Ellie's life is falling apart; her marriage is in free fall since the death of her daughter; she is hopelessly overweight and unfit, and then she finds herself volunteering to run the London Marathon to save the local children's hospice from being bulldozed by developers! Phil is Ellie’s husband, unable to cope with the death of his daughter, he tries desperately to move on and put the past behind him, not realising that he is losing his family in the process. Nick was a professional rugby player until a motorcycle accident left him permanently disabled. Now he takes his frustrations out on anyone who tries to get close to him. Nick and Ellie need each other, although for vastly different reasons, but when they get together the sparks ignite a fire that threatens to burn out of control. Will anyone’s life ever be the same again?
A woman's struggle for fitness, love, and reconcilliation.
First off I will say that I don’t understand some of the Amazon reviewers' references to this being a ‘girlie’ book, it is a story ANYONE can relate to. A fat (not to mince words!) and unfit woman, Ellie, decides to run a marathon to raise funds for the hospice she works at, to prevent it from closure.
The book starts a little slowly whilst we are introduced to her family but once it gets going it is difficult to put down! A ‘Mickey Goldmill’ type character is enlisted as her personal trainer, and there then ensue many trials and tribulations as she works towards her goal. The characterization is good, and there is conflict a-plenty! In addition, there is a mystery that runs through much of the book.
The storyline is quite grim at times, but there are moments of real humour, one being at Ellie’s first swimming session that had me laughing out loud!
Striving towards a seemingly impossible goal, surviving all that life throws at you, and reconciliation are prominent themes, and the story is very inspiring. I would definitely recommend the book, and it would make a fantastic film too!
Too many exclamation points and the writing is a bit amateurish at times, but Ellie is real and easy to relate to, even if one hasn't had the same life experiences she has. The reader roots for out-of-shape Ellie as she prepares to run the London marathon, and as she and her husband struggle in their marriage after the loss of their daughter.