“An affecting, deeply honest novel; at the same time, a lacerating indictment of our modern health care system”—Kirkus Reviews
In MONTPELIER TOMORROW, mid-life mom, Colleen Gallagher, would do anything to protect her children from harm. When her daugther’s husband falls ill with ALS (Lou Gehrig’s Disease), Colleen rolls up her sleeves and moves in, juggling the multiple roles of grandma, cook, and caregiver, only to discover that even her superhuman efforts can’t fix what’s wrong. (All Things That Matter Press Summary)
Marylee MacDonald takes a difficult story to tell in MONTPELIER TOMORROW, and choses to create unlikable characters sharing it. From the beginning, it’s a challenging book to read; perhaps that’s because it’s so realistic, but from my perspective as the reader, it’s almost too much. Tragedy attacks this family, and unlike many novels where all rally to get through this difficult period, this family basically falls apart and each member deals with their own issues and “does their own thing.” Perhaps, it’s a more realistic look when frustration and anger flare up and there’s no happy ending in site. This novel is the perfect Lifetime movie, or anyone of the numerous channels catering to women.
I’ve read other reviews that are almost the polar opposite of mine and wonder if I’ve missed something. So, I must add, you may want to give this one a chance. Maybe it’ll end up being one of your favorite novels. Who knows?
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Thanks to TLC Book Tours http://www.tlcbooktours.com and All Things That Matter Press, we have one copy of MONTPELIER TOMORROW to give away. Just leave your name and … what are you doing this weekend? This novel is pretty heavy and health issues are private, so just tell us what you’re up to this weekend and we’ll pick a winner Monday.
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