A Life Without You - Shari Low
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30-year-old Dee Harper and her husband, Luke, are blissfully happy. Everyday she makes her loyal parents Val & Don incredibly proud. Jen has been her best friend and 'adopted sister' since their days of teenage crushes, bad 90's make-up and huge hair. They are just like any other group of family and friends, living life, getting by with equal measures of love and laughter. Until one day everything changes. Dee is gone, killed by a reckless driver, leaving the people she loved to deal with their grief in different ways. A marriage is rocked as a parent becomes consumed with seeking justice. A husband struggles to accept the loss of his wife and their future. And a friend discovers that there were shocking secrets that went unshared. But all of them have to learn that the only way forward is to let go of the past.
This was such an emotional book; I knew it would be just from the description. However, I didn’t expect it to make me think! It made me think about my life and what people would think about me when I’m gone. Dee was so loved and so colourful when she was alive that she had given the loved ones that she left behind a lifetime of happy memories to draw upon when they needed to feel her presence. You really felt the pain of their loss emanating from the pages of the book, but you also felt the pain start to heal throughout it also. The book is so well written (a few typos aside) to give you a heartfelt, tragic yet hopeful book and I give praise to Shari Low for this (not something I often do!)