Sam’s Shadow by Sandy Valentine

Are you searching for a book about love, pain, and moving on? If so, we have a recommendation for you.

A story that will touch the hearts of the readers because of the story’s tragic events and how the characters deal with them. They battled pain with love and grew stronger for the people they loved. The story of Sandy Valentine is called “Sam’s Shadow.”

Sam’s Shadow by Sandy Valentine

Without warning, a tragedy hit our family. Our son-in-law committed suicide! With a death like this, there are no answers to our questions. There were no visible illnesses or health problems that were life-threatening. The death of this successful young man came from nowhere! My daughter, her husband, and their beautiful three-year-old daughter, Samantha Jo, seemed to be a happy family. It was devastating to see the pain my daughter had to go through. It was hard for Samantha to see her mom’s sadness and not understand why. 

The scar left on Samantha’s heart will change her life forever. Could a new companion help Sam cope with the world collapsing around her? What you are about to read are Samantha’s thoughts and memories. My heart is saddened by anyone who has been in the deepest depths of suicide. There is only one question, and that is WHY?! BUT THERE IS NO ONE THERE TO ANSWER!

My name is Sandy, and I would like to share a few thoughts with you. When I was much younger, many years ago, I would write little plays around Halloween. My daughters and a few friends would help me with my ideas and play my characters. I’d call them and ask them if they could help. They just hung up; they knew I was up to something. They would always call back later. We made a lot of memories together. Their family grew, and their free time was spent with their new families.

I started to write about my grandchildren: Sam and Shadow, Delaine and Buffy, Sydney and her purple castle, Avery, a dancing bunny, and Bradon, a bee who teaches us a lesson in kindness. Five are done, and ten are left.

Our future is unknown, as is the future of our loved ones. The feelings and pain people carry daily are only visible to them unless they tell others. However, opening up is not easy, and neither is letting go. Even when we see our loved ones laugh, smile, or make jokes, we’ll never know if they are okay unless we try to ask. Love and kindness can be a big help to someone. There are many lessons in life that we will learn along the way, and this is one of them.

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