"A beautifully drawn study of what is at risk when you lose control of your own life. Unique, gripping, and viscerally moving -- this impressive debut novel heralds the arrival of an extremely talented writer." —Jodi Picoult,New York Times bestselling author of The Storyteller and Lone Wolf
Destined to be a book club favorite, a heart-wrenching debut about two people who must decide how much they’re willing to sacrifice for love.
Mara Nichols, a successful lawyer, and devoted wife and adoptive mother, has recently been diagnosed with a terminal disease. Scott Coffman, a middle school teacher, has been fostering an eight-year-old boy while the boy’s mother serves a jail sentence. Scott and Mara both have five days left until they must say good-bye to the ones they love the most. Through their stories, Julie Lawson Timmer explores the individual limits of human endurance, the power of relationships, and that sometimes loving someone means holding on, and sometimes it means letting go.
If you don't mind your heart being ripped out, stepped on, kicked a few times, put back in, and then ripped out ALL over again - you should read this book.
Multiple times I had to put it down and walk away, just because I knew I would become a blubbering mess otherwise.
This book... holy crap balls... It doesn't have just one but TWO gut wrenching stories. As soon as you think you've gotten over one part and you're ready to move on, this is what the author does, "NOPE! HAVE MORE FEELS! *cackles evilly while sipping tea with Satan."
Don't think I didn't love this book, because I absolutely did. I highly recommend it. It was beautifully written, both stories inside of it.
The author let us see inside the mind of a woman who is struggling with Huntington's and of a man who has to give up the child he has been fostering for the last year. She captures their emotions so amazingly, I can't help but feel this horrible pain in my heart as I read what they had to go through.
This isn't a happy go lucky book. Don't get it if you can't handle some pretty damn strong feelings of sorrow. But it is so full of love and other wonderful things that you would be missing out if you passed up a chance to read it.