Author: Colleen Oakley
Publisher: Gallery Books
Goodreads: A heart-wrenching debut novel in the bestselling tradition of P.S. I Love You about a young woman with breast cancer who undertakes a mission to find a new wife for her husband before she passes away.
Twenty-seven-year-old Daisy already beat breast cancer three years ago. How can this be happening to her again?
On the eve of what was supposed to be a triumphant “Cancerversary” with her husband Jack to celebrate three years of being cancer-free, Daisy suffers a devastating blow: her doctor tells her that the cancer is back, but this time it’s an aggressive stage four diagnosis. She may have as few as four months left to live. Death is a frightening prospect—but not because she’s afraid for herself. She’s terrified of what will happen to her brilliant but otherwise charmingly helpless husband when she’s no longer there to take care of him. It’s this fear that keeps her up at night, until she stumbles on the solution: she has to find him another wife.
With a singular determination, Daisy scouts local parks and coffee shops and online dating sites looking for Jack’s perfect match. But the further she gets on her quest, the more she questions the sanity of her plan. As the thought of her husband with another woman becomes all too real, Daisy’s forced to decide what’s more important in the short amount of time she has left: her husband’s happiness—or her own?
Ope’s Opinion: The first part of the book read quickly for me and was very interesting. Everyone handles death differently, it was interesting how the author had each character deal with it. The middle drug on a bit for me as Daisy was obsessed with finding her husband a spouse. I thought that was such a sad waste of the time she had left. Instead of concentrating on leaving her husband the best memories, she was busy watching woman to see if they would be right for him.
I thought the subject and story were sad, but not to evoke tears – just sort of sad.