Collecting Dreams

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(This will be on the back cover of the book.)

“…We’d gone about it the wrong way: invested three hours to clean up a tiny bathroom, and all we had to show for it was six nicely rearranged rugs, six big bags of trash, three or four bruised egos, and an angry mother.

I embraced my little sisters again, and suddenly the weight of it all hit us as if we’d been bombarded by steel beams from heaven.  The three of us began weeping like there was no tomorrow.  And with our heads bent low like three downtrodden sunflowers, we felt every bit as horrible as the house had looked.  How on earth had it ever become so bad?”

When Kelly returns home after thirty years to help her parents get their lives back in order, she realizes that her mother’s hoarding behavior has resulted in an unsafe living environment, affecting the health and livelihood of herself and those around her. Kelly questions what prompted her mother’s hoarding behavior in the first place and in doing so, she discovers an agonizing truth. Will Kelly be able to sort through the mess to find love, laughter, and encouragement for her and her family? Uncover her story as she restores order, ridding chaos and Collecting Dreams.

Sue Whitmer has traveled to twenty-three countries. She compares the shock of seeing the results of long-term hoarding to being a guest in a foreign country. New rules had to be observed. She currently resides in San Francisco but considers New Jersey her home.