‘Learning to dance in the rain’ follows on from where the inspirational biography, ‘You are my sunshine’ ended; we follow Anna’s journey and struggles in the aftermath of her brain surgery. The story takes a different path to her first book, as Anna tries to adjust to her new life, limited by her symptoms; her recovery is slow and rife with obstacles, she is then given some news which floors her and sets her recovery back even further. We see how her children, friends and family all rally round and support her through all of her battles with her health. We see moments of sadness and moments of happiness, we are seeing the world and all of its ugliness and wonder through her eyes. We are taken on a expedition, over the many hurdles which she faces and we are treated to the joy and love which she receives from everyone around her. Despite facing many battles, she manages to remain positive and focussed on living a better life; going away as much as she could to balance out her life . We want her to come through it all, we feel her pain, we experience her optimism and we are mesmerized by her positivity and strength throughout. It is a truly inspirational memoir from someone who is trying to live her life as well as she can; reading this book will leave you wanting to fight for a better, more fulfilled life, for you and all your loved ones.
Reviews from Amazon, for the second book in the series, ‘Learning to dance in the rain’
‘I couldn’t wait to read the second book, just hoping it was as good as the first. Well it truly was, yet another moving and inspirational story of one womans battle, how she adjusts to a different life and finds strength not only from herself but from her amazing children. Her story shows how you can find positives in every situation, she certainly did learn to dance in the rain!!!’
‘I read this book in 2 days. An excellent follow on story of her battle of recovery after major surgery. Anna is an inspiration and her determination to remain positive even when she felt so poorly, continue with her studies, travel and be a role model to her children makes for a great read. Well done Anna Gray, I look forward to reading the next book.’
‘A great sequel to the fabulous You Are My Sunshine. Anna Gray is inspiring and humorous and writes with honesty and grit about her fight back to health. Can’t wait for Part 3!’
Anna was born in Crewe Cheshire and she still lives close to where she grew up. She married young and had two fabulous children, Jack in 1992 and Ella in 1995. When the children were still pretty young, she was divorced and started a journey as a single parent. She is a new author and wrote her book as a type of self healing project, after she went through some really tough times. She also wanted to share her experiences with other people, who had been through similar experiences. Her background is in education; she worked with vulnerable and disaffected high school children and she loved her job; unfortunately due to her illness she had to rethink her career path and life in general! She counts herself very lucky to have two fantastic children, a great family and amazing friends who have all helped make her new life even better than her old life in many ways.