Author: Julie Lawson Timmer
Source: from publisher for review
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Summary: This was an incredibly moving story, with interesting and heartbreaking ethical dilemmas.
“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.” (Source)
All of the reviews and even the Goodread’s summary described this book as heartbreaking and oh were they right. Both of the character in incredibly difficult situations. The author did an amazing job describing their emotions, making me empathize with them so much I felt like crying most of the day I was reading this book. They may sound like an unpleasant experience, but I loved reading this book. The author dealt with these tough topics with incredible compassion and empathy. She drew me into the story and I couldn’t put it down until I found out how both stories were resolved. I can tell it was a fantastic and engaging read, because I wrote two notes at the beginning of the book and then couldn’t pull myself away from reading to write any more!
I used to avoid books that I thought would make me sad and still avoid some tough topics, but this book and several other books about difficult topics have turned out to be some of my favorites. I can’t remember which blogger pointed this out (apologies!) but they said that if people can live through something, we can certainly read about. I think that’s a wonderful point. Reading a book like this is an incredible way to begin understanding the challenges some people are facing in their lives today. I wouldn’t say I enjoyed it for that reason; I enjoyed it because it was a wonderful, well-written, emotionally moving book. But I would recommend it even more highly for that reason.