Poignant heart breaker



5 star rating


Karen Neulander has raised her beloved son, Jacob, on her own. Jacob’s father, Dave, made it very clear to her that he had no interest in having children and responded negatively when he found out she was pregnant.  Jacob is now 6 years old and wants to meet his father.  Karen gives in to his request because she has cancer and a limited time left with Jacob.  She wants to end her life and motherhood in the best way that she can.  But can she give Jacob what he wants the most – the father who hadn’t wanted him to come into the world?  She attempts to write a book for Jacob to read when he turns 18 to help him understand and remember their history together as she prepares for his future without her.

The entire book is a mother’s letter to her son. I haven’t cried this much over a book in quite a long time.  This story just wrapped itself around my heart.  The book is very readable and engrossing, witty and compelling.  The author has fully brought the character of Karen Neulander to life.  I rejoiced with her, I suffered with her and I mourned for her upcoming loss with her.  It’s very true to life and painfully honest and not sappy in the least.  Within the main story is also an insightful look into Karen’s job as a political consultant and the moral crisis she goes through with her last client.

Highly recommended. This book was given to me by the publisher in return for an honest review.



7 thoughts on “Poignant heart breaker

    1. I’m so sorry to hear that you went through that with your mom, Ethan. The character in this book has ovarian cancer and there are quite explicit descriptions of what she goes through in that regard. Some books touch quite tender spots in our hearts, don’t they? Blessings to you.


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