Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite
Reflections of Sandra: The Inspirational Story of How a Mother’s Passing Brought Her Daughter to Life by Michelle Heynen is a poignant account of a daughter who speaks about her mother’s passing and how she realized the importance of appreciating the people who are in our lives today. The book reminds readers to live every second of their lives as if it is their last, and she also gives strength to readers to find the light inside their darkness. The author’s courage, insight, life struggles, and her vision of handling grief and discovering a new way of life will help all those who are struggling with loss and pain.
I found the book heartrending and the story and the author’s way of looking at life after her loss will be comforting to many readers, and provide them with solace and hope. The author speaks about her mother’s battle with cancer, the difficult moments of handling emotions during that phase, and the life altering lessons that are hidden inside sorrow. The loss of Michelle Heynen's mother and the journey taken by her are uplifting and will help readers find the meaning of being alive by guiding them to discover a purpose worth fighting for, and to see the deeper meaning of death.
I like the way the topic has been handled; very controlled and toned-down-sentiments without being over emotional and dramatic when it comes to expressing sorrow and pain. The author has positive messages for readers through her story of loss, courage, overcoming grief, and healing. She gives hope to everyone and encourages them find beauty and purpose in the darkness they have faced so that they can find faith in life again and emerge as winners.