In her previous novel, author Marie Mellett O'Meara shows the impact of losing a loved one to cancer, a tragedy that leaves families with "No Road Map" for dealing with the grief and pain, as O'Meara herself experienced when she lost her husband. That story follows the ups and downs that come after loss, grief, and recovery. And in its sequel, she depicts a passing of the torch to the next generation, namely the grandchildren of the previous novel's characters, who face their own fair share of challenges in "The Road Ahead."
The next generation takes center stage in "The Road Ahead," as O'Meara portrays the experiences of the grandchildren and the obstacles that await them. As before, life has its fair shares of highs and lows, and they too experience loss, grief, and the process of recovering from tragedy and moving on. The story follows the twin brothers Jonathan and Gareth, who have grown up and made their own families. For some reason, the siblings have drifted apart... until Gareth gets news that Jonathan and his wife died in a car crash, leaving their two boys orphaned. Gareth takes them in, but there is much pain and confusion as the two families become one. They all face tough choices as their lives are upended and as they enter a critical juncture, for how they handle this crisis will determine their futures. With her story, O'Meara deftly shows the anguish that comes from having loved ones taken away, and the difficulty of picking up the pieces afterward, the delicate process of healing and continuing with life. Especially in the case of children who have lost their parents, which is truly a devastating and indescribable experience.
Yet O'Meara shows that there is always hope; even the darkest nights come to an end when morning comes. So life cannot be taken for granted, each moment with loved ones must be savored, and even when challenges seem insurmountable, one must struggle to carry on. That's what "The Road Ahead" imparts upon readers.
"Time is all we have, spend it wisely, it never stops ticking." O'Meara says. Having faced similar heartbreaks and losses in life, as well as having worked as a nurse, she infuses her writing with pearls of truth and wisdom. While the story itself is fictional, it shows deeper truths, such as life's nature as an unpredictable rollercoaster to be endured and enjoyed at the same time. O'Meara conveys that life must be lived to the fullest.
About the Author
A retired nurse, Marie Mellett O'Meara, lived in the UK for 30 years and raised her family there. After experiencing an injury at work, she took early retirement and moved with her husband to Ireland, though the life they planned there was derailed when her husband succumbed to cancer. This was what motivated her to write "No Road Map" as she came to terms with what happened, which sparked her passion for writing and marked the beginning of her writing career.