Elizabeth Berg is one of my favorite authors and I love that I discovered her completely by accident. Or was it fate? That is what this book explores - fate. A tragic accident befalls a husband and father and leaves his wife struggling with all of the responsibilities and questions and longings that you would expect in the aftermath. But everyone handles grief and anger in their own way and this is the story of one woman's struggle - and her faith.
This is a love story so touching, without sex, that it brings tears to your eyes. It was so good that i just read and read, i could not put it down. I had to know what was to happen in the end. Life when your spouse is in a coma will bring many different emotions and this book is just so beautiful. I absolutely loved the nurse Wilma, her last loving gift caused me to actually sob. This book was powerful.
The first-person narrative describes an ordinary woman caught up in unusual circumstances. Lainey is a wife/mother/office worker whose life is suddenly changed when her husband is sent into a coma by a freak accident. The only one who believes that he will one day wake up, she visits him daily, bringing him stimulus from everyday life in an attempt to reach him. "I line up the little spice bags all across his chest. All across his University of California T-shirt are requests from the kitchen. Come back, says the curry, the oregano. And me." Lainey is sustained through her ordeal by the support of two special women: Alice, who lives next door, and Evie, the ghost of the woman who lived in Lainey's house in the Forties. A touching and enjoyable read, this novel is romantic without being a romance.