I truly didn’t want this book to end. At its heart is the story of a tragic act, but it’s so much more than just that act. Each chapter is a literary work of art. There’s the story of Wade and Jenny and their two daughters, June and May, and the terrible act that tore them apart. There’s the story of Wade and Ann and her efforts to heal his broken heart and mind. There’s the story of Wade and his father and the health issue they share. There’s the story of June and May, two young sisters living their lives in the days before tragedy strikes. There’s the story of the friendship between Jenny and Elizabeth. There’s the story of a young boy who loses his leg in a freak accident. Each of these stories are tied together but each is worthy of its own telling.
The story is not told in a linear fashion. The chapters travel between present, past and future but are not confusing in any way. Time weaves back and forth to create a beautiful mosaic. All is tied together – love, forgiveness, regrets, memory, imagination. Ms. Ruskovich’s book deserves every award I’m sure it will get. This is one of my favorite books of the year. Most highly recommended.
This book was given to me by the publisher through NetGalley in return for an honest review.