Jeannie's husband of forty years died suddenly while out of town on business. She was left stunned and devastated. The Long Ride Home is a candid account of her struggle to get her life back. Through her journal entries, she takes the reader through the first two years of her grief, always straightforward and honest and often humorous. No holds are barred as she shares her fear, her pain, her anger, her loss, and her love. This is a powerful testimony that life goes on while grieving and healing and making happiness a choice. An inspiration to a grieving heart!
It takes courage to share the rawest of human emotions and thoughts in the journey of grieving. This rare look into the bleeding of loss and heart break is an invaluable source of wisdom. Through the acceptance of the actuality of the present (no matter how painful, frightening, and undesirable) healing comes about. Between the words and the pages, we get to watch it unfold and be discovered.
-Donna Crawford, author of Developing Emotional Intelligence, Chicago, IL
The Long Ride Home is a powerful true story of the journey from fear and hopelessness to a place of self-discovery and renewed happiness after the sudden death of the author's husband. This book serves as an inspiration to all who have lost a loved one and one I'm happy to recommend to friends and those I meet through my interactions with victims of crime or sudden death. Read The Long Ride Home and then send a copy to all you know who could use a hand up through their own difficult live journeys, you'll be glad you did.
-Patricia Hung, Police Constable and the mother of a murdered teen, Toronto, Canada.
The Long Ride Home by Jeannie Vansickle is a wonderful, heartfelt account of the sudden death of her husband. Her raw honest approach will make you laugh and make you cry. As you travel with Jeannie, she takes you through her journey of grief and acceptance as she finds her way to joy. A must read for everyone who has experienced the loss of a close loved one.
-Gretchen M. Fox, Certified Life Coach / SRT Consultant, Cincinnati, Ohio