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  • Paperback Edition
    • 978-1-5255-6233-4
    • 5.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 366 pages
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    • 978-1-5255-6232-7
    • 5.5 x 8.5 inches
    • Black & White interior
    • 366 pages
  • Keywords
    • Family,
    • Rape,
    • Grandparents,
    • Adoption,
    • Married love,
    • Mystery,
    • Multi-generational

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A Critical Human Error
When Paternity Is Not a Choice
by Barbara A. Glasier

Sixty-one-year-old Meredith Taylor answers her door to find a worried-looking little girl, who announces, “I’ve come to stay with you for a while…I’m your granddaughter.” From this unexpected and jaw-dropping event, Meredith and her husband Andy are thrown into an emotional storm. But the turmoil that this little stranger’s appearance causes for them pales by comparison to what their unsuspecting son, Aaron, endures. What happens next is a series of revelations and shocking discoveries about Sam's conception and her mother's manipulation, not just of Aaron but of his whole family. Somehow though, in the midst of the rising pressure and the dizzying complications, six-year-old Sam manages to win Meredith and Andy’s hearts, even as they watch their own beloved son falling apart emotionally. Part-mystery thriller, part-affecting romance, and part-testament to the power of family love. A Critical Human Error is a book for grownups, who will relate to these complex people and the white-hot emotional conflicts they face.

"Barbara Glasier brings us a compassionate and affecting story about lives upended and the power of family to heal deep wounds." —Fran Kimmel, author of ‘The Shore Girl’ and ‘No Good Asking” "Barbara Glasier has written a wonderful family drama based on a situation that is rarely heard of or discussed, taking the reader on an emotional roller coaster from start to finish." —Wayne Elsner, author of ‘The Tannion Series’ "From the very first paragraph, one is captivated by the author’s skill in creating this story of intrigue and mystery. Blended with the intrigue and mystery is an underlying message of love and compassion." —Michael Parlee, author of ‘We Must Forgive To Live’ and The Sacred Gem Within’ "I found a review for this book on "Positive Lacombe" Facebook Page and knew I had to read this book. I started reading as soon as I got it and couldn't put it down. The story draws you in and captivates you with its charm and the innocence of a six year old child. Barbara weaves the characters together so it's like reading a story from your best friend. You come to love the characters as family and are rooting for them to figure this all out. My only disappointment came when I got to the end of this book; I wanted more. I was so happy to hear that Barbara is planning on writing a sequel and taking us all on another journey. I can't wait." —Cheryl "I loved this book. It is brilliantly written and contains many twists and turns which keep the reader involved in the story. Its interesting plot and exquisite characterizations make this story a standout. 5 stars." —Jane Ann "For all parents and grandparents, this book's cover is an irresistible magnet that invites a further look. Once inside the reader will not be disappointed. The author skillfully develops a delightful character of a child that is bound to get 'under the skin' of even the most callous of readers. Other characters well done are Meredith and Andy as they cope with unexpected problems throughout the story. The complications underpinning this book obviously use the faculties and experiences of the author's lifetime profession. It promises page after page to hold your interest until the very end. Read it; you will cry a little, laugh a little, and love it a lot. —Fred

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Barbara Glasier has a degree in nursing and has worked in many avenues including hospital and emergency room nursing, public health, community care, and administration. During her career she has encountered multitudes of family crisis situations and has been brought into contact with the fallout from many of today’s societal issues. Though she has done a great deal of professional writing as a nurse-educator, A Critical Human Error is her first novel. Barbara is a mother and a grandmother. She and her husband live in Lacombe, Alberta.


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