Author: J.O Mantel
December 26, 2004.
It's just another day in paradise. Mitch and Amber couldn't be happier. They are newlyweds, expecting their first child and honeymooning in Thailand.
As they enjoy their romantic getaway on the peaceful island, plans are made for their future together.
But on the morning of Boxing Day, December 26, 2004, tragedy strikes. The remote and peaceful island is struck with one of the worlds largest and deadliest earthquakes which triggers a devastating Tsunami.
Amber is trapped in her hotel room and is unable to contact Mitch. She slowly starts to panic, causing stress to her unborn child.
As the Tsunami causes mass destruction across the island, Amber finds herself going into premature labor. Suddenly, the newlywed's romantic honeymoon, becomes an emotionally gripping race for survival.
“It is only a short novella, but Mr Mantel has been able to put so much into it that you will be emotionally exhausted once it has finished. BRILLIANT is the only way to describe this story.” - Reading is Our Satisfaction
“What a wonderful quick read. This author puts you right in the middle of the action.” - Amazon Review
“One word for this short story – WOW.” - Amazon Review
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
This is a very short story that is only 43 pages, but, don't be mistaken as there is a lot in this that pulls a punch.
Amber and her husband are enjoying a well enough break over the Christmas holidays in Thailand. Amber is 6 months pregnant. Spending time together before their child is born and the commitments to child rearing start.
But things turn in such a way that their life will never be the same again.
This story is taken from inspired by the devastating Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004 which left so much devastation and lives lost. THIS IS, HOWEVER A FICTIONAL story but with the actual awful historical event surrounding it.
Very moving, very heartbreaking.
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