The Milestone Tapes

The Milestone Tapes

by Ashley Mackler Paternostro


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The Milestone Tapes by Ashley Mackler Paternostro

The only thing Jenna Chamberland ever wanted in her life was to be a good wife and a good mom. In death, she'll find that she still wants the same things.

With stage-four breast cancer, a terminal diagnosis and six months to live, Jenna fears what awaits her family after she is gone: Her husband, Gabe, will be left to raise their daughter alone, and Mia, only seven years old, will be forced to face a world without her mother.

Ten blank tapes to teach her daughter everything she'll ever need to know.

Dead before Mia ever really got to know her, Jenna exists now only in pictures and watercolored memories, and Mia finds herself struggling to remember her mother in a way that feels real. But on the ninth anniversary of Jenna's death, she will return to her daughter through a series of audiocassettes. One tape each of the milestones of Mia's life, and with them, a letter explaining that Mia should only listen to the tapes when the time is right.

With the help of her mother's long-gone voice, Mia may just learn how to embrace the challenges and triumphs of her ever-changing life with humor, grace and a lot of hope.

Rereleased for its second anniversary, the novel that book bloggers have called "beautiful" and "unforgettable" returns with new content and tapes never before read.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781468150063
Publisher: CreateSpace Publishing
Publication date: 02/19/2012
Pages: 400
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.50(h) x 0.89(d)

About the Author

Ashley Mackler-Paternostro is the author of The Milestone Tapes and the Amazon Top 100 Best Selling novel The Walk Away. Her shorter works can be found in the anthology Holiday Wishes - A Collection for a Children's Charity and on Ashley lives in a suburb of Chicago, Illinois with her husband and their three dogs. More information can be found by visiting

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Cecile-Sune-Book-Obsessed More than 1 year ago
Jenna Chamberland has breast cancer, and she is dying. She is trying to make the most of her time left with her husband, Gabe, and their 6-year-old daughter, Mia. She also decides to reach out to her estranged sister, Sophia, before it’s too late. In order to be part of her daughter’s life, Jenna records 10 tapes about the future big events in her girl’s existence. And while she talks about first love or graduation, she wants to make sure Mia understands how special she is. The Milestone Tapes is a sad but beautiful story about the bond between a mother and a daughter.  I was first drawn by the gorgeous cover, but the narrative won me over. The novel has two parts: Book One tells the story of Jenna, and Book Two takes place 9 years later when Mia is 16. The idea for the novel came to Ashley Mackler-Paternostro when she went on a trip to the Olympic Peninsula with her husband. When she came back home in Chicago, she started writing, and let the tale unfold. The title came before she even put pen to paper. I really enjoyed this book ; however, I thought it was a shame that the author didn’t use all 10 tapes within the story. She added the last 5 tapes at the end of the novel in the second edition because of the comments she received from her early readers. The author decided not to incorporate the tapes because she let the characters tell the story, and the milestones never came up. However, it would have been great if the novel was a bit longer, and the last 5 tapes were included in the narrative. In addition, the book was well written but there were a lot of spelling mistakes and missing words, and it distracted the reader from the story. While I found The Milestone Tapes interesting and inspiring, there were some flaws that could have been prevented. But since this was Ashley Mackler-Paternostro’s first book, I think she did very well. I would be curious to read her second book, In the After. The Milestone Tapes was sent to me for free in exchange for an honest review. Please go to my blog, Cecile Sune - Bookobsessed, if you would like to read more reviews or discover fun facts about books and authors.