I cannot begin to describe the emotions I felt while reading this book…
Meet Lucy – her father, a police officer died in the line of duty when she was only five. At 16, her mother passed away of cancer. On her 21st birthday she met Mickey. Both Lucy & Mickey have struggles and both have to be strong to overcome them. In the years they’ve been together Lucy has battled and beat cancer and Mickey continues to battle with his bipolar disorder. No matter how difficult it is, they are determined they can fight it together. However, they decide with their issues that having a child would not be in their best interest so Lucy gets her tubes tied. When Lucy becomes pregnant their plan goes haywire. Just as they become comfortable with the idea of having a baby, Lucy is diagnosed with lung cancer. The doctors tell her that she may not survive and encourage her to have an abortion, including Mickey. Lucy can’t fathom losing her miracle baby but her sisters and all those close to her can’t stand the thought of losing her, especially Mickey.
Characters are onions. The most interesting ones reveal themselves layer by layer right down to their naked core.
While reading this book I was in awe of Lucy’s strength and determination. I empathized with Mickey and the doubt in his ability to raise a daughter with his condition and without Lucy. I could feel the love Lucy & Mickey have for each other and the love and support of those around them. By the time I finished reading this book I was a mess, tears streaming down my face. Even after it was done, I found myself crying a little for myself and the tough decisions that life has thrown at us.