A Life Without Series

Healing can take a lifetime…

Carol Denman divorced her husband over twenty years ago and has never looked back. But on the day before their daughter’s thirtieth birthday, John barges back into Carol’s life with a request that threatens the fragile stability she has built.

John Bowman is sick. Very sick. While he still can, he has some amends to make and some promises to fulfill. But to do that, he not only needs his ex-wife’s agreement…he needs her.

With the past hovering between them like a ghost, Carol and John embark on a decades-overdue road trip. Together they plunge back into a life without water…but which may ultimately set them free.


Oh my goodness. This book had me sucked in from the beginning. A well written, heartbreaking book about forgiveness, and finding peace amidst a tragedy that no parent should face. Get the tissues ready!!! This was a great book. I need a day to recover. -Stefani Reads

‘OMG… This book has me feeling every kind of emotion… Have a box of tissues ready…Truly beautiful. Netgalley Reviewer

‘It was so compelling… An extremely emotional rollercoaster of a read. I’m sure I felt my heart literally break.’ , Netgalley Reviewer 

A truly emotional story about love, loss and forgiveness.


Twenty-four years after losing her daughter in a tragic accident, Carol Denman has finally made peace with Katie’s father. But releasing her ex-husband from blame and facing how deeply she held herself responsible were only the first steps in Carol’s journey toward peace.

With the pain of her failed first marriage behind her, Carol is determined to mend her broken relationship with her mother. But she soon discovers she isn’t the only one who has been hanging on to bitterness. A road trip to face the past leads Carol’s mother, Judith, to unearth the seeds of past mistakes and deep resentments in ways neither of them would expect.

The roots of family animosity run deep and thick. While Judith seems hesitant to start digging, Carol commits to pruning away the thorns of the past so she no longer has to live a life without flowers.

“I am so in love with the beautiful series. A box of kleenex will be needed to read this book and there are just no words that will do this book justice, it is heartbreakingly beautiful.”-Netgalley Reviewer

“A Life Without Flowers is a bittersweet, hopeful read that explores forgiveness, understanding, and the process of grief. While the book is full of tragedies and pain, the overall message is one of redemption and love. Five star read!”-Amazon Reviewer

“I could not put this down at all. The emotions run high yet there is this feeling that there is something big coming Carol’s way yet. I’m excited to see where Carol’s journey finally lands her in the next book to come. This book and series needs to be read.”-Top Amazon Reviewer

A Life Without Flowers was included in Barnes & Noble’s The Best Indie eBooks of 2020!

Since losing her husband, Tobias, in a tragic accident, Carol Denman has been on a journey of self-growth. She’s taken steps to finally grieve her daughter’s death, forgive her first husband, and mend her broken relationship with her mother. The one heartbreak she can’t seem to come to terms with is losing her husband.

As Carol continues her travels, family, old friends, and new confidants want to help her heal. However, this is a path Carol must travel alone. She knows her husband would want her to be happy again. She just has to figure out how to move forward.

Carol must dig deep to find a way back to the peace and happiness she once had in her life with Tobias. Coming to terms with being a widow isn’t going to be easy, but with the support from her loved ones and a few strangers, Carol embarks on her most poignant journey yet—finding a life without regrets.


“This is the third and last book in the A Life Without Water series. I’m really sad about that and really happy at the same time. I’m sad that the fantastic story of Carol and her recovery from personal losses is ending, but I’m also happy because Ms. Bolden has just wrung me out like a limp dishcloth with this series.” — Amazon Reviewer

A Life Without Regrets was included in Barnes & Noble’s Top Indie Favorites list!