The Hope Mother

The Hope Mother

by Judy Scognamillo

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The Hope Mother by Judy Scognamillo

Life is a journey that does not end at death.

When Pam's life ends in a suspicious accident at age twenty-six, she finds herself in a Heaven completely different from what she had ever imagined. It takes time for Pam to accept her death, and when she does, Fara, her assigned guide, informs her that to move forward into her eternal existence, they must first view Pam's entire earthly life. It is during this viewing that Pam learns she is a Hope Mother, the title given to women who lost an infant on earth before that child was able to take even one breath of air. These children are called Angel Babies, and Pam must fulfill her Hope Mother obligation by locating hers through a search of Heaven's vast territories. Only then will they be allowed to be reborn to fulfill their earthly journey, and Pam can move on in her afterlife.

But Earth has been invaded by an evil force that follows Pam into Heaven and creates havoc by interrupting the viewing. Fara seeks assistance from Archangel Michael, who soon discovers it is Lucifer himself who is determinedly seeking to claim Pam as his chosen one--placing all of Heaven's occupants at risk.

The Hope Mother is a unique and uplifting debut novel that offers an alternative view of the afterlife. Anyone who has ever lost someone special--whether it is a child, a relative, a friend, or even a beloved pet--will find comfort and hope in this story.

Product Details

BN ID: 2940150339958
Publisher: Outskirts Press, Inc.
Publication date: 09/02/2014
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 321
File size: 556 KB

About the Author

Judy Scognamillo is currently a member of the Palm Springs Writers Guild. The year she joined, she won two of their monthly writing challenges which gave her the confidence she needed to finish and publish her first novel, ‘The Hope Mother’. Much of her novel takes place in her home state of North Dakota and also in San Diego, California where she resided for twenty five years. Judy and her husband, Pete, now live in Rancho Mirage, California.

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The Hope Mother 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Very good book. I loved how the author went from the womans life on earth and connected it to her life in Heaven. It was so different from what i thought it would be. The story will stay with me for a long time.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
Definitely a page turner
ReadersFavorite1 More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite The Hope Mother by Judy Scognamillo is an unusual and unconventional story with a spiritual vibe. Pam realizes that life does not end with death. She finds herself in a place which borders Heaven after her death. There she meets Fara, her guide, who tells her that before she moves forward into Heaven, they need to view her earthly life completely. Here Pam is informed that she is a Hope Mother, a woman who has lost her baby before it was born. These babies are termed Angel Babies and are allowed to be born again to complete their earthly journey. The book gives an uplifting outlook on the afterlife and gives readers who have lost a loved one a sense of hope and comfort. I enjoyed the book thoroughly. The plot is original and positive, and weaves hope through the minds of readers. The story has many dimensions and keeps readers engrossed until the very end. The characters are well sketched and the fight between good and evil also forms an integral part of the story. The narration is descriptive and detailed, and it's a book for those who believe in Heaven and the afterlife. The presence of Angels in the story is peaceful and comforting. The presence of God, Hope Mother, Angel Babies, our undying soul and the deceptiveness of the Devil are themes that have been handled well as the story progresses. The book is an excellent read and will fascinate even those readers who are not religious.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
“The Hope Mother” provides us with an imaginative tale of a woman’s life and death as she finds herself in a near-Heaven place, or “boundary area” of Heaven. She learns how unborn souls fit into the meaning of this place, and the question at hand seems to be what happens to those who are conceived and for some reason unborn? Without ever posing the question directly, or entering into any theological hypothesis as to the beginning and saving of a soul, the author answers with her Hope Mother quest, that is, to find in this near-Heaven area, her “Angel Babies” and to facilitate their start to an earthly life. Scognamillo’s descriptions of characters and setting provide an aura of peacefulness that projects a welcome feeling of what Heaven might be like. God’s love permeates the story through Archangels, human characters, and even a dog hero. And there is a human love story that features a woman and a man facing the Devil’s most deceptive advances. At a time when pulpit orators find a never ending list of subjects to confront, they often avoid the very existence of hell and the Devil. The Hope Mother shows his persistence and never ending quest for our souls. It is not for us to know or understand all the Heavenly hows and whys. Scognamillo fearlessly proceeds through her tale without bother as to most of that, and we as well need to enter into just a slice of imaginary thinking to make this book the great read that it is. gfg
August5 More than 1 year ago
I loved this book. Very creative story line and view of what happens in the afterlife. Characters are interesting and never a boring point in the book. Am looking forward to reading more books from this author.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
This book has and alternative view of the afterlife, which was refreshing. The author did an excellent job of grabbing my interest from the very beginning and the ending was magnificent; it gave me chills and was completely engaging. It had good character development and flowed well. It was one of those stories that you didn't want to end.