“An impressive feat…an immensely entertaining, moving and believable read” (Atlanta Journal-Constitution), this debut novel in the bestselling tradition of P.S. I Love You revolves around a young woman with breast cancer who undertakes a mission to find a new wife for her husband before she passes away.
Before I Go is more about the emotions than it is the story. I will tell you right now – if you are looking for “light and fluffy”, this isn’t the book for you. This is a well written book that had me flipping pages way past my bedtime!
The reader follows the main character, a 27-year old named Daisy, as she moves through her life. At the very young age of 24, Daisy has already survived breast cancer and on the “Cancerversary”, she finds out she has a very aggressive cancer with only a few months to live. Instead of wallowing in her diagnosis, Daisy accepts it, and begins to worry about her husband, Jack and how he will be able to cope without her there to take care of his life. She worries about who is going to cook for Jack, who will clean up all the socks he discards by his side of the bed, and even more, who will give him children. It’s impossible not to feel Daisy’s pain, confusion and sadness as she thinks about what life will be like after she’s gone.
Daisy decides to take on the task of finding Jack a wife before she leaves this earth, and that is how she begins to spend her time. While on one hand, I was curious to see how the events would progress in Daisy’s search for a wife, I was also worried about reaching the end, knowing what that meant. She gets help from her best friend and together they check out dog parks, coffee bars, and dating sites. Daisy begins evaluating every woman she meets and pulling away from Jack in an attempt to help him start a new life without her.
When I had finished Daisy’s story, I realized my eyes were full of tears and I had a lump in the back of my throat. I will not give away the ending except to say… YOU MUST READ IT!!! While the topic of this book is cancer, it is infused with humor and believeability.
Meet the Author: Colleen Oakley is an Atlanta-based writer. Her articles, essays, and interviews have been featured in The New York Times, Ladies’ Home Journal, Marie Claire, Women’s Health, Redbook, Parade, and Martha Stewart Weddings. Before she was a freelance writer, Colleen was editor-in-chief of Women’s Health & Fitness and senior editor at Marie Claire. Before I Go is her debut novel.
I received this eBook without cost in exchange for my honest and unbiased review from NetGalley.