How Far is Heaven – A Novel that will break your heart!

I wrote this novel, How Far is Heaven, under J.E. Spina many years ago before I retired. It was published in 2016. When I began writing it I cried to think of anything like this really happening to a family. As an author I took the liberty of portraying this family with so much tragedy and heartbreak that you too will be crying. This story came to me in a dream. Once I woke up I had to scribble down my thoughts before they were lost. I didn’t know how this story would end but it finally came to me as I typed away. Cover by John Spina. I hope you will enjoy it!

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How Far is Heaven


Parker and Priscilla Wilfork are happily married with two children. Life seemed perfect and peaceful until Parker goes on a business trip and does not return. Priscilla finds her world turned upside down when she searches for answers to how and why Parker disappeared.

One night Priscilla has a dream that Parker is an angel. Does this mean that Parker is now dead? After two years and no sign of Parker except in her dreams, Priscilla makes the decision to tell her children that their father has gone to Heaven.

Priscilla tries to get their lives back together until one day Deanna disappears too. Now Priscilla must go on a quest to find her daughter before it’s too late. She fears her daughter’s disappearance might be connected in some way to her husband’s. Can Priscilla go on with her life if she loses Deanna too?

With the help of a handsome police Sergeant, Blake Furelli, they work together to try to find Deanna and solve the mystery behind Parker’s disappearance. During this trying time, Blake, who suffered a loss of his own, feels drawn to the ethereal beauty of Priscilla.


Amazon Customer5.0 out of 5 stars“How Far is Heaven” is a page turner. Right …September 7, 2016Format: PaperbackVerified Purchase“How Far is Heaven” is a page turner. Right from the beginning, I was “hooked.”
Mystery, suspense, family morals, and a bit of romance made this novel well worth reading. Also intriguing, was the supernatural element of the story. I definitely look forward to the next novel by Janis Spina.
I was also honored to see my name on the dedication page.

Deanie Humphrys-Dunne5.0 out of 5 starsA captivating story you must have!July 28, 2016Format: Kindle Edition”How Far is Heaven” is a spectacular story of a young family, Parker, his wife, Priscilla and their children, Robbie and Deanna. Parker and Priscilla were deeply in love and enjoying a wonderful life together until Parker mysteriously disappears without a trace. The story is captivating. I didn’t ant to put it down. You can feel the emotions of the story so deeply that it brought me to tears. You’ll be astounded by the connection between Parker and Priscilla that even death can’t sever. There’s no doubt you’ll love the story as much as I did. It’ magical. Award-winning author, Janice Spina, should be extremely proud of her abundant talents. She wove the story perfectly. I highly recommend it. * I was given a gift copy to review.
Reviewed by children’s author, Deanie Humphrys-Dunne

P.S. Winn5.0 out of 5 starsGreat mystery suspense connected to a wonderful spiritual journeyJune 24, 2017Format: Kindle EditionThis is a beautiful story with a great ending. Patricia Wilfork is a happily married woman. So, when he husband mysteriously disappears she is lost for an answer as to why. Along with her two children, Patricia tries to rebuild her life still not knowing what happened to her husband. When Patricia’s daughter also disappears the story twists and turns with a spiritual edge and readers are taken on a great journey. The author does a wonderful job mixing the spiritual aspect with a mystery thriller that will please readers of all genres.

Sarah Reviews5.0 out of 5 starsA Satistfying Read!July 28, 2016Format: Kindle EditionThe ever-talented Janice Spina does it again. Like in her other books, whether written for young children, teens or adults, “How Far is Heaven” hits the mark. You’ll find it all in this entertaining book; suspense, emotions, good values, and a satisfying ending that fills you with anticipation for Spina’s next creation. Highly recommended.

Lorraine Price5.0 out of 5 starsStunning Portrayal of a Father’s Love and Protection For His Child Even After DeathJune 14, 2016Format: Kindle EditionI absolutely loved this story! I even read it twice. It started with a hook and kept me intrigued the whole way through. I really liked the plot, the romance, the danger, and the ending. There was no dragging. It took me a minute to get all of the nasty boys’ names placed with who and what they were doing, but I just had to back up and re-read it to figure it out. There is a lot of action taking place in this book, and I didn’t want to put it down. Get your copy today!

Michele Rolfe5.0 out of 5 starsLove Beyond DeathJune 6, 2016Format: Kindle EditionMore implied violence & sexual content. Very tastefully written. I was a Beta Reader & LOVED this. The love of a person for his family transcends death especially when his family is in danger. Gave me goose bumps. Awesome read.

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About jjspina

Janice is an multi-award-winning author with 42 books: 20 children's books for PS-Gr 4, 12 middle-grade/preteen, two young adult books, written under Janice Spina, and 7 novels, and a short story collection written under J.E. Spina. She is also a writer of poetry, blogger, avid reader, reviewer and a copy editor. Janice has always loved writing and started very young writing poetry, then stories. Her books have received 36 Book Awards and a few finalists awards. All Janice's books are available on, Kindle, B&N and other online book sites. One of her sports' poems was published in The Lawrence Eagle Tribune in October of 2008. She is currently working on book 3 of a YA fantasy series an and book 2 in an angel series. There will be six books in all in this series. She hopes to work on a series of four books in a crime/mystery genre that will be offsprings of her thriller, Hunting Mariah. There are books in the works about a dog for ages YA. Her hobbies are crocheting, sewing, walking to keep fit, hula hooping, tap dancing, going to the movies with her husband, and spending time with her five grandchildren. Janice loves to hear from readers and appreciates reviews. Sign up on her blog for a copy of her newsletters under Contact Me. She lives in New Hampshire with her husband who is her illustrator and cover creator.
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10 Responses to How Far is Heaven – A Novel that will break your heart!

  1. I have this on my TBR, Janice.

  2. This sounds good, Janice!

  3. I still need to read it. It’s on my list for a long time. Hmm.

  4. Reblogged this on DSM Publications and commented:
    Check out the book, How Far is Heaven, by J.E. Spina, from this post on Janice Spina’s blog.

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