My novel for 18+, How Far Is Heaven, is a romance/mystery/paranormal that will have you believing in angels.
I wrote this story after I had a dream about a ghost one night. Once I began writing the story it flowed and came alive. Readers will feel the connection between the father and his family and see how love can go beyond and conquer even death. Parents will want to count their blessings, keep their children close, and may start believing in ghosts.
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Blurb: 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.
Book Reviews on Amazon:
5.0 out of 5 stars Imaginative Story of a Father’s Undying Love for His FamilyReviewed in the United States on January 1, 2020Format: Kindle EditionVerified PurchaseHow Far is Heaven is the story of a tragedy that befalls Parker and Priscilla, a happy young couple with two small children. When Parker mysteriously disappears, Priscilla’s life is turned upside down. Knowing that Parker will never return, Priscilla enlists the help of Officer Blake who pieces together the parts to discover what happened to her husband.
The story is interesting with a lot of moving parts that come together in the end. It has elements of mystery, suspense, and romance which makes it appealing to a wide number of readers. The most heartwarming part is the message that a father’s love for his family can transcend even death itself. While there is a bit more of telling than showing throughout the story, it is still a very good read and one that many people will enjoy.
DGKaye5.0 out of 5 stars Suspense, Family and CompassionReviewed in the United States on April 5, 2019Format: Kindle EditionHow Far is Heaven offers a great mix of mystery, romance and angelic messages.A seemingly happy couple – Parker and Priscilla are broken up by a tragic incident when Parker ventures out for a business trip but never returns home. Priscilla finds help with trying to find her missing husband from a compassionate police Sargent, Blake, who makes it his mission to solve the mystery of her missing husband.
In the midst of the investigation, more grief fills Priscilla when her 8 year old precocious daughter, Deanna, goes missing. We are left wondering how these two events are connected and we’re kept hoping through the investigation that Deanna will be found. Through the tragedy that ensues, Priscilla tries to keep it all together for the sake of her missing daughter and for her little boy. As the investigation continues, Blake finds himself taking a great shining to Priscilla as he feels a common bond with Priscilla’s loss and his own recent suffering of a great loss. Blake’s compassion for Priscilla grows into a friendship.Meanwhile, sweet Deanna keeps her hopes of being found alive because of her spiritual connection with her father’s spirit and the ‘promise’ he made her that he’d always protect her.
This book is a moving story of tragedy with faith and love sustaining everyone to keep hope alive while trying to maintain peace and normalcy within a loving family, all the while keeping us glued till the end, as we wait and hope to find out if the little girl will be found and what happened to her father.Love never dies, even after death.
P.S. Winn5.0 out of 5 stars Great mystery suspense connected to a wonderful spiritual journeyReviewed in the United States on June 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
Deanie Humphrys-Dunne5.0 out of 5 stars A captivating story you must have!Reviewed in the United States on 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
Balroop Singh5.0 out of 5 stars A gripping and positive storyReviewed in the United States on February 16, 2020Format: Kindle EditionHow Far Is Heaven by J.E. Spina is a poignant story of Priscilla whose blissful life takes a sudden turn just with one incident – the mysterious disappearance of her husband. This book is a page-turner, as Spina keeps the readers on tenterhooks, keeping the hopes alive with the investigations and telling her children that their dad would return soon. Despite the darker aspects, this is a heart-warming and feel-good story that breathes positivity.
Spina’s style is simple yet gripping, as she doesn’t waste a single word in dragging the story or dwelling on the emotional upheavals. Her characters find a quick solution to their problems; even Deanna knows how to handle the situation she was placed in. Parker’s presence adds a special charm to the story. Only Blake seems to be implausible but he has his own reasons for being so sweet. Highly recommended.
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