Travel a metaphorical journey in a little red car, along with a mother and the daughter she hopes to empower through life’s difficulties. As Nellie flies over bumps, maneuvers around corners, and scrambles up hills in the little red car, her mother is always there to remind her about the importance of trying. But then, suddenly, Mother is gone and Nellie must face a steep, jagged mountain alone–breast cancer. Through her grief and despair, she remembers her mother’s most important piece of advice, and through it finds an even greater source of strength.
The first in a series of short, inspirational stories from Nelladet Stettler and illustrator Brian Hailes, Can’t Is Merely a Contraction for Can Try shows the power of never giving up and the importance of having a stable, wise guide in our lives. Travel with Nellie as she learns lessons of courage, hope, and love on her way to finding victory in a life she never expected. “Writing this book has been a tremendous healing experience for me,” said Nelladet. “I hope readers of all sorts, not just those battling significant health issues, will find hope and confidence in accepting new chapters in life. Sometimes they can lead you to places you would never expect like becoming an author.”