Welcome to My Family’s Heart part of the Spread some Indie Love Blog Hop – 2016 thanks for visiting our page. Today we are sharing two books by the lovely author Derinda Love. Don’t forget to check out the giveaway at the end & leave your comment before doing the giveaway (so you don’t have to go back and forth) 🙂 – Tonya @ My Family’s Heart
♥ Book Info ♥
♥ Title ~ Today Only
♥ Author ~ Derinda Love
♥ Genre ~ Contemporary Romance Fiction
♥ Release Date ~ May 11, 2013
♥ Publisher ~ Lizzy Ford
♥ Cover Design ~ Airicka Phoenix
♥ # Of Hearts ~ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ ♥ (Yes 10 – My First Ever)
I know Shelfari.com, Goodreads.com & Amazon.com only allow for 5 Stars – but there is no way I could give this book anything less than 10. So on those sites there may be only 5 but here on my personal blog it is 10 out of 10.
♥ BOOK DESCRIPTION ♥
In life, there are times you are granted a miracle. It may not be the one you wanted exactly, but it will be the one you need. It will prepare you for the next step in your journey and help you learn to accept the life you are given, even if that life can be heartbreaking.
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My Personal Review
Right from the start I can feel the anguish Rye Silcox is feeling. Her urgency to be with her daughter, to see her grow, to not miss anything. Her daughter Em, what a breath of fresh air she is. Had me laughing and crying and then laughing again. Em just wriggles right into your heart from the very start of this book.
Jett, what can you say, well exactly what Em says “Bow Chicha Wow Wow” – LOL. Come on military man, nice body, good looking, caring, loving, devoted, completely amazing. Yes my heart melted. I love how gentlemanly he is, call me old fashioned but I love a man who respects women enough to open doors, pay for meals, hold their hands, etc. I may be independent but to me that is a sign of a strong man who can endure all things and sadly there are too few of those left.
Jett had my heart aching for him. Crying my eyes out at the losses he has suffered. Reading him talk about it, the losses, trying to deal with it – you can feel what he is feeling. Author Derinda Love did an amazing job drawing you into their lives, into the story, making the store the here and now. I felt like I was a character sitting in the same room everyone else was in. I think I cried and laughed more in this book, within the very same page even, than I have in any other book I have ever read. Everything the characters in this book go through, every emotion, it just pours out of the pages.
I I know what it is to be a struggling single mom, it has been my life’s story. But to be a single mom who is dying with a 10 year old daughter – how heartbreaking. Rye has an amazing support system with lots of love from family and friends. But her one dream has never come true. Jett could be that dream. But with her diagnosis she just refuses to go there. She feels as though it is an unobtainable dream and unfair to Jett.
Let me suggest – don’t read this book while you are at work, especially at your desk while your system is down. I am not a big fan of spoilers, but I have to say, the car accident scene in this book completely ripped my heart apart. I was blubbering at my desk uncontrollably and yes everyone was staring at me like I had lost it. Well I did lose it LOL. The scene is so moving, so heart wrenching and so touching all at one time.
As heart wrenching as that was, what Rye learns from it sets her onto a whole new path, one of discovery, life and love. I really enjoyed watching Rye go down this new path. Seeing her experience her dream.
I loved one of the sayings Rye and her sister Katy mention. Something their mom always says. “Always remember the bread and butter. When two things belong together, you cannot separate them.” Simple yet very powerful words right there.
This book was very hard for me to read – having lost my mother to a year long battle with one of the most aggressive and fast spreading cancers, the loss of my mom was ever present throughout this entire book. And yes the last few chapters of this book were the most heart wrenching, moving, emotional and touching. The words within the last few chapters are very profound and will be with me always.
I close this review by saying thank you Derinda for such an amazing, heart felt, passionate, funny, touching, loving, emotional roller coaster of a ride. My heart is so much better for having read this book. And I dedicate this review to my mother Ruth Ann Gauthier – gone from this earth but never gone from my heart. All my love ~ Tonya
I Will See You Today…
~ Jett’s Poetry
My Favorite Excerpt
- From the kitchen, I hear Katy yell for her mom. She sounds frantic.
I dart into the dining room and see Rye lying on the floor. Kneeling beside her, I check her pulse then open her eyelids to check the dilation of her eyes. My heart is flying and though I don’t display it, I feel as panicked as Katy.
“Mark, can you carry Rye to her room?” Dee calls to her son-in-law.
“No, I will!” I snap when Mark reaches for her.
I reach down, gently placing one arm under Rye’s knees and the other under her head to brace her neck. Her face is pale, but her heartbeat is strong, and she’s breathing deeply.
“Can you tell me where her bedroom is?” I ask Dee.
Dee walks me to her room. I lower Rye carefully to the bed then straighten, glancing around. Bottles of medicine line her nightstand, and there’s an IV pole off to the side. My thoughts return to the brain tumor for the first time since I learned of it. I didn’t want to think about it, not when I was enjoying my time with her. I could help her regain her mobility after the accident. I can do nothing about a brain tumor. I guess I hoped I wouldn’t have to face that reality just yet.
“How long?” I whisper to Dee, no longer able to ignore the signs before me.
“We don’t know,” Dee replies, her eyes sad and glassy, “We have to wait for the next MRI to see if it’s grown. They found the tumor over a year ago, but due to the location, they are unable to remove it.”
