For life and death are one, even as the river and the sea are one
While not all of this month’s books deal with death, many do—whether it be facing death, still mourning the death of a love one, or discovering secrets after the death of a family member. It seems apropos that the books in the middle of winter speak of the bleak and sorrowful, but end on an upward note, as we move toward spring.
The Life Intended by Kristin Harmel
In this richly told story where Sliding Doors meets P.S. I Love You, Kristin Harmel weaves a heart-wrenching tale that asks: what does it take to move forward in life without forgetting the past?
After her husband’s sudden death over ten years ago, Kate Waithman never expected to be lucky enough to find another love of her life. But now she’s planning her second walk down the aisle to a perfectly nice man. So why isn’t she more excited?
At first, Kate blames her lack of sleep on stress. But when she starts seeing Patrick, her late husband, in her dreams, she begins to wonder if she’s really ready to move on. Is Patrick trying to tell her something? Attempting to navigate between dreams and reality, Kate must uncover her husband’s hidden message. Her quest leads her to a sign language class and into the New York City foster system, where she finds rewards greater than she could have imagined.
Strengths: Heartwarming, alluring premise, appealing characters, HEA
Measure of Love: Teaspoon
Introspection Level: Medium
Thoughts: Taps into our greatest fantasies or beliefs—that our loved ones never leave us. They are just on a different plane, watching out for us, and guiding us.