DISCLAIMER: I received an ARC in exchange for an honest review.
PUBLICATION: Lake Union Publishing, May 31st, 2016
Claire is a children's book illustrator whose husband, Josh, writes the stories. Together, they have a beautiful and wonderful marriage but she is faced with having to give up on ever being a mother. On a trip to Europe, they spend time together as a "farewell" to their dreams of becoming parents. Upon return to America, Claire is hit with severe headaches that just never seem to get better. She decides to go to the local doctor who happens to be her best friend Abigail and upon testing, she finds out she is pregnant but things aren't go too well. After further investigation, she is hit with a diagnosis that changes everything, forcing her to choose between her own life and that of her unborn baby's.
When you read a book with that premise, you pretty much know what you're going to get. Tears. And lots of them! Even the cover screams "Tears! Sadness! Grief!" Granted I didn't cry while reading this book, but it sure did stir quite a bit of emotions in me. Written in a way that makes the characters believable and relatable, Holmes goes for the tear-jerker here. She does a fantastic job at really drawing the reader in on this dilemma, often times making themselves ask what they would do.
A fairly quick book, this novel reads well until the end. I won't ruin anything but I felt like the ending should've be drawn out a bit more but that didn't really detract from this being a great story due to the fact that Holmes adds multiple little side stories that give the overall book more depth such as Claire's relationship with her own mother, Millie, and the struggling marriage between Abigail and her husband, Derek. None of these side stories are big enough to distract the reader but they do add a sense of realness to the book. Having lost a father to cancer, I know first hand that there are other things going on in the world while someone you love is sick.
So grab a box of Kleenex tissues and crack it open. Definitely worth a read.
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