Thousands of miles away from where her son was deployed, a powerful premonition is devastatingly confirmed by a knock on the door from two faceless strangers bearing the news that her son had stepped on an improvised explosive device in the poppy fields of Afghanistan, losing both of his legs and suffering multiple other injuries including partial amputation of all the fingers of his left hand. For 48 long days she stood at his bedside, praying and willing him to pull through.
Not only did he survive against all odds, but in time he began to test the limits of his new capabilities and undertakes the first of what will prove to be many physical challenges. Just 18 months after injury and as part of a team of 4 servicemen, he rows across the Atlantic Ocean for the first time.
Told mostly from a mother’s perspective with contributions by him, this is the story of an extraordinarily brave man who went through the agonies of rebuilding his life with the encouragement of family and friends.
This was never meant to be yet another book about war or Afghanistan; it is a message of how love and hope can overcome adversity and if even one reader can take hope from this story then … mission accomplished.
Bronwyn Royce has been a secretary, a gym instructor, a bookkeeper, a shop manager, and is now a watercolour artist who specialises in miniature paintings.
Born in South Africa during the apartheid era, she saw the country transformed when Nelson Mandela came into power in 1994. She has lived with her family on a farm without electricity or running water, survived a devastating fire, emigrated to the United Kingdom, and been through a life-changing experience with her son.
Despite all of this, she still feels that her greatest achievement is bringing up two amazingly adven...
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