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To Dance in the Rain
A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing
Book Review
Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers’ Favorite
To Dance in the Rain: A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing is a memoir written by Clare Keating. Her daughter, Alicia, was an active and healthy junior in high school when she started having balance issues. An examination revealed a cyst in her brain, and she was scheduled for what should have been routine surgery. Complications set in, however, and Alicia had to undergo several emergency surgeries for bleeding and pressure in her brain, leaving her in a semi-comatose state with traumatic brain injuries. The author, a practicing nurse, stayed with her daughter nearly night and day, massaging her feet, decorating the hospital room with photographs and playing Alicia’s favorite shows. Keating found ways to communicate with her daughter, and Alicia’s journey to recovery began.The words Alicia’s surgeon spoke to her mother, “Huddle together and stay numb,” as the family tried to come to terms with the fact that Alicia had very little chance of surviving the emergency operations, resonated so strongly with me. Clare Keating’s memoir, To Dance in the Rain: A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing is an impressive and compelling account of the author’s love and dedication and her daughter’s strength and resilience as the two work together to give Alicia her life back. There’s always the acceptance that their lives have been altered, but also the belief that, despite the doctors’ grim prognoses, Alicia could recover and lead a full and satisfying life. To Dance in the Rain is beautifully written and reads so smoothly. I felt inspired learning how these two women and the community that came together to help them overcame the odds, and it’s not a story I’ll be forgetting anytime soon. To Dance in the Rain: A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing is highly recommended.
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Debut TV Interview – Sunday August 3rd

Print To Dance in the Rain – A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing will be featured in an interview with Stephanie Valickis, Senior Producer at the Office of Radio and Television (ORTV/WJMJ) for the Archdiocese of Hartford. The show will be televised Sunday morning August 3rd  at 10:45 on  ‘Crossroads Magazine’. It can be seen on WCCT-TV which is channel 7, 9 or 11 depending on your cable service.

 ‘Crossroads Magazine’ is a show hosted by Father John Gatzak and Stephanie Valickis and is produced by the Office of Radio and Television. It is a half hour “Good News” magazine-style program. The program focuses on the good things that are going on in CT and the people involved in these stories. It is noted to be “ecumenical in nature but maintains a Catholic perspective.” It has been “enlightening, educating and entertaining” it’s audience for 17 years.”

We are so happy and indeed grateful to ORTV for sharing the story of Alicia’s journey with the Connecticut community. If you are unable to view the show during it’s usual broadcast time you may view it on the ORTV website video stream anytime….


What a week!!!




This has certainly been a very exciting week !!


Carrie MacMillan did a wonderful feature article in the Accent Women section of the Waterbury Republican on Tuesday May 20th. ‘A Family Bond Unbroken’ which chronicled Alicia’s journey and announced the recent publication of To Dance in the Rain – A Mother and Daughter’s Journey of Hope and Healing, was beautifully done and we are very grateful to Carrie and the Waterbury Republican for presenting our story.


Alicia and I visited the 8th grade classes at The North Canaan Elementary School on Tuesday the 20th. I presented a class on ‘The Amazing Brain – Why our brain’s are so awesome, and how to keep it that way’. We discussed anatomy, physiology and safety issues as well as the importance of making good decisions in order to keep ourselves healthy. We had a lively Q&A session with the class, Alicia and myself. I believe we all learned a lot during our time together.


To Dance in the Rain initial inventory at Proclaim His Name Bookstore on Highland Ave, Waterbury and Middlebury Consignment on Whittemore Rd. in Middlebury had sold out and each have been resupplied with ample books.


The book will also be available for purchase in the Marion Shop At St. Mary’s Hospital on Franklin St. in Waterbury as of Friday May 23. Special thank you to my wonderful St. Mary’s family!


The ebook version of To Dance in the Rain was published on May 14, 2014!! ( A Happy Birthday present to my Dad : )

It will be available for purchase on:

iBookstore in 1-2 weeks…Amazon Kindle in 2-4 days… Barnes & Noble in 2-4 weeks… Baker & Taylor, eSentral, Kobo and Scibd – 2-3 weeks.


It was also delivered to Goodreads, Copla, Oyster and Flipkart with no current info on exact ‘go live’ date.


We have also gone to a second print and 1,000 more books will be delivered within the next 1-2 weeks.


I am so very grateful to all of you who have been so very supportive through this whole publication process and for joining us on our journey.


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St. Mary’s Hospital Signing and Reception


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