Wednesday, October 31, 2012

A Thousand Sleepless Nights -Review

This week, the
Christian Fiction Blog Alliance
is introducing
A Thousand Sleepless Nights
Realms (October 16, 2012)
Michael King


When Mike Dellosso won a one-year battle with colon cancer he set out to help readers of his books discover it before they had to go through what he experienced.

“I want others to avoid what I had to go through,” he says. “It was an experience that taught me a lot about myself, others, and God, but one I wouldn’t want to repeat. If I can help even one person battling this disease, it would have been worth it.”

Mike set about writing a novel quite different from what his fan base had come to expect from him. Not a thriller, but a character-driven novel, so he wrote it under a pen name, Michael King, and entitled it A Thousand Sleepless Nights. His publisher, Charisma Media, went for it and the first copies went on sale in October.

Mike’s next step was to determine whether a partnership between him, Charisma Media, and the Colon Cancer Alliance was possible. This month both announced their cooperative fundraising venture, with Charisma Media making a significant contribution to CCA and Mike committing a portion of the proceeds from the book through December to CCA.

Speaking about A Thousand Sleepless Nights Mike says, “I want people to see colon cancer (and all the other cancers) for the monster it is, but also to show it does not need to defeat us. There is hope, there is strength, and there is courage and love. And though cancer may rob us of our physical vitality, it has no power over our spirit.”


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?

If you would like to read the first chapter of A Thousand Sleepless Nights, go HERE.

My thoughts:  This book is full of raw emotions.  I was saddened, I cried, I filled with joy, I rejoiced.  Yeap this book is really good and will make you question all the decisions you've made as a parent or help you to realize what type of parent you want to be when you become one.  I loved the book and recommend everyone read it.

I received a copy of this for free to read as part of the CFBA. However, all opinions in this post are mine and not influenced by others. I was not compensated in anyway for this review other than a copy of the book

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  1. wow the book sounds good thanks for letting us know about your story and the book

  2. What a great way to do something after an experience like Mike went through. Talking about cancer instead of hiding. Thanks for the review.

  3. I so admire him for sharing his battle with colon cancer. My grandmother died of colon cancer in July.

  4. Wow, what a moving book I'm sure this is - I will definitely have to check it out. Thank you!

  5. Man what a book. I think it's great that he is writing about his experience. I know some one that just found out they have colon cancer I am going to read this book and also give them a copy. I think it will help them cope with the finding out of him having cancer.

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  6. It would be great to actually read his own story - but I know that might be too personal, so I'm glad he was at least able to get some of it out through fiction!

  7. Ooh, that sounds like my kind of story. Thanks for a great review!

  8. Added this to my list of books to read. At first, it didn't seem like the type of book I would like to read. However, I am open to expanding my horizons and since this book has gotten so many good reviews I will definitely read it.

  9. This sounds like a good one. I enjoy stories about human relationships and reconciliation.

  10. Sounds like a great book, I can't wait to read it :)

  11. Thanks for the great review. This sounds like such an amazing and uplifting story! Just the kind I like to read!