Just like my blog is a lot about my boy and just a little about me, so is my life in general. I do a lot of driving my men around and listening to their needs and wants. I enjoy that and I do it well, most of the time. I talk a lot about all the books that my boy loves and we read every single night. But the last time I read a book just for me, not for a review, not for a publisher or a friend, but just for my own enjoyment…well, let’s just say my boy is almost 6 and it was before his time.
This week has been a little slow for me at work and in my own blogging. I haven’t felt particularly inspired to write anything in particular, but I managed to squeeze out a couple of posts. I decided, instead, that I would start reading a book that I had tried to start a year or so ago. I had it loaded on my handy dandy Kindle on my phone so when I opened it, it was in the same spot I had bookmarked back then. I didn’t remember enough of the beginning to just start there so I started over.
Here I am two and a half days later to tell you all about it because it was ahhh-mazing!
Disclosure: I honestly don’t remember if I won this book in a giveaway or I was given it as a thank you for writing a previous review, but I’m pretty sure I didn’t pay for it. I wish I could remember. I was not; however, given the book for the purposes of a review. I’m writing this because I loved the book. I really love the author. And I just want you all to know about it.
Megan’s Way by Melissa Foster
From the moment I began reading Megan’s Way, I was drawn into the characters and their lives. Megan is a strong woman with a weakening secret that she wants to keep from her only daughter. The problem is that Megan and Olivia are so close that Olivia knows right away. Megan is sick with cancer again only this time she has decided she isn’t going to take the medications she needs because they will only prolong her life by a few months. She doesn’t want Olivia, or her best friends Holly, Jack, and Peter, to watch her deteriorate.
But, Megan’s cancer secret is not the only secret in this group of friends. Each one has their own demons to deal with and these secrets could destroy their nest of friendship. When Olivia finds out one of the secrets, she becomes one of them. Will she reveal her own secret after her mom dies or will the web of lies continue for this group?
This story reminds me a little of the movie The Big Chill and a little of St. Elmo’s Fire. There’s a paranormal component that takes it to another level (no pun intended) and brings in more mystery and heart-wrenching connection to the story.
I remember the last time I read one of Melissa’s books, Come Back to Me, it was the first time I ever cried while reading due to the connection I felt to the characters. Megan’s Way was only different in that I cried almost through the entire book. (not cool when you’re sneaking in a page or two in your cubicle at work during your down time) Melissa just has a way of introducing the reader to the characters as if you’ve known them all your life and you’re just hearing another story about them. It’s difficult to explain, but I felt like I was one of them, only I knew their secrets.
I guess in my own life I’m somewhat of a confidante to many people so this wasn’t a new feeling for me. I am just amazed at how Melissa can use words on a page to draw me in and pull at my heart in such a way that I physically ache for the friends in this story.
So, to say that Megan’s Way is a must-read is an understatement. It’s a book for mothers and daughters, best friends, girl friends, and just anyone who loves a good drama that will tug at your heartstrings.
Thank you, Melissa, for writing this story and sharing it with me.
Now…if I can find the strength to read it…I just bought Chasing Amanda and I’m dying to get started!