Today Only by D. Love
Published: May 11, 2013
Editor: Lizzy Ford
Cover Designer: Airicka Phoenix
Blurb: In life, there are times you are granted a miracle. It may not be the one you wanted exactly, but it will be the one you need. It will prepare you for the next step in your journey and help you learn to accept the life you are given, even if that life can be heartbreaking.
I’m not even sure where to begin with this one… I finished reading Today Only about 2 weeks ago an I am still trying to get my thoughts together for this review. This book brought out more emotion in me than pretty much any other book I have read. Ever.
In the story, we meet a beautiful woman, Rye, who is terminally ill. She has a young daughter Em and her loving mother by her side. She has accepted her fate and spends the days trying to prepare those around her for what is coming. It’s amazing that the book starts out with Rye being so close to the end, yet this is really the beginning of her story.
Along comes Jett, someone that went to school with Rye. He is determined to make Rye see something beautiful every day. All he asks for is “today only”.
This book was amazing. It was beautiful and it hit close to home. Even now, thinking of the story and writing this review, I am tearing up. The emotions are real and raw. The story pulls you in and won’t let you go. I highly recommend this book to anyone and everyone. This is one you do NOT want to miss out on. D. Love has written a real treasure.
Excerpt #1 – Rye’s POV
My time here is dwindling. Everything around me – my body, the transition from winter to spring, the height chart marking the growth of my daughter, Emily – reminds me that the hourglass that is my life has only a few grains of sand left.
It’s my first thought this morning. I awoke early for a fundraiser, the Big Walk for March of Dimes. I start off with my daily routine. I jump in the shower, trying not to notice how much the droplets of water hurt my skin. The sting is too much this morning. I get out quickly, dry off and throw my hair in a simple ponytail at the base of my neck. I catch my reflection in the mirror and stare at myself for a minute.
Just a little longer? So I can watch Em grow up?
My mirror doesn’t have an answer for me.
“Come on, Em!” I call to my daughter. “Get your shoes on, before we’re late.”
I turn away from the mirror, then hurry into the living room and grab Emily by the hand.
“You ready Em?” I ask. Whatever dread or fear I feel in front of my mirror fades at the sight of Em’s beautiful blue eyes.
She looks up at me with the biggest smile, and exclaims, “Yes!”
We hop in the car and head towards the Walk. My daughter’s eyes are glowing.
“Mama, this is going to be the best walk ever,” she almost squeals in excitement. The innocence of my little angel never fails to humble me.
She doesn’t yet understand that this might be my last Walk with her.
“Yes, honey, this is going to be the best walk ever,” I agree.
I live in Maine. My biggest passion is for my family and friends. I adore loving others as if it is the biggest gift life can offer. I’m a read-a-holic, loves chocolate, cowboys and everyone on Young Adult & Teen Readers Facebook page. My dream is to travel to Australia one day and see a kangaroo. I am nothing but simple. I do a lot of volunteer work. I have 2 beautiful daughters. 4 grandchildren, that constantly ask me if I lived in the black & white days.
My inspiration would be my daughters. Rita for her strength to keep fighting and constantly trying to take care of me, even though sometimes she can’t get out of bed & Kayla, for helping to pick up all the pieces that seem to fall when times get rough, and the love they have for me.
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