Thursday, May 8, 2014

A Book Review & GIVEAWAY! The Candace Kate Story

I have to be honest with you. When the invitation came to be part of the book launch team for Nancy Fileccia’s book, More Than a Memory, the Candace Kate Story I was hesitant. 

Which is so unlike me. I am up to review anything. I would probably review the phone book if anyone asked (is anyone using the phone book anymore?). This is the thing. The main premise of the story made me uncomfortable. 

Family adopts a beautiful little girl. I can handle that one. We have been through that beautiful journey ourselves (though ours was not an international adoption). But then Family loses beautiful little girl to Batten Disease. I wasn’t sure I wanted to hear the story. Thankfully, I made the commitment and I am sooo, sooo glad I did. 

Last year, I did a review for (TOS) A Journey Through Learning. They make wonderful lapbooks (of which I am a big fan). When doing my research for my review I discovered that the ladies who created the company (and lapbooks) did much of their work while one of them was experiencing the heartbreaking journey of her daughter’s terminal illness. 

I didn’t even make the connection until I started to read Nancy’s story. Her family was the one I had read about.

This story is really about Candace Kate. Nancy and her husband, adopted Candace when she was 6-years-old from China. She was special needs little girl and what unfolded was a journey that was more challenging than the family could ever imagine. 

Nancy persevered. She taught Candace braille. Encouraged Candace to do everything and anything any child with sight would do. 

When Candace was diagnosed with Batten Disease their world was shaken.  The last few pages of the book are entries from Nancy’s journal as well as Candace’s obituary. I could hardly breathe. I knew in advance what the end of the story was going to be, but I had become so invested in this family. In this little girl. 

I am so blessed to be part of the launch of this book. It is absolutely beautiful. I was touched and challenged. I feel like Nancy poured out everything that she was and is into this story. I feel like I know her and I have never met her. The book began as journal entries written by Candace's bedside. She is using her experience to minister to other parents who have experienced loss.

I was challenged to live each day to its fullest. I was encouraged that God truly has all of us in the palm of His mighty hand. I was inspired to fill my son’s sweet cheeks with kisses (he’s 12 and was a bit perplexed).  If you are able, I encourage all of you to read Candace Kate’s Story. 

As part of our launch week, I am giving away 2 PDF copies of the book. Please leave a comment below and 2 random winners will be chosen. I’m leaving the Giveaway open until Next Friday (5/15/2014). 

You can purchase More Than A Memory, the Candace Kate Story for $13.95. The Candace Kate Story, Juvenile Batten Disease or the eBook for $5.95.  It is available from these sellers.

On the website (print and PDF):

Here is a little more about Nancy. 

Nancy Fileccia is a fourteen-year homeschooling veteran and co-owner of A Journey Through Learning lapbooks with her best friend, Paula Winget. They create fun, hands-on learning products for homeschooling families. Nancy loves helping parents with their journey of international adoption. Nancy and her husband, Rusty, make their home in Shreveport, Louisiana, with their three children. Visit her website at

Connect with Nancy on the following social media sites. 

instagram: http://instagram/AJTL_Learning

Next Tuesday (May 13) we will be having a Facebook Party for The Candace Kate Story. RSVP here.

Again. I was so blessed to be part of this launch team. Be sure to enter the giveaway.

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