Tuesday, October 1, 2013

Today Only By Derinda Love

Reviewer: Elaina
Rating: 4 stars

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.
Excerpt Rye's PoV

My time here is dwindling. Everything around me – my body, the transition from winter to spring, the height chart marking the growth of my daughter, Emily – reminds me that the hourglass that is my life has only a few grains of sand left.
It’s my first thought this morning. I awoke early for a fundraiser, the Big Walk for March of Dimes. I start off with my daily routine. I jump in the shower, trying not to notice how much the droplets of water hurt my skin. The sting is too much this morning. I get out quickly, dry off and throw my hair in a simple ponytail at the base of my neck. I catch my reflection in the mirror and stare at myself for a minute.
Just a little longer? So I can watch Em grow up?
Sadly, my mirror doesn’t have an answer for me.
"Come on, Em!" I call to my daughter. "Get your shoes on, before we’re late."
I turn away from the mirror, then hurry into the living room and grab Emily by the hand.
"You ready Em?" I ask. Whatever dread or fear I feel in front of my mirror fades at the sight of Em’s beautiful blue eyes. 
She looks up at me with the biggest smile, and exclaims, "Yes!"
We hop in the car and head towards the Walk. My daughter’s eyes are glowing. 
"Mama, this is going to be the best walk ever," she almost squeals in excitement. The innocence of my little angel never fails to humble me.
She doesn’t yet understand that this might be my last Walk with her. 
"Yes, honey, this is going to be the best walk ever," I agree. 

Where do I even start with this amazing book? I have never found a book that I could actually feel the emotions that where being described by the author. I found the love shared between Rye Silcox and Jett Conner a true love that people only find once in a life time. They had a long hard rode full of tragedy and laughter. Rye’s daughter Emily seemed to know from the first day she met him. Emily wanted her mother to be happy and she also wanted a father. I love how Derinda Love captures the true meaning of family in this story. It teaches many lessons that people go years without truly figuring out in life until it is too late. The main being we need today only. Make memories that when the day is gone, and the people of today have gone we can look back to see just how happy we were. In those memories we can keep our loved ones alive.
I also loved how she included Nashville, Tennessee in her book and the book conventions there. All I can say is I am now hooked on her books, and I can’t wait to read another book by her.

About the Author
Derinda Love lives in Maine. Her biggest passion is for her family and friends. She adores loving others as if it is the biggest gift life can offer. She is a read-a-holic, loves chocolate, cowboys and everyone on her Young Adult & Teen Readers Facebook page. Her dream is to travel to Australia one day. 

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1 comment:

  1. Thank you so much for this beautiful honor and great review! Sending so much love and support your way!