What choices would you make if you knew you might die soon?
From the multi award-winning, best-selling author of four books, including Here, Home, Hope, a gripping and heart wrenching novel about a young mother who has it all. The only problem is she may be dying.
In her previous works including All the Difference, Rouda's characters "sparkle with humor and heart," and the stories are "told with honest insight and humor" (Booklist). "Inspirational and engaging" (ForeWord), these are the novels you'll turn to for strong female characters and an "engaging read" (Kirkus).
In the Mirror is the story of Jennifer Benson, a woman who seems to have it all. Diagnosed with cancer, she enters an experimental treatment facility to tackle her disease the same way she tackled her life - head on. But while she's busy fighting for a cure, running her business, planning a party, staying connected with her kids, and trying to keep her sanity, she ignores her own intuition and warnings from others and reignites an old relationship best left behind.
If you knew you might die, what choices would you make? How would it affect your marriage? How would you live each day? And how would you say no to the one who got away?
This is one of those books that you pick up and cannot put back down. I discovered from the story how isolating a terminal illness can be. Jennifer's life was contained in one room at the treatment facility. Everyone else could visit and be a small part of her life but they always left to get on with their living and Jennifer is left with feelings of loneliness.
Henry her husband had to work and look after their two small children although he did have a nanny to help him and I felt he was lucky in the sense he didn't have to juggle childcare as many do. Jennifer's cancer was diagnosed just after she gave birth to her daughter so she felt she had not bonded with her baby as she should. Hank her three year old son was like any child, boundless energy so their visits were brief.
A friendship is formed between Jennifer and fellow cancer patient Ralph who feels equally as isolated from his family. They each understand how the other feels and can have a laugh and joke with each other.
Relationships with Jennifer's parents seem to be at a distance and they are finding her diagnoses hard to handle.
Jennifer is planning a party to celebrate her life and meet the people who were important in it just in case the experimental treatment fails.
Enter Alex, the childhood and college sweetheart. He says he doesn't see the cancer patient but the beautiful young girl he still loves. Will Jennifer be swayed by smooth talk and is she still in love with Alex?
Cancer makes Jennifer feel unattractive to her husband as she lies around all day in sweatsuits and comfy socks.
My heart broke for Jennifer she seemed so alone cocooned in a hospital room not being able to take part in normal family life and with the knowledge that this treatment may be her last hope.
At first Henry didn't feel very supportive, I thought maybe he was getting ready to let go and therefore was distancing himself from his wife.In Jennifer's mind he was already looking for another wife and mother for the children and he had given up on her.
Alex arrives like a knight in shinning armour and is almost too good to be true. I had an uneasy feeling about him, after all Jennifer was now married with children and dying. I didn't think it was appropriate that he should want to be in her life again.
I wish I could tell you more but that would spoil it all and I'm not about to do that.
Please don't think you can't read this because you know someone with cancer and it would be too sad. Halfway through reading this book I lost someone to that horrible disease and I wish I had read it sooner because it gave a real insight to how people really feel when they are alone in that hospital bed fighting for survival.
The author handles this subject in a sensitive manner but also with humour. This story will have everyone thinking how they would cope with a terminal diagnoses.
I'd like to thank Fiction Addiction Book Tours for inviting me to be part of the book tour and to the author Kaira Rouda for a kindle copy of her book.
The USA /Canada giveaway for this Fiction Addiction Book Tour is
A scented candle, a cosy throw and A coffee/tea mug.
The International givaway on tour is a signed copy of all the author's novels including In The Mirror.