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I loved this book. I say that a lot, but it is completely appropriate for this book.
The set-up for conflict in this book was pretty clear and a story we have seen before – a woman dealing with her dying father and her crumbling marriage. The execution, however, was anything but predictable. Kate is a strong character whose life is teetering. The book opens with her at her dying father’s side, unable to tell him how she really feels. She opens up to his hospice nurse, sharing her memories of her father after her mother’s untimely death by a drunk driver. Kate is bitter, and shadowed by the painful remembrances, unburdens herself. Doris, the nurse, is empathetic and reassuring, letting Kate know her feelings are valid and understandable, but also gently letting Kate know that time is running out.
As she leaves her father’s cabin in the woods, Kate realizes she’s late, and her husband Drew, a divorce attorney, is due home.
Why anyone would choose to become a divorce attorney is beyond me, but seeing the money Drew pulls in, I will concede it might be worth a look. But it also sounds soul-sucking.
The point-of-view alternates between Kate and Drew. Drew’s perspective of the marriage is very different. He is ready to walk away, feeling he is not the centre of Kate’s world. Kate is feeling lonely because Drew has made a string of broken promises.
Kate is in an accident and everything from there goes a little sideways.
I always take notes when I listen to a book, but I don’t want to spoil anything, so I can’t share most of them. The book takes some twists and turns. Some were predictable and others were shocking. This book is about a marriage in crisis and how a couple, when faced with the possibility of losing each other, find a way back.
It is the secrets that have all the power in Kate’s world. As each one is revealed, she is forced to examine her life through a new lens. All that she had believed is called into question. Her entire life is turned upside down. It is at this pivotal moment that Drew has to make the decision of whether or not to try to his marriage.
There are other characters in the background whose stories directly impact Kate and Drew, and some of those stories don’t get resolved until the end of the book, which kept me listening anxiously.
This is a wonderful book about relationships: a daughter and her father, a wife and a husband, friends and lovers, and complete strangers. I cannot say enough good things about the resolution.
Anne Sperry Connors is a new narrator to me and I think she was perfect for the story. A couple of mispronounced words weren’t a big deal. Her voice carries the range needed for the male and female characters as well as Kate’s dying father – croaking voice and all.
This is a must-listen.
Great book and narration. Would recommend highly. I was voluntarily provided this free review copy by the author, narrator or publisher