Talk Before Sleep by Elizabeth Berg is about Ruth and Ann, friends who meet in their late 30s and become strong friends. Ruth encourages Ann to look at her life and evaluate where she is headed and if she is happy. The friendship changes dynamically when one of the women is diagnosed with terminal breast cancer. Although the outcome of the story is tragically inevitable, the telling of the strong friendship between the two, and the other women in their lives who jump in to help is one of love and hope.
Live a Little by Kim Green is the story of Raquel Rose, a suburban housewife and mother of two teenagers in Northern California, who is diagnosed with breast cancer. But wait! As suddenly as Raquel is diagnosed with cancer, she is just as suddenly undiagnosed. It was all a clerical mishap. As relieving as this is, life is not as simple as it seems. Raquel chooses to delay telling her family and lets the mistake build into a full-blown lie. One day her husband, kids, sister, and mother were all ignoring her and taking her for granted. The next, she was pampered and noticed. Who would want to give that up? The concept of this story sounds offensive to many of us, and we've all seen these people on the news who pretend to have cancer to get attention, but in this case what could be a horrifying tale becomes a comedy of errors and miscommunication. Raquel is funny character, who says the things many of us are thinking, but never voice aloud.
Seaview Inn by Sherryl Woods is a romance about Hannah Matthews, a breast cancer survivor, who lost her mother to the same disease. Hannah is a strong, capable executive in New York. Her aging grandmother in Florida runs the Seaview Inn, which has been in the family for several generations. Also in Florida is Hannah's college age, unmarried, pregnant daughter, so off Hannah goes, to see her daughter and encourage her grandmother to sell the inn. While there, her high school crush returns to set up his medical practice. I'm sure you can see what's coming! This is a nice, quick read that doesn't harp on the cancer, but talks about survival as part of everyday life.
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Which of these books most appeals to you? Why? Do you think you will actually get the book and read it?