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Ashley Mackler Paternostro

Born: 1983 in Naperville, Illinois
Pen Name: None

Connection to Illinois: Ashley was born and raised and still lives in Naperville, Illinois.

Biography: Ashley is hairstylist by trade and believes some of the best stories come from working behind her 'chair'.


Primary Literary Genre(s): Fiction

Primary Audience(s): Adult readers; Young adult readers

Ashley Mackler Paternostro on WorldCat :

Selected Titles

The Milestone Tapes
ISBN: 1468150065 OCLC:

Createspace Independent Pub 2012-02-19

The only thing Jenna Chamberland ever wanted in her life was to be a good wife and a good mom. In death, she'll find that she still wants the same things. With stage-four breast cancer, a terminal diagnosis and six months to live, Jenna fears what awaits her family after she is gone: Her husband, Gabe, will be left to raise their daughter alone, and Mia, only seven years old, will be forced to face a world without her mother. Ten blank tapes to teach her daughter everything she'll ever need to know. Dead before Mia ever really got to know her, Jenna exists now only in pictures and watercolored memories, and Mia finds herself struggling to remember her mother in a way that feels real. But on the ninth anniversary of Jenna's death, she will return to her daughter through a series of audiocassettes. One tape each of the milestones of Mia's life, and with them, a letter explaining that Mia should only listen to the tapes when the time is right. With the help of her mother's long-gone voice, Mia may just learn how to embrace the challenges and triumphs of her ever-changing life with humor, grace and a lot of hope. Rereleased for its second anniversary, the novel that book bloggers have called beautiful and unforgettable returns with new content and tapes never before read.