Wednesday, September 29, 2010
On My Nightstand - A Promise to Remember by Kathryn Cushman
Two families face the unbearable agony of losing their sons in a car crash. Two women from opposite worlds deal with their grief.
Andie Phelps has it all. A successful husband, a loving son, and charity work fill out her busy life. Melanie Johnston, a single mom, works hard to keep a roof over her son and daughter's heads. One terrible moment changes their lives forever.
Melanie seeks a legacy for her son, while Andie tries to find a reason to go on living. Will they each succeed or destroy their lives in the process?
Kathryn Cushman handles the complicated dynamics of working through loss, forgiveness, and love with the delicacy of a brain surgeon. Her characters are well defined, passionate, and sensitive.
I reached for the Kleenex often, especially toward the end of the book. Having experienced the loss of my husband, her descriptions rang true and yet brought comfort. Writers and readers will both enjoy the rich, emotional nuances of this book.
Disclaimer: Neither the publisher (Bethany House) or the author gave me any payment for this recommendation.
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