Monday, 13 March 2017

5* review: One Last Wish by Ella Harper

I am delighted to be part of the One Last Wish blog tour. This is a really special book and a definite keeper for me...

How would you cope if your child became terminally ill?
Rosie and Nate had the perfect relationship. But they struggled to cope with the devastating news their daughter Emmie has incurable cancer. It feels like their world – and their relationship – has come crashing down.
They must do everything to support their little girl, but can they stop their marriage falling apart?
Unbeknownst to her parents, Emmie is on a mission. She is determined to make them see what brought them together in the first place – and make them fall in love all over again.

The story of Nate and Rosie, and predominantly little Emmie grabbed me from the heartbreaking beginning, and left me feeling bereft - yet uplifted, and thoroughly satisfied with the beautiful, so utterly poignant ending.  

Nate and Rosie are left reeling when they discover their daughter's brain tumour is inoperable. They are told she will die, but not when. It could be months or years. As Emmie's life progresses the couple begin to drift apart, the things they withhold from each other out of protection become the things that threaten to drive them apart, and Emmie can see what is happening. She feels guilty and unsettled, worrying that if, when, she dies, her parents will be left on their own and no longer together - along with her helpers she devises a plan to make them rekindle their love.

What a wonderful story this was, told with sensitivity, researched well and with well developed characters that were interwoven into the tale seamlessly, I loved them all, however frustrated I was with Nate and Rosie for not opening up to one another, but my true favourite was Dr. Tom, if all children suffering any problems at all could have a counsellor like him - the world would be a happier place for them.

It tore at my heart strings and I was in floods of tears at the end in a way I haven't been touched since Jodi Picoult's My Sister's Keeper, and Jojo Moyes Me Before You. But don't despair, the ending was uplifting and filled with promise.

One Last Wish by Ella Harper is published by Canelo on 27th February (£1.99 February)

Author Twitter: @Ella__Harper  [double underscore]
Publisher Twitter: @Canelo_Co
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Many thanks to Bethan at edpr for providing an ARC in exchange for an honest review

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