Through Tears and Triumphs: A Mother's Unyielding Journey of Love and Loss in 'Surviving the Unthinkable: A Memoir. "Beyond the Crossroads - A Journey from Grief to Grace", by Sandra Martins-Toner!


Step into the raw honesty of ‘Beyond the Crossroads – A Journey from Grief to Grace,’ where I lay bare my soul and share the intimate chronicle of rebuilding my shattered self in the aftermath of losing a child. This memoir is a testament to the human spirit’s resilience, capturing my journey through grief, forgiveness, and the immense courage that emerged from the depths of despair. Within these pages, discover the transformative power of self-reconstruction. This book is not just a story; it’s a guide for anyone who has faced the unimaginable, offering hope, inspiration, and a roadmap for rediscovering purpose and strength after profound loss. Let my story be a beacon, illuminating your path toward healing and renewal.


“In a Tlingit tale from long ago, the Raven, a clever trickster, stole the sun from a Chief who had locked the universe away in wooden boxes. The Raven, through cunning transformation, set the sun free, dispelling the darkness that enveloped the world. Sandra’s journey of recreating herself in order to be free reminds me of the Raven. She is a bright shining light to all who are privileged to cross her path. Through her vulnerability, we are safe to look within and heal our own wounds.”
Jenn Smith – Tlowitsis Nation
“Matthew’s legacy is a love so powerful that it cannot be silenced. You may not hold it, but it touches you. You cannot answer it, but it speaks. There is no place to see him, but he is everywhere. A love that strong cannot be bound by earthly bonds. It seeps out into the world in the shape of love and kindness. In a blanket of protection that only a son can provide for a mother. It is wrapped around you. I know you feel it. He is always here. I was Spellbound! Sandra Martins-Toner opens a window to a vulnerability that most of us are fortunate to have never known. She allows us to join her in a journey through grief that is deeply emotional and incredibly trying. I know Matthew as I know my own sons, although I never met him. Thank you, Sandra, for sharing him with me. Today, tomorrow, forever. I remember.”
Kelly Turner, High River, AB
“The death of a child is that unimaginable loss no parent ever expects to face. In Beyond the Crossroads – A Journey from Grief to Grace, Sandra candidly shares her story of how she survived the darkest hours, offering hope and reassurance that the clouds of grief do lessen with time, and that grieving parents will find a way to live, and even laugh again. A Journey from Grief to Grace doesn't flinch from the reality or pain caused by the death of a child. Yet ultimately, it is a book about the choice to embrace life, love, and joy again.”
Richard George, Vancouver, BC

Sandra Martins-Toner

About the Author

Dive into the compelling and emotionally charged world of Sandra Martins-Toner, an acclaimed author with a remarkable portfolio that includes titles such as ‘The Last Six Minutes-A Mother’s Loss & Quest for Justice’ and ‘Cry for Justice – A Murdered Child’s Legacy.’ In 2010, Martins-Toner’s outstanding work earned her the prestigious ‘Best in True Crime’ award, a testament to her unmatched storytelling prowess.

Now, in her latest masterpiece, ‘Beyond the Crossroads – A Journey from Grief to Grace,’ Martins-Toner delves even deeper into the human psyche. This poignant non-fiction memoir unveils the heart-wrenching journey of a mother coping with the devastating murder of her young son. As she grapples with grief, Martins-Toner embarks on a soul-searching odyssey, navigating the complexities of loss and the quest for self-discovery in a world forever altered.

With her expertly crafted prose and a keen eye for human resilience, Martins-Toner paints a vivid portrait of a woman’s struggle for identity and solace in the face of unimaginable tragedy. ‘Beyond the Crossroads’ is not just a book; it’s an immersive experience, an emotional rollercoaster that captivates the reader from start to finish.

Through her compelling writing, Sandra Martins-Toner invites readers to explore the depths of a mother’s sorrow and the unwavering strength found within the human spirit. This memoir stands as a testament to her legacy of impactful storytelling, leaving an indelible mark on the true crime/memoir genre and the hearts of readers worldwide.

Beyond the Crossroads - A Journey from Grief to Grace

In Sandra Martins Toner's poignant memoir, experience the resilience of a mother navigating the depths of loss, capturing the essence of survival after the unbearable tragedy of losing a child.