Publication date: August 28th 2018
Genres: Contemporary, New Adult
After an attempted suicide Carter finds himself in a coma. He is able to hear the world around him, yet he can’t move. What he hears propels Carter to begin to see life in a new way, especially when one of his nurses, Kinley, shares parts of her tragic past with him. Soon, Carter realizes he is falling in love with her.
Months after being transferred from the hospital, to a rehabilitation facility, he suddenly wakes up with a passion to live that he never had before and a determination to find the one person he feels may be able to help him put the pieces of his life together again. However, when he returns to the hospital, Kinley is gone and Carter must try to find her based solely on the things she shared with him while he was in a coma.
Only, nothing is as it seems and Carter learns the biggest lesson of them all… the differences between expectation, perception, and reality.
My Book Review:
So this is a bit of a mixed review for me – I liked the premise of the story, it was interesting and different and kept me turning those pages. There are a lot of issues dealt with in the story, which the author handled really well, but I think maybe there were just too many issues? The style of the writing didn’t do much for me though, but the story itself was thought provoking at times dealing with such difficult issues as suicide, depression and self harm. It was also quite emotional in places.
Carter was born into an affluent well known family with his parents putting too much pressure on him to succeed in everything, making him feel worthless, to the point where he tries to commit suicide. Fate intervenes but he is left with a brain injury and is in a coma.
Kinley is his night nurse in hospital. She has issues herself having lost her parents in a car crash, she has this need to help people. She connects with Carter and his family whilst they are there visiting him, and soon ends up falling for Carter even though she does not really know him.
It turns out that Carter can hear people even though he is in his coma. But he can only listen, he cannot communicate back. He starts off depressed and just waiting to die thinking his family would be better off without him. But as real and honest conversations or talks are had with him by his family and friends, not knowing that Carter can hear them, he starts to really listen, and his outlook and personality changes also. I really enjoyed this part of the book which showed just what can be achieved from just listening to what is really being said.
I felt for Kinley, her connection with Carter and her need to help him. But this is not her role as a nurse, she should not get attached to patients and in the end she gets transferred away from him. Carter also gets transferred to rehabilitate as he starts to come round from his coma. I enjoyed this part, as he re-evaluates his life and plans on finding Kinley having missed her interaction with him.
The romance between Carter and Kinley were missing for me, they needed more get-to-know-you moments, so didn’t really see them as a couple. Carter and his family’s way of thinking after his attempted suicide seemed rather quick and abrupt also, not quite fitting with the family history. But other than this I enjoyed the story and felt the author did a good job with it. Life is all about what you make of it yourself.
Michelle Jester lives in Greenwell Springs, Louisiana with her husband, high school sweetheart and retired Master Sergeant. Together they have a son and daughter. She is a hopeless romantic and has been writing poems and stories for as long as she can remember.
One of her prize possessions is a bracelet with only a yellow, Rubber Duckie charm on it; which she wears every day to remind her to enjoy the fun and happy things of life!
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