Come Away With Me
Genre: Women's Fiction
Summary (from Goodreads): One minute, Tegan Lawson has everything she could hope for: an adoring husband, Gabe, and a baby on the way. The next, a patch of black ice causes a devastating accident that will change her life in ways she never could have imagined.
Tegan is consumed by grief, not to mention her anger toward Gabe, who was driving on the night of the crash. But just when she thinks she's hit rock bottom, Gabe reminds her of their Jar of Spontaneity, a collection of their dream destinations and experiences, and so begins an adventure of a lifetime.
From the bustling markets of Thailand to the flavors of Italy to the ocean waves in Hawaii, Tegan and Gabe embark on a journey to escape the tragedy and search for forgiveness. But they soon learn that grief follows you no matter how far away you run, and that acceptance comes when you least expect it.
Heartbreaking, hopeful and utterly transporting, Come Away with Me is an unforgettable debut and a luminous celebration of the strength of the human spirit.
Marcie's Review: I chose this book because the author recommendations on the back were from Lori Nelson Spielman and Tracey Garvis Graves, whose books I really enjoyed. As I was reading the first 95% of the book, I kept thinking "Hmmm, this is a moving and well-written story about a woman dealing with grief, but I just don't understand why Tegan is finding it so hard to move on with her life. Definitely a 3 star book." Then I got to the last 5% of the book, and I thought "OH! 5 star ending for sure!" So without giving anything away (other than that my opinion of the book shifted dramatically at the end), I'm giving this 4 stars. Don't read this book unless you are prepared to cry.
Marcie's Rating: 4 stars
Becky's Review: Oh, my. The heartache in this book is palpable. At first I was a little irritated with Tegan and her immaturity and anger. I started to get annoyed with her but fell in love with Gabe. He was such a perfect man who truly loved and supported Tegan even though he was experiencing the same grief. I wanted Tegan to snap out of her depression and start living but then the end came about and I completely understood her throughout the entire book and realized why she acted the way that she did. While reading I thought I would rate this book a 3 start book because it was just OK but once the twist came around, I fell in love with the story and would rate the ending a 5. I averaged them together and am giving the book a 4 star rating. I'm still thinking about this book and tearing up as I think about the heartbreak that Tegan must have been feeling. This is definitely a tear jerker.
Becky's Rating: 4 stars