Time to Say Goodbye
S D Robertson
Today it's my turn to host this beautiful book. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Have your tissues handy.........
HOW DO YOU LEAVE THE PERSON YOU LOVE THE MOST?
Will Curtis's six-year-old daughter, Ella, knows her father will never leave her. After all, he promised her so when her mother died. And he's going to do everything he can to keep his word.
What Will doesn't know is that the promise he made to his little girl might be harder to keep than he imagined. When he's faced with an impossible decision, Will finds that the most obvious choice might not be the right one.
But the future is full of unexpected surprises. And father and daughter are about to embark on an unforgettable journey together . . .
When I read the first page of this book (I don’t think I will be giving any spoilers away here) and found out the main character had died, I just knew I was going to enjoy this book! Two of my favourite books ever have been where the main character is dead and comes back as a “spirit” for a time.
William (Will) is a 30 something widower bringing up his six year old daughter Ella on his own when he is tragically knocked off his bike, leaving him with fatal injuries. He realises straight away that something is wrong as he looks down at the paramedics desperately trying to revive him, to no avail.
Meanwhile Ella is waiting at school for her Dad to collect her at the end of the day and wondering why her Dad is late.
Not long after Will realises he has died he meets Lizzie, who is his spirit guide. She tells him that he has a few weeks to decide if he wants to pass over to the “other side” or stay looking out for Ella. The only thing with staying is that he would not be able to change his mind again, he would be left in limbo forever. This has happened to another spirit called Arthur who has regretted his decision not to go to Heaven with his wife.
I know this story sounds very far fetched, but I love reading about other people’s perceptions of what they think happens to us when we die. I think the author told the story very sympathetically and in great detail. The characters were very well described and I loved Will and thought Ella was a sweet, intelligent, sensitive little girl. The only character I personally had trouble believing was Will’s Dad and what evolves about his past.
Will’s parents are not only trying to come to terms with their grief over losing their son, but when Will’s Dad has a major stroke and is rushed to hospital, all sorts of family secrets unfold that will have another devastating effect on everyone!
I really loved this book right up to the last chapter when I had to read it again as I got a bit confused. I wasn’t sure at first what was happening, which was a bit of a disappointment, but on the whole I loved this book and would thoroughly recommend it and am already passing it on!