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Wednesday, 15 October 2014

Five Days Left by Julie Lawson Timmer

4 out of 5 stars

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A heartwarming tale of two different people who struggle to do what they think is right for themselves and the people they love.  How far would you go to protect the ones you love and the choices we make?

Mara Nichols had it all but life throws her a big curve.  When her world starts to crumble and she learns that she is slowly dying .  Her career as a lawyer starts to crumble, she becomes more aggravated with her doctor husband over the simplest things and her young daughter starts to not want to be seen with her public.

She has trouble sleeping and finds herself having “accidents” in public and needing diapers, she knows her time is coming.  Not wanting to stick around a few more years and needing to be put away and watching her husband go through her decline she decides to end her life on her birthday, 

Trying to stay in some control before the day, she watches the life she once known slowly disappear each day as she cannot do what she used to do.  We see her struggling to cope and her quick decline.

Then there is Scott Coffman a middle school teacher whose wife is expecting their first child.  They been foster parents to an eight old boy whose mom is in jail sentence for drugs. And she is getting out soon and will be release back into her custody.  Scott finds it hard to say goodbye to him as he is attached to him but he knows it was only temporary as he must face the upcoming birth of their own child.

They each having five days left to cope with their situation and move onward.  We sometimes have to let go in order to move on and grow.  There is no thing as the right decision but how we move on.

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