Brought To Our Senses: A Novel

Brought To Our Senses is ...

  • a family saga novel
  • about the importance of family and forgiveness
  • inspired by Mom and music

An Award-Winning Book

Brought To Our Senses Book Awards2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards: First Novel

2017 Readers' Favorite Awards: Fiction - Drama

25th Annual Writer's Digest Self-Published Book Awards: Mainstream Fiction

You'll love Brought To Our Senses because it ...

  • shows the struggles of a real family damaged and divided by divorce
  • inspires to learn and grow from the most difficult experiences in life
  • includes a substitute soundtrack

When all is lost, family begs to be found.

Elizabeth Miller is a thirty-four-year-old mama’s girl facing a crisis. Her divorced mother Janice receives a deadly diagnosis and becomes a volatile patient, and her fractured family tailspins toward their last resort—legal guardianship with disastrous fallout.

Elizabeth soon exposes her mother’s long-held secret, which lies at the root of her family’s problems. With the lines blurred between right and wrong, she travels a path of reconciliation through the heartland of elder care in a family saga as memorable as Still Alice and as poignant as We Are Not Ourselves.

From the Great Depression in Nebraska through the 1970s divorce boom in Illinois, five generations of family clash over seventy-five years. The rocky relationships of four siblings complicate efforts to look after a failing parent with the mother of all maladies in the new millennium.


Brought To Our Senses will strike a chord with ...

  • adult children of aging parents
  • family caregivers
  • families with a history of conflict
  • people who love music

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Take a Look Inside

Title Page

Brought To Our Senses Title Page


Brought To Our Senses Contents

Family Tree

Brought To Our Senses Family Tree

Inspiration for Brought To Our Senses


My mother, inspiration for Brought To Our Senses

Family Relationships

Family Relationships explored in novel Brought To Our Senses

Alzheimer's Disease

Alzheimer's disease explored in book Brought To Our Senses


Sting, inspiration for Brought To Our Senses

Photo by Patti Hinton

Setting for Brought To Our Senses—the Corn Belt from Central Illinois to Nebraska

About the Author

Author Kathleen H Wheeler 1 WebAward-winning author Kathleen H. Wheeler writes stories that sing because she cannot. Her debut novel Brought To Our Senses was named a 2017 Next Generation Indie Book Awards Finalist for First Novel and winner of the 2017 Readers' Favorite Awards for Fiction-Drama. A graduate of the University of Illinois, she has wordsmithed as a marketing communications professional for ad agencies and corporations since Nike first coined the slogan “Just Do It.” Wheeler is a music enthusiast and lifelong fan of a British musician known by a one-syllable nickname. Along with her husband and two children, she calls the Land of Lincoln home.

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