Wednesday, October 22, 2014
Five Days Left is a captivating, wonderous read!
"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.
What makes a outstanding, exceptional book? Well that is a good question. You have to have really great characters to the point that they do not feel like just characters in a story but real people that could be your friends. Second you have to have a strong story that pulls you in and even pulls at your heart strings. You know you achieved all of this when you can't stop reading the book and don't ever want it to end and even shed some tears for your friends. FYI-Be prepared to have a tissue and even have people look at you if you read this book in public. I did not have people looking at me but I had brought this book to work.
I was so invested in Mara's life that as the time got closer to the end. I was hoping for one more day. Scott I did like too. HIs relationship with Curtis was awesome but I just felt like the story focused more on Mara. I did not realize how evil a disease like Huntington can be to someone. I am still amazed by wonder that this is Mrs. Timmer's first book. She writes like a seasoned pro. I can't wait to see what she comes out with next. Five Days Left is a captivating, wonderous read!