to a family member and included a little note to make them laugh, hoping to brighten their day.

NOTE:  A portion of the first month's sales of this book will be donated to METAvivor, which is a non-profit organization that funds research for metastatic cancer.

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