The Lullaby Lost by Paul William Barada, J. Michael Mclaughlin
Paul Bradshaw was orphaned as an infant over fifty years ago. His father, a professional musician, suddenly died of a heart attack when Paul was eight days old. Within a year, his mother was gone, as well; ".died of a broken heart," he was always told. He had always accepted this explanation without question.
Now, as a grown man and father of three boys approaching their own tentative adulthood, the rusting, armor of Bradshaw's youthful idealism begins to fail him in mid-life. At the edges of a mental crisis, Paul receives a package offering him tantalizing clues to a past he's long denied. He decides a fuller, deeper reckoning with his true background is clearly overdue. But where do you go to learn truths lovingly kept from you for half a lifetime? Where do you go to find an identity you can't recall?
Bradshaw embarks on a journey of discovery that ends in a radical hypnotherapy of many months. He mysteriously crosses the boundaries of time and space to "visit" 1940s Indiana and Culver Military Academy just as World War II is winding down. There he encounters the parents he never knew and the spark of parental love he missed as a child is kindled into a beguiling, fascinating flame. It illuminates Paul's life in new and unexpected ways, not all of them happy or ideal. As Paul interacts with his parents approaching their ultimate fate (and his own looms ahead on the horizon), does he intercede to change their destiny? Can he? Should he? Will he dare to try? What is real and what is fantasy? Ultimately, Paul learns what he is supposed to find in the gift of this "impossible" second chance?
For anyone who has ever wanted to reach beyond the here and now to touch what might have been, The Lullaby Lost is a must-read. Here is a love story that breaks all the rules about time and memory, life and death. In the tradition of "Field of Dreams," The Lullaby Lost is an unforgettable story about one man's quest to fill an indefinable emptiness in his life -- transcending the limits of reality. It restores one's faith in the amazing power of love.