Meanwhile, Helen Bradley, Jill’s mother, has a secret. She’s dedicated her life to her family and the thought of this secret tearing them apart haunts her. But all hidden things have an expiration date, and it’s getting difficult to tell what might hurt her daughter more: keeping or sharing it.
I Know You’re There is a mother-daughter journey, celebrating the highs and delving into the lows of family life. Can the power of love heal all things?
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About the Author
Susan Allison-Dean is a nurse who retired from traditional practice in 1999, after working thirteen years as a Wound, Ostomy, Continence Clinical Nurse Specialist. She found a second career in gardening after working in a garden center and completing an organic gardening internship at Highgrove Garden in England. She now co-owns Naturescapes with her landscape designer husband, Robert. She has authored several clinical and horticulture articles and was a contributing author to the bestselling book, Touched By A Nurse. She is passionate about the sea and loves exploring tropical islands. She extends this passion by doing volunteer work benefitting dolphins and whales. Sue splits her time between Armonk, New York and Cary, North Carolina, with her husband and English bulldog, Bubba.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Reviewed by Lorena Sanqui for Readers' Favorite Jill met with an accident on her way home from a double shift in the hospital. The passengers of the other car were parents on their way to the hospital to give birth. Upon waking up from her coma, Jill learned that both the parents were killed but the baby was saved. Soon, Jill’s perfect life seems to be crumbling and another bomb is dropped when she goes home to learn some secrets that have affected her throughout her whole life. Confused and hurt, Jill decides on a whim to go to Triton Island to recuperate from her losses and pains. I Know You’re There by Susan Allison-Dean is the story of someone who tries very hard to save others’ lives when her own also needs saving. I Know You’re There is an inspiring delight to read. It has family, love, some mystery, and all the good elements of a book. The plot flowed easily and smoothly. The characters were likable, dynamic and seemed to be great people. The emotions were portrayed well so that I can sympathize with Jill with all that was going on with her life. Jill is strong and resilient, making her my favorite character of the book. And I like the idea of nurses having superpowers. I feel like a lot has happened before the epilogue that wasn't mentioned so I want to know more about that. But there is going to be a sequel, so that might be it. Can’t wait to read the next book.
Nurse Jill Bradley has her life all put together. Great job, amazing co workers, handsome long term boyfriend, and a supportive family. Until she awakes in an icu ward after an accident where the passengers of the other car were killed but a new born baby survives. When Jill moves back home to rehab she learns that her family has not told her all the truths. She runs away to an exotic island. Will she hide from her problems? Will she face them and move on with her life? This is a first novel for Susan Allison-Dean. Never knowing what you will find when you open a book, especially a first book, I kept a very open mind. As I started this book early one morning I know that I found a book that would touch my heart and keep me reading all day long. This is not a light and fluffy read. It touches on some very tough subjects such as loss of a parent, cheating, and causing a death. I Know You're There handled each of these subjects with the respect they deserve and made this a very heart touching novel. Jill is an amazing character. She has a tough job as a nurse and is the type of nurse you hope will be there when you or a loved one find the need for one. Even as Jill was doing her own recovery she still put herself second. She was a co worker, friend, sister, and most of all a daughter before she took care of herself. People like that are rare. In many books I find myself wishing something was different. In this book I was very happy and satisfied with the whole thing. I would not change a thing. If you are looking for a easy read that touches on heavy subjects, I will highly recommend this book to you.
Could hardly put this book down. Great new author found!
In her debut novel, author Susan Allison-Dean weaves an intriguing story that delves into the intricacies of a mother-daughter relationship and family dynamics, the experiences of life's ups and downs, and a journey of self-discovery. Jill Bradley is a nurse in the adult medical-surgical unit at Riverview Hospital in NYC. After working a double shift, Jill is involved in a car accident on her way home. She hit a car head on with a young couple who were on their way to the hospital to deliver their baby. The couple was fatally injured in the collision, but their newborn baby was delivered and survived. The guilt from the tragedy of the car accident coupled with finding out hidden family secrets, and a devastating loss within her family will change Jill's life forever. Unable to cope with life's traumatic ups and downs, Jill escapes to the Caribbean Island of Triton where she seeks refuge and embarks on a journey of self-discovery, healing, and romance. Set in NYC and the Caribbean Island of Triton, this poignant story is told in an alternating first person narrative by Jill and her mother Helen. As their story moves between the past and the present, Jill and Helen easily draws the reader into their lives, you can't help but become captivated and embark on a emotional roller coaster ride as their life stories unfold. Dealing with tragedy and guilt, family secrets and betrayal, loss and self-doubt, Jill's journey on the Caribbean island is aided by the spirit of her mother via her journal, and a romantic encounter that will guide Jill in her self-discovery, healing, and enable her to move forward with her life. The story is broken down into two parts: the first section deals with the intricacies of the mother-daughter relationship between Jill and Helen, while the second section describes Jill's internal journey on the Caribbean island. I thought that the story flowed seamlessly between the alternating timelines and the unfolding of the mother-daughter internal stories. I connected with both Jill and Helen, their relationship took me back to the relationship that I had with my mother. I could relate to their complicated relationship and family dynamic, the painful loss of the mother had me in tears. The author draws upon her previous nursing experience to describe a realistic picture of the medical field and nursing in particular. As a nursing home administrator, I completely agree with the author's depiction of the issues that nurses face on a daily basis as caregivers, they really are the unsung heroes in the medical field. What I enjoyed most of all about this story was Jill's journey on Triton Island. It was filled with wonderful descriptions of the island setting, and it had a more lighthearted feel as Jill's inner journey to self-discovery and healing is aided by a sweet island romance. I Know You're There is a touching and emotional story about the power of love and the ability to heal and move forward after life has thrown unexpected curves.