Author: Elissa Grossell Dickey
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Source: Kristin of Kritters Ramblings
Goodreads: A compelling and provocative debut novel told in intersecting timelines over a tumultuous, defining year in one woman’s life.
Simone is trying her best not to think of what she’s lost. Diagnosed with MS, she awaits the results of another anxiety-inducing MRI. She’s just walked away from Connor, “a fixer” but possibly the love of her life. And nearing the holidays, the sights and sounds of winter in South Dakota only prick memories of better years gone by. Then, on a December morning at the university where she works, jarring gunshots pierce the halls. In a temporary safe place and terrified, Simone listens and pretends this will all be over soon.
As she waits for silence, her mind racing, Simone’s past year comes into focus. Falling in love and missing it. Finding strength in family and enduring friendships. Planning for the future, fearing it, and hoping against hope in dark places. Her life has been changing at the speed of light, and each crossroad brought Simone here, to this day, to endure the things she can’t control and to confront those that she can.
Ope’s Opinion: This was a wonderful story of love, mystery and multiple sclerosis. The author flipped from present ( a mystery about a shooting ) to the past ( Simone learning she has MS ). It really worked and kept me turning the pages to see how it was all going to turn out. I did not want to put the book down.
The main characters met in a natural way. Their relationship happened in a realistic and enjoyable way. They just seem to belong together.
The ending was what you wanted. It answered all your questions. I am going to look at Elissa Grossell Dickey’s other books now.