Saturday, 10 May 2014

Books Read: Kaira Rouda - In the Mirror

Jennifer Benson has it all: a successful career, a perfect husband, two kids and abundant friendships. The only problem is she may be dying. Diagnosed with cancer, she enters an experimental treatment facility to tackle her death sentence the same way she's tackled her life - head on. While she's there, she decides to throw herself a party, but what she doesn't plan for is her marriage to be threatened by the sudden return of a high school sweetheart.

IN THE MIRROR is the realistic love story about a woman facing a deadly illness, and her loves past and present. It's a story that unfolds with a delightful blend of humor and poignancy, ringing true in the heart of anyone who has ignored a warning of her own.

If you knew you might die, what choices would you make? How would it affect your marriage? How would you live each day? How many warnings would you ignore? And how would you say no to the one who got away?

When I first saw that In the Mirror was available for all reviewers to download on NetGalley I was in two minds about it as didn't particularly sound like a cheery topic to read about!

Jennifer is a young woman who has everything to live for, a loving husband, two beautiful babies and a successful business so is devastated when she is diagnosed with breast cancer shortly after the birth of her baby daughter Hannah.

Currently staying in a treatment facility undergoing experimental treatment she starts to plan a party to celebrate her life inviting all her friends, past and present, and family.  Her mother doesn't think that this is a good idea as it's too morbid but it gives Jennifer something to think about and plan.  It also gives her a chance to look back and events in her past to see whether she could have done anything differently particularly with her ex boyfriend whose re-appearance triggers a whole load of confusing feelings and emotions.

Touch wood I've never had to deal with anything as serious as cancer in my life but I'm sure that if I were in Jennifer's shoes I too probably would take a look back at my life to see whether I had achieved everything I had wanted to.

This novel certainly looked at the darker side of cancer and the emotions of all connected, not just the sufferer but their loved ones too, so if you're after a cheery read then this one is probably not for you.  For me this story came to an end a little too soon as it's actually one that I would have loved to see a follow up several months down the line to see how Jennifer was doing.

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