Jul 03, 11
anyone who believes in the power of love
Read in June, 2011
I loved this book. It was inspiring, full of love and hope in what could have been a "hopeless" situation. What I especially liked was the author's characters.
Megan's love for her daughter and her friends is so warmly presented as are their love for her. How would a person who is dying deal with leaving those they loved and wanting to spare them the most pain and yet deal with her own feelings, knowing that there is no cure and that she will die, not to mention her physical pain?
Olivia's confusion, rebellion, anger with her mother seem realistic with what she is facing but also consistent with a teenage girl coping with growing up. She's suffered once with her mother's original diagnosis of cancer and when it returns, so does the pain.
Megan's three friends are loyal and accepting of the choices that she makes. Holly jumps right in to care for Megan and Olivia the first time Megan gets sick and she never seems to count the cost, but gives her love truly from her heart. Peter is able to be their for Olivia and still be loyal to his friend, probably a very difficult thing to do when you become friends with both a mother and her teenage daughter. Jack, in the beginning seems very much an extension of Holly. The reader knows that their love for each other is a strong bond and it's only toward the end of the novel that we learn of his true role in the story.
There are little touches of the supernatural in this book, but they are not the focus of the book. In the beginning Megan and Holly as teenagers themselves go to see a fortune teller at a carnival and this prepares the reader for the plot as well as the supernatural element. Megan, as a mother, has a sensitivity to Olivia's situations that go into the realm beyond a sixth sense. She literally feels things and knows things that are going on with Olivia that she could not know otherwise and that show what a loving mother she is. This love continues to manifest itself in the later half of the book as well when the picture is very different. (Don't want to give away a plot spoiler here)
If there is another book coming, I can't wait to read it!