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Future Confronted by [Rule, Louise]
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About the Author

Louise is 67 years old, and has been married to Dave for 47 years. They have two surviving sons, who, in turn, have five sons between them. Louise has a love of reading, writing, history and languages. Louise gained a BA (Hons) Degree in English in 2007 after going back into education in the late nineties. She is working on her next book, which is historical fiction, based in Scotland in the early fourteenth century.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 669 KB
  • Print Length: 180 pages
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B00NQCJEC4
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 13 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #548,703 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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Right from the word go i would like to say this isnt my usual type of book, i am more the swashbuckling historical drama type of a lad. However, that said i was intrigued after reading some of the authors blog i thought that i would give it a go. There is a reason why i rarely read books like this because the quality in which it is written and the raw emotions that it deals with can have a profound effect upon me and force me to confront demons within my own life.

But enough of me, to say this book is a great book does it a diservice. Books dealing with such powerful content should not be attached in any way labels which novels dealing with more mediocre content are far too often labelled with. The novel moves the reader but more than that, it allows the reader to experience the heart breaking sequence that can befall a family. A family that are just one of 'us', not a bunch of super hero's but are still faced with an ordeal that no family, especially parents could usually comphrehend.

Extremely well written

If i could have given it six stars i would have,

Robert
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This very touching story begins and ends with a beautiful poem written by the author that threatened tears even before I had properly begun reading the book. I've often said that there's catharsis in writing and I can tell by her prose, every word etched in pain, that Rule believes it too. An extremely sad story, and yet I found it to also be a tale filled with courage and the strength of the human spirit to carry on, even to death and beyond. Make no mistake, although I sincerely hope this book was ultimately a healing journey, it took a great deal of courage to write it, and Rule wrote it extremely well. Anyone who has lost a loved one will easily be able to identify with this story, and its utter sense of loss. Bravo to the author for her courage and dedication to the memory of her son, and her indomitable spirit for recounting such a tragic story - it was not possible to remain ambivalent, her skill pulled me into the tale and kept me there until the end. She has my deepest respect and admiration.
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I "know" Louise through social media networks. I bought Future Confronted, to support its launch but didn't read it straight away. To be honest I wondered, considering the graveness of the subject, whether I ever would. Then three days ago, at a loose end, I began reading.
It instantly grabbed me, I couldn't put the book down. At some points I felt almost guilty, as if I was intruding on a families' grief; but Louise, through her writing, assures the reader that the guilt is unfounded.
What could be worse than the natural order of things being broken, whereby a parent must bury a child? I admit that at times I wept reading this book, the courage shown by Louise, her husband Dave and especially the dignity shown by Rob, as the disease took its terrible toll of a young man in his prime, is truly inspiring.
I'm in awe of Louise for having the courage in sharing such personal grief. The writing is beautiful and a wonderful tribute to a wonderful young man the world was unjustly robbed of.
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This extraordinary book is really two books in one. The first is a heartbreaking, searingly personal, fiercely honest story of love and loss, and I cannot imagine anyone reading it without being profoundly moved. The second, woven in with the first, is a wise and compassionate effort to reach out to others - to people who are bereaved, people who want to help others through a bereavement, people who in their professional capacity need to find ways to help the bereaved or soon-to-be-bereaved without inadvertently making their situation even harder. It is a plea for understanding, for compassion, for humanity. It speaks with great candor and dignity of how people's words and actions affect those who are at the most vulnerable point in their lives.

Louise Rule has written a book that is brave and compassionate, honest and wise, painful yet often very beautiful. I think that somewhere her son Rob is very, very proud of her.
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What can I say about Future Confronted?

It is not a book I would normally have picked up 'off the' for a peruse. Not my usual fare. I became aware of the book because I have become acquainted with Louise on social networks and, having an idea what it was about, thought I really ought to read it.

Would I recommend it? There's a complicated question. Future Confronted is not a light read. It is harrowing in places and heart-rending and even terrifying. If is also a book full of hope and positivity in the end, but to reach the light, one must live through the dark night first.

Beautifully written, with smooth text and excellent imagery, FC is a true life tale; the story of a young man's life cut dreadfully short by a brain tumour. It gives us a taste of a happy family life and then takes us along for the ride as that life is torn to pieces with the most horrifying news.

We are treated in depth to all the feeling, the drama, the terror, the hollowness and the sadness of each stage of the story. From idyllic life, through discovery, conclusion, the awful end of young Rob, then the funeral, the coming to terms with what has happened, and finally discovering the strength and sheer will to go on without Rob, and build a new life in the wreckage of the old.

More than once I had to put the book down as it had troubled me with the reading, and on one occasion it brought me to tears, bringing back memories and feelings from when I lost my grandfather, which so far has been the most soul-crushing thing I experienced, as he was also my best friend. I fear that it will raise in your memory the demons of any serious loss you have suffered, but perhaps that is no bad thing.
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