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Simon's Choice: How can a father ever let go? Paperback – July 14, 2010
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About the Author
The daughter of a successful novelist, Charlotte Castle considers herself 'chronically unemployable' and admits to being astounded that her book has had such a positive reception. "To be honest, I started writing 'Simon's Choice' out of a mixture of genuine desire to explore the horror of losing a child and a fair amount of desire to get out of mopping the kitchen floor. That people want to read it is wonderful." A school governor for her daughter's primary school and actively involved in her local 'Community Action Group', Charlotte juggles writing with cleaning up after a man whom she says is "completely unfamiliar with the term 'washing basket'", her cat and her two children.
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Regardless I turned to page 1. Two days later I have finished this brilliant book. This story has it all, emotion, light hearted moments and ultimately, although it is surrounded by death, has a `happy' ending which left me smiling and it was a total surprise.
I felt angry at Melissa for being so spiteful. I was annoyed at Simon for shutting his wife out. My heart swelled over Sarah's courage. Charlotte has delivered powerful, memorable and lovable characters who during the worst of times show depth. These people felt real to me.
The cleverly interwoven back stories helped me learn more about Melissa and Simon and why they made the choices they did during Sarah's last weeks. How would you react during such a horrific moment in your life, the thought of losing a child?
It has been a long time since I have finished a book in such a short time but from the moment I opened this book I couldn't stop reading. Every spare moment I read another page or chapter. I wanted to know what Simon would do, wanted to live every moment with these characters as they experienced this tragic story.
This is clever, at times witty, heart warming and original, delving into human emotions with finesse.
I highly recommend this book by Charlotte Castle. I believe we will be seeing more of her.
Simon and his wife have gone through varying degrees of devotion over the course of their daughter's illness. They have grasped onto their faith as if it is the very life blood that is keeping them going. They have doubted the purpose of God and questioned His decision to take away their precious daughter. They have discussed the idea of Heaven. Unfortunately, they are rarely on the same page at the same time.
And then their daughter, who is going to soon be leaving them, asks about her eventual transition to the other side. The conversation between Simon and Sarah is one that socked me in the gut.
What would you say to your daughter if you knew she was going to die? What would you say when she wants you to go with her? Ponder these questions as you examine your own faith while reading this story. And keep a box of Kleenex on hand. You will need it.
I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.
The characters of Simon's Choice are well-rounded and realistic. Though at some points their actions seemed absurd and totally uncalled for, when I reached the end everything made more sense and I understood why the book had been structured that way.
Sarah is an adorable little girl and it's heartbreaking to know that there are families like Simon's that have to live through situations like these. I didn't know much about what would happen with cancer treatments and such, and Charlotte Castle guided the reader through what could have been several pages of confusing medical terms and chose not to focus on the exact treatments but on the characters and their emotions. This was something that I especially liked.
I'd definitely recommend this book. It was beautiful, tragic, and bittersweet. Simon's Choice gets 4/5 stars.