Chasing Rainbows

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Things aren’t looking so good for Bernadette Murphy.

With the breakup of her marriage, the sudden death of her father, and the announcement of her best friend’s pregnancy, Bernadette finds herself careening toward rock bottom. So why stop short? She quits her job, gets herself banned — for life — from the mall, and goes on a late-night infomercial spending spree. To top it all off, her dog gets kicked out of obedience school — again.

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Overview

Things aren’t looking so good for Bernadette Murphy.

With the breakup of her marriage, the sudden death of her father, and the announcement of her best friend’s pregnancy, Bernadette finds herself careening toward rock bottom. So why stop short? She quits her job, gets herself banned — for life — from the mall, and goes on a late-night infomercial spending spree. To top it all off, her dog gets kicked out of obedience school — again.

Just when she thinks there’s nothing left for the universe to throw at her, she discovers the one thing she needs the most: a reminder of her father’s love. In the book of cryptograms he left behind, Bernie’s father helps guide her through the pain that’s consuming her. With each solved puzzle, her father’s encoded lessons give Bernie the courage to face life head-on. And as her father always said, “In life, you either choose to sing a rainbow, or you don’t.”

For Bernie, the singing is about to begin.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781466443723
  • Publisher: CreateSpace
  • Publication date: 11/2/2011
  • Pages: 264
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.66 (d)

Meet the Author

A long time ago, in an elementary school far, far away, a very young Kathleen Long scribbled a story idea in her journal. Then she wrote another, and another. She added several poems, the lyrics to a song or two, a love letter to David Cassidy, and so on and so on.

While her early writings never saw the light of day, many of her later works did. And while she didn’t end up with David Cassidy, Kathleen did marry her own Prince Charming. Together, they are raising one drama queen and one obedience-challenged border collie mix in a kingdom divided between suburban Philadelphia and the Jersey Shore.

The author of thirteen novels, Kathleen has been nominated for a RITA® and has won a RIO Award and two Gayle Wilson Awards of Excellence. Her additional honors include National Readers Choice, Holt Medallion, and Booksellers Best award nominations. She spends her time plotting her next book, bribing her little one to pick up her toys, and begging the dog to heel.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 13, 2012

    Awesome Book

    This was one of the best books I've read in a long time. It was funny, sad, happy...it felt real. I've lost a parent and I can relate to the main characters grief and getting through it...

    2 out of 2 people found this review helpful.

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  • Posted March 8, 2012

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    Funny and real

    Bernadette "Bernie" Murphy has just lost her father. She is wrapping herself around him being gone, while simultaneously (and secretively) dealing with her husband who left her. Bernie is no stranger to loss and heartache, but the accumulation of loss and a book of cryptograms her father left her seem to be the wake-up call she has needed for some time and is reluctantly facing reality.

    Chasing Rainbows is a story about finding acceptance and learning how to walk through the downpours of life is the only way to find the rainbows.

    Overall, I enjoyed the book. It seems odd to say I enjoyed the book, when Chasing Rainbows deals with some very serious situations. Bernie is struggling with losing her father, her marriage, she doesn't know what's next, and finally realizing she has yet to really deal with the grief of losing her tiny baby. I connected to Bernie, as I lost my mother and shortly after I went through three miscarriages (not the same, but generally speaking). And when I couldn't relate I had empathy for her. The dark place where Bernie was at is a very real place. Bernie had to walk through all of this empty, dark grief while also realizing how those around her were all dealing with their grief in differently than her.

    For such heavy subject matter, Kathleen Long wrote a book that was enjoyable and uplifting all at the same time. Bernie is really a fun character you won’t be able to help, but root for. I recommend Chasing Rainbows. Only after we walk through the storms of our lives, can we sit back and see the rainbows.

    1 out of 1 people found this review helpful.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted May 17, 2012

    Awsome Book

    I thought it was great. It had you laughing, crying and shaking your head at times. I didnt want it to end. Totally recommend.

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  • Posted April 19, 2012

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    LOVED this book

    "In life, you either choose to sing a rainbow, or you don't. Keep singing."

    CHASING RAINBOWS by Kathleen Long is a stunning novel that addresses loss on many levels and the strength and courage that comes from taking one step at a time.

    "Steps were steps. Steps were good. Steps were the only things that were going to save me. They were the things that were going to carry me forward, out of my old life and into my new one. " (Long, p.344, e-book)

    Long's main character, Bernadette, was a flawed and grief stricken yet loveable character that any reader would root for. "Bernie" had a lot on her plate, with the sudden death of her father, news from a friend that forced her to face some hard truths and the struggle to find love after heartbreak. CHASING RAINBOWS is about finding the happy moments and moving forward no matter how difficult it may be.

    "Sometimes the happy moments of your life came in a rush, overwhelming in their lightness and brightness. Sometimes those same moments lingered in the recesses of memory, assurances that no matter how bad things might seem, happier times would come again" (Long, p. 47, e-book)

    I absolutely loved CHASING RAINBOWS (4 stars). I felt lucky to witness Bernie letting go of the hurt and finding the happy moments in life a few steps at a time. I highly recommend this read!!!

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  • Posted March 6, 2012

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    stunning novel

    "In life, you either choose to sing a rainbow, or you don't. Keep singing."

    CHASING RAINBOWS by Kathleen Long is a stunning novel that addresses loss on many levels and the strength and courage that comes from taking one step at a time.

    "Steps were steps. Steps were good. Steps were the only things that were going to save me. They were the things that were going to carry me forward, out of my old life and into my new one. " (Long, p.344, e-book)

    Long's main character, Bernadette, was a flawed and grief stricken yet loveable character that any reader would root for. "Bernie" had a lot on her plate, with the sudden death of her father, news from a friend that forced her to face some hard truths and the struggle to find love after heartbreak. CHASING RAINBOWS is about finding the happy moments and moving forward no matter how difficult it may be.

    "Sometimes the happy moments of your life came in a rush, overwhelming in their lightness and brightness. Sometimes those same moments lingered in the recesses of memory, assurances that no matter how bad things might seem, happier times would come again" (Long, p. 47, e-book)

    I absolutely loved CHASING RAINBOWS (4 stars). I felt lucky to witness Bernie letting go of the hurt and finding the happy moments in life a few steps at a time. I highly recommend this read!!!

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  • Anonymous

    Posted February 5, 2012

    Inspirational

    Very sad at times. Realistic journey of a woman who has truely hit rock bottom. Characters worth rooting for.

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  • Posted February 4, 2012

    loved it

    Maybe it was just the right book at the right time for me but I loved it. Great characters and a wonderful story.

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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 28, 2012

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    Great read

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