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- Listening Length: 8 hours and 25 minutes
- Program Type: Audiobook
- Version: Unabridged
- Publisher: Audible Studios
- Audible.com Release Date: May 29, 2012
- Whispersync for Voice: Ready
- Language: English
- ASIN: B00870FI5W
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Melissa's writing flows effortlessly and she made me fall in love with her characters who were very much alive on the pages. The pages turned quickly wanting to find out the secrets they each held.
I lost my mom to cancer almost 20 years ago and there isn't a day that goes by that I don't ache to talk to her. There was so much in this book that was actually healing for me after all these years.
I am so glad that I found a new author to add to my short list of favorites.
Wonderful account of the relationships among a group of friends, and a wonderful reflection about the meaning of being family and of loving and sharing love with others. Powerful story about the power of love and about the ways people develop to deal with the pain of losing loved ones.
The pace of the novel is quite adequate, since it lets the reader know new information little by little, giving you space for trying to guess, although the twists are so unexpected that it is difficult to guess what is going to happen next. The building of suspense is so good that the story keeps you hooked almost from the beginning.
The characters are well depicted and seem quite real. Using a different register for Olivia, so she sounds like a real teenager.
If I have to find a flaw to this enjoyable and emotional book is that sometimes I found some vocabulary a bit repetitive. We love synonyms!
Megan is a single mother to Olivia and perfectly happy with her life except for the fact that her cancer has returned and the outlook isn't good this time. Megan and her daughter have always been extremely close. Really Megan has devoted her life to Olivia and vice versa. Since her mother had cancer the first time Olivia would much rather spend time with her mother than anywhere else. More than anything Megan does not want her daughter to have to watch her deteriorate to nothing so she makes the decision to do nothing and leave the world `her way'.
This novel also has some elements of the paranormal in that Megan and Olivia share a very deep connection in that Megan can feel emotions or pain that Olivia is in. I quite enjoyed that part of the story as I do believe that there are people in the world that share such connections. Megan's main goal was to cause the least amount of pain and suffering to her daughter and her friends Holly, Jack, and Peter. This is really a story of one woman's courage to leave life on her own terms and I respect that.
I liked the characters in this novel although I can't say I really felt any strong connection with them and even though in some ways this was a sad story, it really seemed to be hopeful as well in a strange kind of way. I guess it shows us that life goes on even when in our darkest moments we believe it can't. As Olivia says at one point in the story that the sun still comes up and the day still goes on even though her mother is gone. Even though I didn't form any connection to the characters it absolutely didn't take away from me liking this story which sounds odd I know, but still true. I guess in some ways I would have to say I liked Megan the most because, like her, I wouldn't want to put my loved ones through any more suffering than I had to.
That being said I think this book would make a great book club selection. What would you do for those you love? What decisions would you make? I constantly questioned myself throughout this book - what would I do? Ultimately I feel I would follow Megan's path. Then there is the other side of the story that involves all the secrets that have gone on between the friends. They have all kept their secrets buried but with the death of Megan they begin to question themselves and their decisions.
I really enjoyed Megan's Way by Melissa Foster. I finished it quite quickly as once I got started I needed to get to the end to learn just what everyone's secrets were. I have to say I was actually surprised by at least one of the secrets harbored by one of the friends. I just didn't see it coming. All in all this was a good read for me.