A truly moving story about the last letter a World War II soldier writes to his wife, which is inadvertently lost in the mail and discovered sixty years later. It is delivered to his widow as she lies dying of cancer. This story was especially nostalgic to me as someone who grew up during those war years, with a father in the army. I felt empathy, too, for the caretaker daughter, since I too cared for two loved ones who died in similar circumstances. The widowed Maggie raises her daughter by herself and never remarries. The daughter, Mary, becomes a successful business woman. When Maggie nears her last weeks of life, Mary takes a leave of absence and brings her mother to her own home with home hospice care so that her last days will have her surrounded by some of her own things and Mary can always be with her. With an intriguing cover, the book is well set-up and may very well be based on a true story. "...the author's efforts showed great imagination and a knack for following a story down through the years." I liked the story a lot. It took me back in time and brought me to tears at the end. --Reviewed by Lola R. Eagle, author and poet ,Reading New Mexico
RT Rating: 4½ Stars
Category: MAINSTREAM FICTION
Published: March 2009
Type: Mainstream Fiction
Mulligan's stunning debut is impossible to put down. Using a series of flashbacks, it tells a beautiful love story and builds to a dramatic conclusion that touches the heart and soul.
Summary: When Mary's mother, Maggie, reveals that she has cancer and only a short time to live, Mary helps her prepare for her last days. During this time, she learns much about her father, who died before she was born.
Jimmy loved Maggie since first grade. It was natural for them to get married before he shipped out, and he prayed their wedding night would result in a baby. He gives his last letter for his beloved wife to his CO, but it doesn't surface again for 60 years. Will it reach Maggie in time? (BOOKSURGE, Mar., 380 pp., $16.99)