Tuesday, September 9, 2014

Putnam Adult ARC Review: Five Days Left (Julie Lawson Timmer)

Five Days LeftHardcover, 352 pages
Expected publication: September 9th 2014 by Putnam Adult

"A beautifully drawn study of what is at risk when you lose control of your own life. Unique, gripping, and viscerally moving -- this impressive debut novel heralds the arrival of an extremely talented writer." —Jodi Picoult,New York Times bestselling author of The Storyteller and Lone Wolf
Destined to be a book club favorite, a heart-wrenching debut about two people who must decide how much they’re willing to sacrifice for love.Mara Nichols, a successful lawyer, and devoted wife and adoptive mother, has recently been diagnosed with a terminal disease. Scott Coffman, a middle school teacher, has been fostering an eight-year-old boy while the boy’s mother serves a jail sentence. Scott and Mara both have five days left until they must say good-bye to the ones they love the most. Through their stories, Julie Lawson Timmer explores the individual limits of human endurance, the power of relationships, and that sometimes loving someone means holding on, and sometimes it means letting go. 

Julie Lawson Timmer

Julie Lawson Timmer grew up in Stratford, Ontario, and now lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan with her husband Dan, their four teenaged children and two badly-behaved labs. By day, she works as in-house legal counsel. By night, she is a writer, mom and stepmom, dreadful cook and fledgling CrossFitter. FIVE DAYS LEFT is her first novel.

WOW...left me speechless! Five Days Left gives you two stories in one book!! The author does a great job of blending 5 days in the life of two very different people that are facing a countdown of time. The two main characters, Mara and Scott, have never meet in person but have come to know each other through an online forum. 

 How would it feel to know that you were going to die...but not quickly...a slow process where you lose control of your body and mind. That is what Mara was facing after being diagnosed with Huntington's disease. Scott and his wife had agreed to be legal guardians for a 8 yr old boy for 12 months...but now they are attached and love the boy even though their time together is coming to an end. What happens on that fifth day and final day?! 

 I highly recommend reading this amazing book! I give it 5 stars!

**I want to say Thank You to Putnam Adult for the opportunity to review this book!!**

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