Monday, September 1, 2014

Five Days Left by Julie Lawson Timmer

Five Days Left

Five Days Left by Julie Lawson Timmer
Hardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: September 9th 2014 by Putnam Adult

"A beautifully drawn study of what is at risk when you lose control of your own life.  Unique, gripping, and viscerally moving -- this impressive debut novel heralds the arrival of an extremely talented writer." —Jodi Picoult, New York Times bestselling author of The Storyteller and Lone Wolf

Destined to be a book club favorite, a heart-wrenching debut about two people who must decide how much they’re willing to sacrifice for love.

Mara Nichols, a successful lawyer, and devoted wife and adoptive mother, has recently been diagnosed with a terminal disease. Scott Coffman, a middle school teacher, has been fostering an eight-year-old boy while the boy’s mother serves a jail sentence. Scott and Mara both have five days left until they must say good-bye to the ones they love the most. Through their stories, Julie Lawson Timmer explores the individual limits of human endurance, the power of relationships, and that sometimes loving someone means holding on, and sometimes it means letting go.

My thoughts about Five Days Left ~~

I just finished reading Five Days Left. Wow, what an emotional ride that was! The story centers on two main characters, Mara and Scott and is told from their alternating points of view. They come to know each other through an online forum but what they are going though is so much different from what the other one is dealing with. They are there for the support, even if sometimes they aren't completely truthful about what is going on.

Mara has been diganosed with a terminal disease and she is experiencing all kinds of emotions as her family watches her struggle as her disease progress. She starts to think that maybe they would be better off without her. And Scott takes in a little boy for a year while the boy's mom is in jail. Soon that year will be up and can he say goodbye? It's going to break both of their hearts.

Like I said, this story is so emotional and I found myself going from happy to sad in a blink of an eye. Somedays were good days and somedays were bad days. Both characters become very real to me and as they were struggling with their thoughts and feelings, so was I. I have to admit, I had to get the tissues out. I love it when stories and characters become so real to me that I feel their pain as well as their hapiness.

Five Days Left is Juie's first novel and it was an amazing debut. I am excited to see what other stories she has for us.

About the author

Julie Lawson Timmer grew up in Stratford, Ontario, and now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband Dan, their four teenaged children and two badly-behaved labs. By day, she works as in-house legal counsel. By night, she is a writer, mom and stepmom, dreadful cook and fledgling CrossFitter.

FIVE DAYS LEFT is her first novel.

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  1. i had written a lovely post and it disappeared while google made me sign in. anyway. this looks like a great book with heart wrenching stories. i look forward to reading it. congratulations on writing it and getting it published!! good for you.

  2. Wow - this book sounds like a fantastic emotional read and I'd not heard of it before - thank you.


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