Promise of Stardust
February 5th 2013 by William Morrow Paperbacks
Matt Beaulieu was two years old the first time he held Elle McClure in his arms, seventeen when he first kissed her under a sky filled with shooting stars, and thirty-three when he convinced her to marry him. Now in their late 30s, the deeply devoted couple has everything-except the baby they've always wanted.
When an accident leaves Elle brain dead, Matt is devastated. Though he cannot bear the thought of life without her, he knows Elle was afraid of only one thing-a slow death. And so, Matt resolves to take her off life support.
But Matt changes his mind when they discover Elle's pregnant. While there are no certainties, the baby might survive if Elle remains on life support. Matt's mother, Linney, disagrees with his decision. She loves Elle, too, and insists that Elle would never want to be kept alive on machines. Linney is prepared to fight her son in court-armed with Elle's living will.
Divided by the love they share, Matt and Linney will be pitted against each other, fighting for what they believe is right, and what they think Elle would have wanted resulting in a controversial legal battle that will ultimately go beyond one family . . . and one single life.
This book reminds me of the reason I love reading.
Reminding me that crying while reading is okay.
This book is heart breaking.
This book is intense and thought-provoking.
It causes conversations to take place.
It makes you want to talk with your loved ones.
We are thrown quickly into Matt's life as he is battling with the decision to take his wife Elle off of life support, even though she is currently pregnant. Elle experienced a terrible accident that has left her in a coma on life support in the hospital that her husband is employed at. Elle's family wants to remove her from life support believing this is what she would want.
An all out war ensues between Matt and Elle's family deciding whether Elle should be kept on life support with no guarantee that the baby will even survive. Flashbacks throughout the book tell the story of Matt and Elle. We get to see the struggles they have experienced with infertility and see how they have grown together as times are great and tough. We are shown how much Elle wants nothing more than a family.
The way Matt loves his wife is incredible. It made me wish that Elle was 'present' and he was able to express his love completely. I continued to hope that a miracle would happen. Priscille was able to provoke a variety of emotions from me. Hope and love prevailed over all. I believe if I book can legitimately effect your life it deserves no less than 5 stars.
|5 Coffee Cup Stars|
Finished January 18, 2014