Aprils and Decembers
To raise a child alone is the only way to understand how incredibly difficult that job is. What is a mother to do when in building a life for what was supposed to her perfect family, she gets it all wrong…when the path to happiness she hoped for and wanted for her child spins tragically off course?
Dawn Quarles is that mother, and her memoir revisits the events and circumstances that, from her own childhood and beyond, shaped her deeply complicated, often heartbreaking and magically uplifting journey through the toughest stages of every woman’s life.
Praise for Aprils and Decembers
5 out of 5 stars on Amazon “A book needed by many women.”
“More than anything else, this book describes the evolution of a young insecure girl into an adult woman at peace with herself. She made mistakes in her life, but through it all she raised a son any mother could be proud to call her own. Grand book for many women who are seeking their way through life and having problems.”
Anna-Merle Merritt on January 2, 2016
5 out of 5 stars on Amazon “Amazing life story.“
“I saw just the last few minutes of the Jeff Weeks show the day Aprils and Decembers was promoted. Dawn, being a hometown girl piqued my interest so I bought the book and have been pulled into her life for the last few days while reading. Wow! What incredible talent as a writer. Thank you for sharing.“
Deborah L. Whitfield on June 9, 2016
5 out of 5 stars on Amazon “Could not put it down….”
“When artists, songwriters, speakers or authors pour their heart and soul into a piece of their work it shows. Aprils & Decembers is that kind of book. Dawn Quarles laid bare her soul for everyone to see…the beautiful and the ugly…she turned herself inside out. I was amazed at her transparency and in awe of the guts it must have taken to put those innermost thoughts and emotions to paper. There will be lessons for lots of people in Dawn’s words and I know that there will many, many women who see themselves in these pages and feel empowered by Dawn’s ability to walk through the fire and come out whole. I could identify with her as the mother of boys – the need to know that in the end we have done a good job raising them is visceral. I usually love good historical fiction, but for me, this book had everything – love, navigating through tragedy, great sex, family, faith and woman’s soul laid bare. It is a must read for anyone who has ever loved a man with all of her heart or anyone who has done her very best to raise up a boy to become a man.”
Joyce N on January 5, 2016
5 out of 5 stars on Amazon “love.. passion”
“This book is one I was unable to willingly put down. It is full of detail from a womans real life situation. There was everything one could ask for in a book heart break..love..passion..regrets.. it made me as a reader feel all kind of emotions and made me feel apart of the book. I’d recommend this book because as a human with my own skeletons in my life and scars it made me realize life is short and time is precious and everyday is a fight maybe not in my life but in those around me so I need to be strong and stable to help me..my family..friends..strangers. This book is Powerful and Dawn Quarles I hope keeps writing.
Amazon Customer on March 5, 2016
5 of 5 stars on Amazon “What a beautifully written book that tears at all of your emotions.”
“What a beautifully written book that tears at all of your emotions. The honesty grabs you and captivates you page by page. This woman has been so many struggles and has shown her commitment to her son and her resiliency through it all. She is a strong woman that others should look up to as well be proud to call her a friend. We all make mistakes in our lives but what I learned through this book is that you can overcome and make a life you can be proud of.”
Robert S. on January 2, 2016
5 out of 5 stars on Amazon “The depths of a mother’s heart and soul with beautifully crafted prose and stark honesty.”
“Dawn Quarles’ story touches the depths of a mother’s heart and soul with beautifully crafted prose and stark honesty. Her memoir is a wonderful gift to those of us perpetually asking ourselves if we are screwing up our kids. She examines the human condition, where some are resilient beyond belief, and others break beneath the weight of tragedy and heartache. It reminds us to consider that everyone has a story and you can’t truly understand someone until you see them through their experiences. I laughed, cried, and cheered with her from page to page, and her book has an honored place on my mantel, in the company of Bronte, Vonnegut, Lee, and Twain.”
Jennifer Otts on December 26, 2015
5.0 of 5 stars on Amazon “A story of perseverance and will power that will leave you amazed at the strength of the woman who has lived …”
“This is truly a story of perseverance and will power that will leave you amazed at the strength of the woman who has lived this life. The author’s voice and prose effortlessly immerse the reader in her journey through childhood, romantic relationships, motherhood, and all the hard lessons life can present you along the way. But the truest testament to her courage is her unwavering commitment to her son and seeing this boy overcome so many losses to become a healthy and happy young man. That is the best reward a mother can have and this author deserves that and so much more.”
Amazon Customer on December 13, 2015
5 out of 5 stars on Amazon “Love it, could not put it down!”
“Finished the book a few nights back after staying up reading until 6am. Great book full of all kinds of emotions; I cried, I worried, I felt anger, I felt your love, I felt your actions through anger were justified and at other times I actually laughed out loud! Overall it hits the heart of any mother who worries she is doing something wrong while trying to raise her child. Taking away your child’s pain is not so easy to do; especially when you are also hurt, confused and grieving as the parent. I love this book, it is captivating!”
Kellum Kirchharr on January 10, 2016
“April and Decembers left me excited to turn each page and float through the years as if I was in the story myself. When a writer is able to reach from the depths of their pages and pull you into their storyline you know they are not just a writer, they are a gifted author.”
Michelle Colon-Johnson, Founder of 2 Dream Productions, Inc.
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars on Barnes and Noble
This is truly a story of perseverance and will power that will leave you amazed at the strength of the woman who has lived this life. The author’s voice and prose effortlessly immerse the reader in her journey through childhood, romantic relationships, motherhood, and all the hard lessons life can present you along the way. But the truest testament to her courage is her unwavering commitment to her son and seeing this boy overcome so many losses to become a healthy and happy young man. That is the best reward a mother can have and this author deserves that and so much more.
Barnes and Noble Customer
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars on Barnes and Noble
OMG… this book is without hesitation one you can’t put down once you start it. Sadness and romance, at every stage in life and she still turns out to be a fantastic writer. Can’t wait for book 2.
Barnes and Noble Customer
Rating: 5 out of 5 Stars on Barnes and Noble Must read…a real page turner!
“I couldn’t put it down. The author is brutally honest, forthcoming and leaves no one in any doubt the heart wrenching struggles she and her son have gone through. She reminds us all that though we each have struggles and heartache, there is a light at the end of the tunnel with perseverance and strength.”
by Donna Stacy
“A story written truly from the heart… the place where fierce mothers are born, passion resides, and love can overcome unspeakable tragedy.”
Ingrid Edge, Blogger, Brownies and Breastmilk