Please Don’t Cry
My husband and I have a long standing and very close friend who lives in the UK and he often visits us here in France. He has a sister, Jane Plume, whom we have met several times.
One day I talked to our friend about my passion for writing. He mentioned that his sister Jane had written a book and told me why.
Before she wrote the book, Jane was a single mum following a separation from her husband and lived in Leicestershire with three children. She had a best friend, Gina, who was married with two young boys. Jane and Gina were as close as sisters and the two family groups spent a great deal of time doing things together.
At work, one afternoon Jane received a telephone call from Gina’s mother. Gina had been killed in a tragic car accident.
Following the accident, and with the agreement of her children, they all moved into Gina’s home and Jane gave up her job, not only to take care of Gina’s children but also to act as a carer to Gina’s husband who had been diagnosed with terminal cancer. Sadly he died of his illness around two years later.
One of Jane’s daughters entered Jane for the Leicester Mercury ‘Mum of the Year award.’ More than sixty entrants had been nominated. Jane won the title. There was a lot of local publicity and Jane was approached and asked to write about her experiences. Our friend told me that Jane was delighted to write the book but unsure about her capability. The publishers assured her they would edit and improve the wording if necessary. When Jane sent them the finished manuscript they told her the wording was perfect and they didn’t change anything.
I bought a copy of the book and one night began to read it in bed with the intention of going to sleep after reading a chapter or two. It was almost dawn when I finally laid the book down after turning over the last page. Jane tells her story of selfless love and the tears and laughter of coping with five children and caring for a terminally sick friend whilst she was struggling with grief over her own family losses at the same time.
As a person I admire the noble and unselfish support Jane gave to her best friend’s family which she continues to give to this day, now as legal guardian to Gina’s boys. As a writer I stand in awe of her book. Her story is told from the heart, her words incredibly moving and the book is simply unputdownable, a verity which has been echoed by others who have read it.
For more information visit: http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2353424/Selfless-mother-best-friend-died-car-crash-takes-care-orphaned-children-promising-them.html
‘Please Don’t Cry by Jane Plume is available on Amazon.