Jill Hannah Anderson’s debut novel, THE TO-HELL-AND-BACK CLUB (pandamoonpublishing) is for any reader who has been to-hell-and-back. You knew that was coming, right? But, it’s true! A group of women use their senses of humor, strength and comfort to uplift one of the gang, when she finds herself in the absolute worst situation.

Peyton Brooks, an empty-nester with a dying marriage, loses her three best friends in a car accident, when she’s the driver. Wracked with guilt and then the end of her twenty-one year-old marriage, she reaches out to the women in the To-Hell-And-Back-Club to help save her. These are the kind of women you want around you at a time like this. There’s no “you’ll get over it, “you just need some time,” or “I’ve been there,” because no one has.

Jill creates characters that readers immediately want to be best friends with, and that’s a good thing because she’s hard at work on (at least) two more books in this series. These ladies are flawed, but relatable, they have hearts of gold, but can be sassy and they like their wine! Don’t we all, right girls?



Born in California, Jill Hannah Anderson has lived everywhere from the Azore Islands to Florida. After her dad left the Air Force, the family settled in St. Paul, Minnesota, where she lived until she graduated from high school. 

Jill lives on a lake in a small town in Central Minnesota with her husband and their empty nest. It’s rarely quiet though, as they enjoy their six adult children and ever-increasing number of grand-children when they come to visit.

For two decades, Jill has worked at a communications company. She also has written part-time for a Minnesota women’s magazine for over ten years. She is a proud member of Women’s Fiction Writers Association (WFWA), and is currently at work on her second novel.

When she isn’t working, writing, or reading, you’ll find her running, curling, biking, and enjoying time with family and friends.

You can contact Jill on her website

Thanks to Jill we’re lucky to have one copy of the THE TO-HELL-AND-BACK CLUB book to giveaway. Just tell us about your experience of going to hell and coming back. We’ll announce a winner Monday.

28 thoughts on “THE TO-HELL-AND-BACK CLUB by Jill Hannah Anderson & GIVEAWAY

  1. My husband and I went through a very rough patch and I thought the kids and I were losing him. I won’t give details but it was our hell. He’s back and we are stronger than ever. ❤️

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    1. I’ve been to Hell and back several times because of my health. I think the worst was when I had necrotizing fasciitis. I was in the hospital for 6 weeks, had daily hyperbaric oxygen treatments for the first few weeks along with strong I.V. antibiotics. The wound itself took forever to heal. All of that was definitely Hell, but I made it back & 17 years later, I’m still here!

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    2. I’m very happy to read this, April. Getting through times like that can make a relationship stronger, and it sounds like you worked hard and made it happen. 🙂


    1. 🙂 I’ve never been to NJ and hope to get to the Jersey Shore someday, but I’m guessing when you say it was like re-living junior high, I’m thinking it was the people, not the scenery!


  2. I’ve been there and back so many times that I can’t choose just one to talk about. Let’s just say they all involved love of one kind or another. But I’m here now!

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    1. I am amazed at what some people have gone through in their lives, Bonnie, and have been able to keep going. It sounds like you are one of those people. 🙂


    1. That is awful, Janine! I think back to when I was growing up, and the few kids at school who came from “bad homes”, as if it was THEIR fault! Nobody talked about those things back then. I’m hoping if you are in a relationship now, it is a healthy one.


  3. After 5 years of extraordinary and unexpected health difficulties which never ended, one after another, one more serious than the previous, 5 surgeries, etc. and now RA that would be my hell and back for this time period.

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    1. I hear you with the RA! I’ve been lucky, it is mostly my hands. You, however, sounds like you’ve had many difficult health problems long before RA. We take our health for granted until we don’t have it. My best friend, who sparked the idea for this book, lived with so many health problems, and passed away a few years ago. I watched her struggle, knew I was losing her, and it became the inspiration for this novel. I hope your health improves for you.


  4. My oldest daughter was born with Spina Bifida, (spine doesn’t form and close properly so a sack, usually filled with loose damaged nerves and spinal fluid forms over the open part), and Hydrocephalus (water on brain). She had her very first surgery, straight from my womb to the OR table, so I didn’t get to hold her and bond with her until over 12 hours later, (while she was in surgery they were closing me up from my cesarean and then we were both in the recovery unit for a few hours). When I finally got to see her, it was only by blood, sweat, tears, a lot of pain, and a miracle from God, because to protect her back they had to cut me from hip bone to hip bone, (wider than the norm), so I could barely walk and her Daddy had to leave. I couldn’t get a nurse to take me to her, and I needed to see my baby, so I drug myself down the halls by holding the wall rails and. made it to the Neo – Natal Intensive Care Unit. They rewarded my effort by refusing to let me hold her. They had the nerve to say I might hurt her where she had surgery on her back. I won in the end!! Long story short, since then she’s had about 14 surgeries to date, and it’s been a long road, a road we are still on, but the rewards are bigger than any hell it can dish out at us! Sorry so long! Thanks for the chance.

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    1. I’m sorry I don’t have time today (crazy book debut stuff!) to personally respond to each of you, but I’m sorry to hear how many of you can relate to the book. That was the driving force behind me writing it. As they say in the book, “If you can’t relate to the need for the ‘Hell Club’, you just haven’t lived long enough yet.” I hope all of you get through it with the support of friends and family.

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    2. Wow! I can’t imagine going through all of that. Both your daughter, and you, are clearly strong survivors. Way to keep moving forward. I wish your daughter surgery-free years ahead.

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  5. I can’t say I’ve been to hell and back, unless you count living in this world without knowing where you will be going when it all ends. I found Jesus and know He is the one who keeps me going down here each day. Not to say that my life is hell, but just saying I WILL with Him when this life is over.
    Life Is Good….

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  6. When your children our sick, regardless how old they maybe, and the doctor’s do not have a clear reason as to why they are sick. This happened when our youngest was 3 years old and was in the hospital for 9 days and was finally diagnosed with lyme’s disease. Recently our oldest was sick and the three things they said it could be was 3 different types of cancer. Later to find out his body doesnt produce enough white blood cells and he will need monthly infusions.

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    1. Nothing is worse than seeing our children suffer! Lyme’s disease is prevalent where I live. I’m glad to hear your oldest child doesn’t have cancer, but monthly infusions don’t sound good either.


  7. Going through my divorce was hell. But it made me find my inner strength and made me a better, stronger person. What was what I thought was the worst thing that ever happened to me, it turned out to be good for me.

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    1. I can relate to you there (and a bit of that part of my life is in my book.) I never understood how traumatic a divorce could be until I went through one. You are right though, we come out stronger.


  8. When I almost died from deep vein thrombosis and pulmonary embolism after foot surgery to try and “fix” my plantar fasciitis! A lot of good that surgery did! I still suffer every day and that was two years ago!

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    1. That sounds horrible! Yes, sometimes a second or third doctor opinion can save us an unnecessary surgery. Yikes!


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