Saturday 6th July 2013
REVIEW:- Today Only
by Derinda Love
The surroundings of Maine sound wonderful and a place I have never been to before but is now on my "to visit" list. Author Derinda Love took me to the Kennebec River, and wow what a river. This is where Rye met Jet, and they recall knowing each other at school.
One of the reasons why I loved this book was because of Rye, her strengths, her weaknesses, love and understanding. She makes me feel I have gone through her motions throughout Today Only.
Em is Rye's daughter and throughout this book has strength beyond what I can comprehend a child to have. She touches the hearts of everyone and not in an annoying `favorite' way. She has wisdom I wish some grown-ups could have! The strength in the family is a page turner.
The love Em has for her mother is unique and very special. She took her mum to do a run with her and was proud to, which is what all families should be like. She goes for ice cream like children aged Ten do. She calls her mum "mama" and I like the innocence of that.
Today Only has a strong family connection of characters like Rye's mother ...... and Jet's father Madison. It is a family strength I wish I had 10% of but to no such luck.
Whilst all of her characters are very important in the book and all have a role in Rye's future, Rye herself is the main focus in the book. It is told through Rye and Jet's point of view and they both sing from the same hymn sheet when it comes to their feelings and shows a united front in that them being soul-mates.
The biggest theme of Today Only is Rye's illness and her strength to carry on and make sure her life is not dictated to by an hour glass. We all have the hourglass whether it being late for an appointment, an over run meeting at work. The book makes those feel non-existent when it is a life.
We all have ways of coping with such heartache of a loss of a puppy and we all cope if we know something bad has happened in all different ways. Derinda takes us through the eyes of a child in her closet, and her release. Absolutely touching and breath taking.
I absolutely loved reading this book and am honored to write a review. I would give this book nothing less than 5 stars, but, I did spend more money on tissues than I did the book! This is a budding author and I have a feeling we shall be seeing more of Derinda Love. Congratulations on a fantastic book. I give it a total 5 hearts!
Where to buy her book
Publisher: Lizzy Ford
My time here is dwindling. Everything around me – my body, the transition from winter to spring, the height chart marking the growth of my daughter, Emily – reminds me that the hourglass that is my life has only a few grains of sand left.
It’s my first thought this morning. I awoke early for a fundraiser, the Big Walk for March of Dimes. I start off with my daily routine. I jump in the shower, trying not to notice how much the droplets of water hurt my skin. The sting is too much this morning. I get out quickly, dry off and throw my hair in a simple ponytail at the base of my neck. I catch my reflection in the mirror and stare at myself for a minute.
Just a little longer? So I can watch Em grow up?
My mirror doesn’t have an answer for me.
“Come on, Em!” I call to my daughter. “Get your shoes on, before we’re late.”
I turn away from the mirror, then hurry into the living room and grab Emily by the hand.
“You ready Em?” I ask. Whatever dread or fear I feel in front of my mirror fades at the sight of Em’s beautiful blue eyes.
She looks up at me with the biggest smile, and exclaims, “Yes!”
We hop in the car and head towards the Walk. My daughter’s eyes are glowing.
“Mama, this is going to be the best walk ever,” she almost squeals in excitement. The innocence of my little angel never fails to humble me.
She doesn’t yet understand that this might be my last Walk with her.
“Yes, honey, this is going to be the best walk ever,” I agree.
About the author!
Derinda lives in Maine. Her biggest passion is for her family and friends. She adores loving others as if it is the biggest gift life can offer. She is a read-a-holic, loves chocolate, cowboys and everyone on her Young Adult & Teen Readers Facebook page. Her dream is to travel to Australia one day.