Saturday, January 19, 2013

I Couldn't Love You More by Jillian Medoff

Our first book club pick for January was I Couldn't Love You More by Jillian Medoff. This book was delightful, and a great way to start my new year. If I haven't mentioned it already, I have two children. The core of my world revolves around my two children, as well as my husband. Every once in a while, my heart catches when I think about what I would do if anything happened to either one of them. When you hear about someone's child being sick, or having a disease they are dying from, it breaks my heart. I weep for them. In fact, I don't even need to know the person to sob uncontrollably at their loss. The tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary shook me. The pictures of those precious children, and their parents running to save them, but being helpless. It was so awful! It is very difficult, even now, for me to talk about it. The teacher who chose to save her students, but died herself-these are the choices we make in life. We often make these choices without thinking. It is instinct. Our instincts are even more keen when  it comes to our children.
*Warning! Reading Material Leakage*
What if you had to choose between saving one child or another? This book forces you to imagine a world where you are forced to choose between your children. Reflecting back on this, the whole idea is unthinkable. Jillian Medoff weaves an intricate tale of a step-mother, and her tumultuous relationship with her oldest step-daughter, her loving commitment to being a great mother to all of her girls, and the frustration that leads us to decisions which are often irrevocable. The main character has two sisters, and a mother who are an integral part of the story, allowing it to become more than just a story about being a mother. It becomes a story about families. A story about how even when we are at our worst, the people who are closest to us are sometimes the ones who save us.

Read it, loved it! Now, it's time for you to love it too. Leave a comment below for a chance to win my copy of the book. I bought this book on my own, it was not a gift from a publisher. 

If you don't win, here is the link to buy the book on Amazon, though it is available where all good books are sold. I Couldn't Love You More

Disclaimer: The thoughts expressed on this blog, and this review, reflect my thoughts. I am not being paid for this review. 

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