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Count It All Joy
by Wanda M. Toby   

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Literary Fiction

Publisher:  1st Books ISBN-10:  075967910X Type: 


Copyright:  Apr 1 2002

Coming of age novel that features main character Katrina Dickens and her fight to deal with the grief of losing both her parents and finding the courage to love again.

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Wanda Toby
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A year and a half after losing both of her parents in a plane crash, Katrina Dickens, a professional dancer, escapes from her disappointments to the safe haven she once called home. In the quiet town of Port Charlotte, Florida, Katrina let Derrick, a New Jersey workaholic, into her house and her heart only to be comforted by the vision of another man, who has been dead for the past ten years.

When the unexpected death of one of her favorite dance students pushes her over the edge, Katrina alienates everyone who has ever tried to care for her. Alone and consumed with health worries, Katrina fears for her sanity and turns to the one avenue she never dreamed could help her. There she is forced to come to terms with her parents' death and make amends for the consequences of her actions.


Katrina hesitated and looked around the room before turning her attention back to Dr. King. She spoke softly, not wanting to admit her inadequacy, and said, "I- well I donít know what to do here."

"We can figure that out together. I think I will start with some honesty. Your grandmother has actually paid for six weeks in hopes that you will continue. It is somewhat of a bribe I guess. That is between the two of you, of course. Just as what is discussed between you and I remains between you and I. It is totally confidential, no matter who is paying. There are some exceptions but we can talk about those later."

As Dr. King continued to talk, Katrina was going through a roller coaster of emotions. Did her grandmother think she was losing it? Maybe she was and her grandmother could see it? Katrina often wondered how long her sanity would stay intact. She wondered how much longer she could pretend to be a loner. Katrina fought to keep her feelings hidden but Dr. King wouldnít let distance go with out attention.

"Katrina, you seem a bit distracted?" Dr. King said.

"No, Iím fine. I will stay and do this for a while. So what's the course of action?"

"Well then, the next order of business is this." Dr. King raised the exam again and continued to speak, mimicking the business like tone Katrina had taken. "I would like to go over your answers with you."

Katrina nodded her head and rubbed her sweaty palms together. Dr. King started from the last question and worked her way to the top. They sailed through most of the exam smoothly and Katrina started to relax.

"Tell me about the hallucinations-" Dr. King started.

"I am not having any hallucinations," she said in her defense. Katrinaís eyes darted back and forth between the exam and Dr. Kingís patient stare.

"I meant the question. You left it blank. You seemed to take offense to my asking?" Dr. King said.

"I was just saying," Katrina mumbled. Before Dr. King could add anything else Katrina rushed again, "I donít have any."

Dr. King continued with the questions. She was a woman in her mid-fifties and had been working in the counseling field for over 25 years. She was confident enough in her skills and intuition to know when and when not to push. Katrina was not going to be easy but for the first time in years Dr. King knew that she was staring at a success, one that she would hear about. She has seen many people come and go in her variety of offices and a majority of them will continue to struggle. Katrina was not going to be any different but hers would be an uphill struggle to success. So Dr. King smiled and kept going.

Katrina interrupted her and spoke softly, " There is this man Iíve been seeing." She paused before saying, "His name is Henry."

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