Tuesday, April 20, 2010

(71)When You Went Away by Michael Baron


When You Went Away should come with a disclaimer. Tissues Needed!

Gerry Rubato's world has been shattered. Not too long after his teenaged daughter runs away, his beloved wife passes away suddenly, leaving him alone to parent their newborn son.

When You Went Away is the story of how Gerry manages to hold on. It is hard. He was married to his college sweetheart. His daughter, Tanya, doesn't even know that she has died. But Gerry has a strong support network. His Sister-In-Law, Codie and a handful of friends and colleagues help keep him going through the dark times. Then he meets Ally. And the relationship he develops with Ally. A relationship that causes all sorts of emotions to rise to the top.

I am a bit of an emotional mess lately. To quote my beloved Aunt " I have been boo-hooing all over the place". When You Went Away is a book that contributes to my "boo-hooing". It is a tearjerker, but it is well written and Gerry is a great character. Easy to like. He is in a horrific situation and he does the best anyone could do, he survives. As the story progresses he takes a hard look at himself and his relationship with his daughter. It is a growing process. One that would serve many of us well.

If you are in need of a good cry (and don't we all need one occasionally?) or in the need of a good story, pick up When You Went Away. It will touch your heart in more ways than one.

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