The words fall like blows. I can’t believe I’m hearing them. I can’t believe the beautiful, sweet, kind woman I spent two weeks talking to in the hospital – will soon be gone for good.
“Jett.” The note in Dee’s voice draws my attention. “I think its best you walk away now. She and Em don’t need anymore heartbreak.”
Despite the warring emotions, I know this isn’t how I want it to end.
“I spent every day while I was in Iraq thinking it was my last. I lived and loved everything from one day to the next,” I say, taking a deep breath. “With the utmost respect Ms. Silcox, I will do the same with Rye. I refuse to walk away.”
She looks me in the eye and smiles. “I knew you would feel that way, but I needed to give you the option. I can’t see her in more pain than she is now, if you decided you can’t do this.”
“No more options or advice when it comes to Rye,” I tell her firmly. “I know what I want, and I know what I need to do. One thing I’ve learned: life is not promised to anyone.” Every instinct of my body supports this decision.
I turn and walk to the kitchen to grab Rye a bottle of water. When I return, I see Dee, sitting beside Rye’s bed and reading to her. Em is sprawled out at the end of the bed doing homework, while Katy is wiping Rye’s forehead with a damp cloth.
My first thought is how calm and routine the scene appears. I’m touched by their affection and dedication.
I go to the other side of the bed and run my finger down the bridge of Rye’s nose, whispering, “I’ll see you in the Morning. Sleep well.”
I stand up to go, whine I notice a pen and paper on Rye’s desk. Pausing, I write a quick note then leave the room.
This is my personal review of “After Today” the 2nd book in the “Today Only” series by the fabulous and amazing author D. Love.
Buy Link for Today Only (Book #1) – Amazon US
Buy Link for After Today (Book #2) – Amazon US
After Today is the 2nd book in the “Today Only” series. A very emotional and inspirational series. And it is only the 2nd book ever that I am giving a 10 Heart Rating (Today Only being the 1st)
Let me first start off by saying if you have not read book #1 “Today Only” please DO NOT read this book until you do. You can find my review for the 1st book here and I really recommend reading my review and then the book –
Now onto the review for After Today, this picks up with Emily all grown up and working at a hospice type clinic. A place where your loved ones go to be taken care of until they pass on to the afterlife. When I read chapter 1 and there is Emily is with a patient who had just passed and think to myself. WOW, after losing her mother at such a young age to be working at this place where no one leaves to go home, but instead they leave for eternity, such strength that would take.
Her father Jett, who was married to her mother (Rye) for 1 year, again read book 1, bought the building and dedicated it to his wife, and Emily’s mother. What a tribute. Her life made such a big impact on those left behind.
I had a very hard time getting through book one. NOT because it was bad, because it was so good, so touching, so emotional and so moving for me. See I too have lost my mother. Anyone who has lost a loved one knows the pain of that loss. Anyone who has lost a mother knows the deepness of that pain. My mother was my best friend it felt like a double loss to me. Author D. Love’s Today Only book came to me at the perfect time.
Now reading After Today I feel the same emotions I felt reading book #1. This book is so well writing. Jett and Emily have struggled to move on, though they won’t admit it, though they try to not show it, everyone knows it. Jett worries about Emily, and vice versa.
In comes Brock, he is a landscape designer, good looking is putting it mildly. Down right gorgeous…. He comes into Emily’s life during a time that he himself is going through some personal turmoil. He is hired to design the perfect garden at the center and he is working for Emily.
The attraction between the two is immediate and unmistakable to everyone. But Emily isn’t quite ready. Then she learns one of her newer patients is Brock’s brother. That brings them even closer. Watching the interaction between Emily and Brock when dealing with the garden, his brother and other situations is so endearing, so touching. You can see how much he cares about her and you can see her fighting her feelings and how scared she is to open herself up to the possibility of Love.
Something in this book that had me really crying, the letters. The letters that Rye wrote before she passed away that are meant to be read during certain times in their lives. There are a few in here.
Please make sure you have tissue or a hanky ready because you will need it. You will go through a box easily in this book. But it isn’t sad tears, well they are but happy sad, such a good book, moving moments, touching scenes.
I have only ever given one other book in the hundreds and hundreds that I have read 10 stars and that was Today Only. This will now be my second book ever to receive a 10 star rating from me. I can’t say enough how absolutely amazing this book is.
Or, how eager I am to read Jett’s story next. Derinda – absolutely phenominal!!!!!
Meet D. Love
I live in Maine. My biggest passion is for my family and friends. I adore loving others as if it is the biggest gift life can offer. I’m a read-a-holic, loves chocolate, cowboys and everyone on Young Adult & Teen Readers Facebook page. My dream is to travel to Australia one day and see a kangaroo. I am nothing but simple. I do a lot of volunteer work.
I have 2 beautiful daughters. 4 grandchildren, that constantly ask me if I lived in the black & white days.
My inspiration would be my daughters. Rita for her strength to keep fighting and constantly trying to take care of me, even though sometimes she can’t get out of bed & Kayla, for helping to pick up all the pieces that seem to fall when times get rough, and the love they have for me.
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And now the Giveaway
One winner will win an eCopy of both Today Only & After Today by author D. Love
Two winners will win a My Family’s Heart Pen
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