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Judy Croome: Author on the Prowl

Judy Croome lives, writes and reads in Johannesburg, South Africa.  A novelist & poet, Judy loves cats, exploring the meaning of life, chocolate, rainy days and cats (who already appear to have discovered the meaning of life.) Visit Judy on www.judycroome.com or join her on Twitter @judy_croome

Grief's Bounty

Grief's Bounty - Sandy Goulding There is a common saying that in every end lies a new beginning. Sophie, the central character of “Grief’s Bounty” discovers how true this is as she forges a new strength – a new identity – from the ashes of a devastating grief. The double loss of her father and older brother, who supported her throughout an empty marriage and tough divorce, leaves Sophie floundering. But slowly, as a bloom awakens in the morning sun of a new day, Sophie discovers depths to herself that not even she could have imagined.

With a quiet, philosophical curiosity Sophie reaches out through her pain to find that this new world, without the protective shell of her father and brother, is both heart-breaking and breath-taking. Unexpected betrayals teach her to trust her own judgement; an impossible love shows her how powerful she can become as a sexually awakened woman.

A fascinating journey of growth and healing, “Grief’s Bounty” is, at times, full of raw emotion and pain and, at other times, overflowing with wonder as new horizons become visible.

The family dynamics and how they influenced Sophie’s perception of herself –and how they influenced her own children’s lives – are a sketched with a deep understanding and love. Ultimately, from the depths of her grief, Sophie learns to embrace the bounty that is offered by this painful rite-of-passage. Life goes on and, while one can never forget the past, one can accept it and move forward. No matter how poignant a closing act, it is but the overture for a richer, deeper melody.