The Wakefields seem to have everything. Garrison is a hugely successful graphic artist. Liza is an active member of the community and a patron of the arts. Their 16-year-old daughter Angel is bright, beautiful, and a gifted dancer. At the same time, though, they have traded away many of their dreams. Garrison gave up a future as an accomplished painter to make money. Liza suspended her own dancing career to raise a family. And Angel is setting aside her ambitions to live her mother’s dream.
When Angel gets into a car accident that kills her first love, the Wakefields’ lives turn on a dime. While Angel lies in a coma from which even the best prognosis is devastating, Garrison and Liza sit by her side, their once-passionate marriage in tatters. As their heartache over Angel builds, Garrison and Liza struggle to rediscover who they once wereand who they were meant to be. They come to realize that it will take everything they have within themselves to heal Angel, heal their hearts, and renew the power of their love.
This is such a painfully personal story. Almost everything emotionally and physically painful happens to someone in the story, but it nevers seems overdone or excessive.
I was taken on an emotional rollercoaster that was firmly in the sad side in the beginning, and only reached happiness near the end. Reading the book, I was near the end before I was able to believe or understand the cover quote about the book being “uplifting” and “heartwarming”.
Overall, I’d suggest this book if you want a quick but hard hitting story. I’d suggest keeping some tissues nearby, just in case, and be prepared for emotional overload. It’s well worth it though.
Challenges read for:
2012 TBR Pile Reading Challenge
2012 Ebook Challenge