New Release Explores Family’s Response to Losing a Father and Husband – Book by Shelly Hess

“We stand at the beginning of a new year – or a new relationship, a new job, or even a simple drive out in the country – and we imagine the road ahead, as if we could see clear and straight. As if there were no bends in the road that seemingly come out of nowhere.” These words from the book’s forward provide a haunting preview of the author’s story of love and heartbreak.

Final Drive, published by Dog Ear Publishing, follows the story of a Midwestern family’s great loss when, out of the blue, Hess’ husband tells her he wants a divorce. He says he’s no longer in love with her and wants to shed his family responsibilities. Seemingly overnight, he goes from being a devoted husband and father to someone who acts as if his family and 20-year marriage meant nothing. Tragedy strikes again a few months later when Bill dies after a terrible motorcycle accident near a road called Final Drive. Hess must help her two children deal with the emotional fallout from losing their father. Along the way, she discovers how to triumph in the face of adversity.

Author Shelly Hess lives in a St. Louis suburb and works in the medical billing industry. She hopes sharing her experience will encourage and inspire those facing their own challenges.


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Final Drive

Shelly Hess, as told to Vivien Kooper

Dog Ear Publishing

ISBN: 978-160844-994-1           324 pages          $16.99 US


Available at Ingram,, Barnes & Noble
and fine bookstores everywhere


About Dog Ear Publishing, LLC

Dog Ear Publishing offers completely customized self-publishing services for independent authors. We provide cost-effective, fast, and highly profitable services to publish and distribute independently published books. Our book publishing and distribution services reach worldwide. Dog Ear authors retain all rights and complete creative control throughout the entire self-publishing process. Self-publishing services are available globally at and from our offices in Indianapolis.

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