Caroline used to have it all: she was madly in love with her husband, Peter, and they worshiped their beautiful baby girl. But as Lily grows into a toddler, Caroline notices that her daughter seems to live and act with a disconnect, and soon the perfect future Caroline had envisioned, along with her marriage, begin to crumble. Now she and Peter are no longer lovers, they're plaintiffs in the throes of divorce while still struggling to care for Lily. After years of blame and overwhelming despair, Caroline's chance encounter with a stranger at University Hospital opens her eyes to the prospect of accepting new support, new loves, and new dreams.
From the acclaimed author of "The Final Piece" comes a story of a family broken and unable to cope with a daughter's disability. And a mother who finds that letting go of the life she imagined may be the only way to get to the life she was meant for.
"You make the rest of the world disappear." After years of fertility treatments and miscarriages, Caroline's wish came true. She has a daughter. But it's not exactly the dream she pictured it to be. Lily her 5-year old daughter suffers from a developmental disability and a seizure disorder. The doctors don't have a clear diagnosis and Lily is a toddler developmentally.
Caroline has given up her career, she in the midst of divorce and all she's left with is guilt. Guilt for wanting a different life for Lily, guilt for thinking she might not have gone through with fertility treatments if she had know the outcome, and guilt for pushing her husband away and trying to shoulder the burden alone. It's totally unexpected when she meets Tate in the cafeteria of the hospital. He's dealing with his own heartbreaking situation, but together they are able to find the peace and love they need to face the difficult times ahead. Tate is perfection!
This book was so touching. I don't have children, but I imagine it would be extremely difficult to watch your child struggle and not be able to fix it. Caroline's emotions in the beginning of the book felt genuine to me, but somewhere along the way the story felt a little bit disjointed. After meeting Tate her whole demeanor changed. Suddenly, she was able to relinquish control and let Lily go off with her dad constantly. And what happened to Max? I had such a crush on him after seeing him with Lily and then he just disappeared. Overall, a great story that left me wanting to read her other book.
*Complimentary copy provided by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review*