5 out of 5 stars. “Very moving. I recognize that the book has a greater appeal for the female audience. . .but all sensitive men can benefit greatly from reading it. I want all three of my ladies (wife and two daughters) and both my sons-in-law to read the book. It serves as a primer and encouragement for those facing enormous family struggles and gives hope and promise to those who are suffering and crying out for help. The greatest compliment I can give: the book made me cry.” - Stan Cooper
5 out of 5 stars. “This book is extremely well written and you won’t want to put it down until you’ve read the very last page. Even then, the characters will continue to stick with you. I liked this book very much and would definitely recommend it.” – Lisa Knox (Librarian) for NetGalley
5 out of 5 stars. “Family Inheritance by Terri Ann Leidich is a heartbreaking story of three sisters struggling through their adult life as a result of the childhood abuse they suffered. Their Mother is dying, they all return home and are reunited. With the help of each other they decide they deserve so much better and set about to make changes in their lives. This is an emotional book which I had to stop several times to wipe the tears before I could read more. I enjoyed reading this and found it to be a real page-turner, I look forward to more by this author.
My favorite quote from the book is… Maybe her childhood and her past were like any other family inheritance. It all depended on what she did with it.” - Kimberly Scott for NetGalley
5 out of 5 stars. “Family Inheritance is a well written book that deals with serious social issues. The emotions contained in the book seem very real to me and at times felt gut-wrenching. From the very first page I was drawn into the drama and I had to keep turning the pages to see what would happen next.
The writing style flows smoothly and this was a quick easy read (although at times the emotional turmoil was hard to read about). The writing was raw and emotional, descriptive and informative. The characters are well developed, well rounded and three dimensional. You cannot help being drawn to them and into their worlds.
I would recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a well written fictional story, that is based on some sad truths of our society. And to anyone who enjoys an emotional, thought provoking read. This is the first book that I have red from this author and I am looking forward to reading more of her books.” – Mary Brown for NetGalley
For a Grieving Heart
“When someone is grieving over the loss of a loved one, it is often hard to know how to be there for them, even though we want to. With the poetry and verse she wrote during her own journey through the grief of losing her son, along with photography that supports the emotion of her words, Terri Ann Leidich has created a book that can speak for us. Designed to be a gift for someone in grief, this book puts words to emotions, gives feelings to the confusion, and lends hope at a time that can feel hopeless.”
“I love this gift book. I recently had a friend who lost a loved one and I gave her this book, and she can’t stop thanking me. The beautiful poetry and gorgeous pictures work so well together. Even though the subject is grief, reading through this book brings a kind of peace. I would really think about buying this book for people you know who are grieving!”
“This book is a wonder! Even though it addresses a tough subject, the writer takes you on a real, raw and honest journey through grief. Only someone who has actually walked that road can truly understand the feelings, emotions and pain that come with it. Ms.Leidich shares her real emotions throughout the ordeal of losing her son and how her life changed. What a great read!”
“If I had to use one word to describe this book it would be “powerful”. This review comes from the heart of a grieving mother as I have also lost a child. Terri’s journey through her first year is a difficult one, but one I am familiar with. It has provided for me a comfort knowing that I am not alone on my journey, or in my experiences. It has inspired me and given me hope that I will not only survive this, but find a way to be whole again.”
“An intimate, thoughtful and respectful treasure.”
From a Grieving Mother’s Heart
“From a Grieving Mother’s Heart by Terri Ann Leidich is a mother’s journal after the death of her son. What does one feel when awakened with a telephone call that informs her that her son has been in an accident? Only twenty years old, Terri’s son’s short life was ended while on a trip to McDonald’s, thus beginning his mother’s grief. From having to say goodbye, to the funeral, to the days that lay ahead, Terri’s life was changed. Yes, she believes in God and knows her son is in a better place, but she can’t help question why God chose to take her son from her. From celebrating his birthday with friends, to visiting his grave as often as possible, to wondering how the man who hit her son got away with the things he has done, Terri has a hard time living with her grief even though the rest of the family moves on. Through ups and downs, pain and laughter, she manages to get through it.
This is a powerful story in which the author takes the reader on a journey of struggling with the grief that has left her heart with an empty space. Only someone who has gone through such an ordeal can understand what she went through. With such beautiful poetry throughout the book, one cannot help but feel the torment and grief that the mother went through. If you know someone who has gone through this, then I would highly recommend this book as a gift. Not only will this help her to survive, as did Terri, it will make her whole again. It’s a beautiful book.”
“This book is a wonder! Even though it addresses a tough subject, the writer takes you on a real, raw, and honest journey through grief. Only someone who has actually walked that road can truly understand the feelings, emotions, and pain that come with it. Ms.Leidich shares her real emotions throughout the ordeal of losing her son and how her life changed. What a great read!”
“I have started reading your book, From A Grieving Mother’s Heart… so powerful, Terri! I have to read it in small doses. It takes me right back to the day. It’s like I read a day, and then I have to stop and write for awhile. I have a hard time describing how it moves me. It is difficult but in a good way. It makes me want to travel back in time and wrap my arms around you to comfort you and myself. It says to me that I am not alone, and there is someone out there who experienced and felt everything I have. WOW… It is just powerful the way it affects me.”
“Beautifully written heartbreaking look into a grieving mother’s heart! Definitely a tear jerker. I personally have not lost a child but lost both parents. One at age 11 and the other at age 20. I remember how hard it was and how different coping with each one was. I can only imagine the pain you must have gone through and still do on a daily basis. I know even to this day the smallest thing triggers a memory from so many years ago. I think anyone that reads this book will be deeply moved by it and I wish the author the strength and love to cope on a daily basis! Thank you so much for sharing your heart and feelings!”