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.
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.
5/11/2013 is when I wrote this review.
So it has taken me three days to be able to write this review. This book hit home hard and it is a book that everyone should read. To be able to experience pain, love, hope, and memories is what this book gives. It gives closure and opens your eyes to new beginnings and endings. The thought behind "today only" is more overwhelming than you'd think. I loved this book, I'm not saying that as an understatement. I cannot begin to tell you how real this book is and how much I cried. I had no idea how I was going to finish this book after the halfway mark but I had to see what was to hold in the end. When you are given so much and are able to give your all to everyone else you are a true angel. Someone who puts all other before themselves is a God send and this book shows you that. You may be crying til the last page of this book but you'll understand in the end that it's closure and hope that gets you through your life. You realize that even though it isn't how you wanted it to end you became stronger and made your mark on the world. Thank you D, the love and hope you put into this book is astonishing. You give so much to this world and you deserve everything you've ever wanted. This is by far the best book I've ever read and I hope you all take the opportunity to read this book and experience the love and sacrifices in it.(less)
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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