'Unexpected Gifts' Offers Hope in the Face of Tragedy, Loss and Death

Katie McAndrews-McNeill debuts as a published author with the release of "Unexpected Gifts: If Something Happens, Would You?" (published by Archway Publishing), a memoir that shares one woman's story as she loses her only sister to cancer and makes a decision that drastically changes her life. "I was inspired to write this book after my sister passed away from cancer. Prior to her passing she, her husband and I had many conversations. One of the topics we discussed was 'if something happens, would you?' The question quickly went from 'if' to 'when,'" McAndrews-McNeill shares.

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"Unexpected Gifts" is personal memoir of McAndrews-McNeill, who in a time of tragedy and loss, makes a selfless decision to deliver on a very important question asked of her when her sister was dying of cancer. It details her journey from being a fashion executive in New York City to being a nanny of her two nieces and the unexpected gifts that came her way as a result of honoring her sister's dying wish. It is a book that relates to anyone who has experienced loss, tragedy, fear and despair and highlights the importance of finding strength in those times to continue living to honor the beautiful lives of those lost.

"It touches a myriad of different age groups given the main characters' ages. It offers different perspectives, to include children on the grieving process and the resilience that comes with love and hope from strong family, friends and faith," says McAndrews-McNeill on the book's social relevance.

An excerpt from the book reads:
Unexpected Gifts offers a message for anyone experiencing illness, death, or tragedy. It's about the strength to continue to live while you can, planning for the what ifs, and believing that in great loss can be found amazing, unexpected gifts if you allow yourself the opportunity.

"Unexpected Gifts: If Something Happens, Would You?"
By Katie McAndrews-McNeill
Hardcover | 5.5x8.5 in | 152 pages | ISBN 9781480861183
Softcover | 5.5x8.5 in | 152 pages | ISBN 9781480861176
E-Book | 152 pages | ISBN 9781480861190
Available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble

About the Author
Katie McAndrews-McNeill graduated magna cum laude with a Bachelor of Arts. She is a former fashion executive who spent 20 years based out of Philadelphia and New York City working for well-renowned brands, fulfilling her dream of calling New York City her home office. McAndrews-McNeill now lives in Barnegat with her husband of 10 years. "Unexpected Gifts" is her first book.

Simon & Schuster, a company with nearly ninety years of publishing experience, has teamed up with Author Solutions, LLC, the leading self-publishing company worldwide, to create Archway Publishing. With unique resources to support books of all kind, Archway Publishing offers a specialized approach to help every author reach his or her desired audience. For more information, visit http://www.archwaypublishing.com or call 888-242-5904.

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