A Thousand Sleepless Nights
A family torn apart by neglect and hurt…
And brought together again by a most unlikely force
In the 1970s, escaping a home where he knew nothing but violence and hate, Jim Harding found work, and love, on the largest horse ranch in Virginia. The object of his affections, Nena St. Claire, is the daughter of the owner—a man who ruled his ranch with an iron fist and would do whatever it took to keep Nena and Jim apart.
Against the wishes of her family, Nena marries Jim, and after her father dies, she sacrifices everything—including her family—to keep the ranch alive. Now their three grown children have lives of their own and want nothing to do with Nena. She was never the mother they needed.
When cancer strikes and Nena is given a devastating diagnosis, can Jim reconcile the family before it is too late?
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What others are saying . . .
King writes with wisdom about the complications of family relationships and creates a tribute to mothers with cancer in their family histories. He is able to vicariously give life to a husband who is fighting against time. The author brings each relationship full circle in light of God’s hope.
—RT Reviews, 4/4 Stars
A Thousand Sleepless Nights is an honest portrayal of life at its toughest, grace at its sweetest and forgiveness at its most powerful. Michael King’s beautiful, well-crafted story is one I will not soon forget.
–Ann Tatlock, Christy-award winning author of Promises to Keep
A Thousand Sleepless Nights brings an often under-discussed cancer to the spotlight and raises critical awareness. This touching novel explores the impact that colon cancer has on the patient as well as family members.
–Nicole Sheahan, Director of Community Outreach, Colon Cancer Alliance
I found A Thousand Sleepless Nights incredibly readable. You understand minute by minute what Jim and Nena are feeling and start to project and fill in the blanks of where the story might go becasue you have forgotten you are reading a book. 5 Star Read.
–Mike Hamaker, President, WellSpan Health System, VNA Home Care
Michael King has penned a heart-wrenching yet touching tale about a family torn apart at the seams. His ease of storytelling pulls readers right into the lives of people on the brink, people struggling with the cards life has dealt them. King delivers a message that no matter our circumstances, no matter our troubles, there is always hope. This family saga touches on all levels. Be sure to have a box of tissues handy!
—C. J. Darlington, Author of Thicker Than Blood and cofounder of TitleTrakk.com
A Thousand Sleepless Nights is a tender love story. A realistic reminder that cancer has no boundries; it doesn’t care how old you are, how much money you have, or who loves and needs you. This beautifully written tale is a reminder of the human spirit prevailing…love, forgiveness, courage, and dignity. A memorable read that touched me as a nurse, as a mother, as a daughter, as a sister, and as a woman.
–Deb Malpass, Nurse Manager, WellSpan VNA Home Care
A Thousand Sleepless Nights is a poignant, cautionary story that is beautifully written, reminding us that any success achieved at the expense of our family comes at a high price. I was impressed by Mr. King’s effective use of language to create visual images, which added a nice literary style to the novel without overshadowing its message. A touching and worthwhile read.
—Darrel Nelson, Author of The Anniversary Waltz and The Return of Cassandra Todd
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