This is a beautiful book. I absolutely loved it! It is a warm, inspirational story, which leaves you feeling more grateful for love and family. An older man wishes to be remembered as more than an ailing old man. He realizes the greatest gift he can pass on is the wisdom of his years, the jumbled mix of experiences and emotions that add up to a life. So, he compiles a book of his poems for his favorite granddaughter, Emily.
I thought this was going to be a sad story about a grandpa dying from alzheimers. It was not that kind of story at all. This is a heartwarming story about being a parent, about being a spouse, about loving your family, about hurting and being hurt by those you love and ultimately about forgiveness. The letters Harry wrote to Emily are fun & loving & hold clues to life.
This book tells several tales, and the title is a little misleading. For it is far less about Emily and far more about the important people in Emily's young life. At points it comes across as a little preachy and is not subtle in its message about mental health for all ages, and yet it offers these up on an emotional palate that will touch your heart and soul. In the end, you may not want to be Emily, but you will wish you were one of the main characters in this wonderful cast.
This book is one of my favorites. very well written. i loved it ,acually i read it more than once!
Harry Whitney is dying. He has Alzheimer's disease, and he knows his "good" time is dwindling. So he compiles a book of poems for his favorite granddaughter, Emily, hoping that his words of hard-won wisdom will heal the old wounds that are tearing his family apart. But Harry's poems contain much more than meets the eye-- clues and riddles that lead to an extraordinary cache of letters and a promise of hidden gold. As Emily and her family uncover Harry's secrets one by one, they learn unforgettable lessons about romance, forgiveness and hope that might hold them all together.
It's an exceptional story, gleaming with goodness and hope.