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    • ISBN:9781529378436
    • Publication date:23 May 2019

If I Could Hold You Again

A Daughter's Secret Torment. A Mother's Journey from Devastation

By Collette Wolfe

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Collette Wolfe was on holidays in Lanzarote with her husband Anthony when she got the call that all parents most dread. Her beloved daughter Leanne had died, having taken her own life. On the morning of Leanne's funeral, her diaries were uncovered by her sister, and the family awakened to a nightmare within the nightmare: to witness in written form the devastation of years of unrelenting bullying by a group of Leanne's peers, and to have been powerless to prevent it.
There began a journey that brought Collette to the very edge of existence, as she contemplated taking her own life to end months of unbearable pain and suffering. Then, at her darkest moment, everything changed, and a new beginning opened up where she never imagined it was possible, one in which she would confront her own demons as a survivor of child abuse and rape, and ultimately, through the love of God, find hope and joy beyond measure.
Here, for the first time, she tells her story - interwoven with extracts from Leanne's diaries - to create an unforgettable book will be cherished by anyone who has known darkness, and seeks hope.

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