January 1, 2013
“You are my sunshine…”
“My only sunshine…”
Fight for mommy.
“You make me happy…”
Breathe baby girl.
“When skies are gray…”
You can do it Peyton.
“You’ll never know dear…”
Please. Please Peyton breathe on your own.
“How much I love you.”
Don’t you die on me baby girl.
“Please don’t take my sunshine away.”
Beep. Swoosh…..Beep. Swoosh…..Beep. Swoosh.
I sit here next to her hospital bed holding her little seventeen-month old lifeless fingers, so delicate, so small. I think about her first birthday and how adorable she was with cake all over her face, her tummy and in her hair. Peyton is the happiest little girl and so full of life.
She was so full of life.
This is a hard review to write without giving anything away. One of the best things about this book is discovering all of the hidden gems within. Only having read a few snippets and having seen some comments about the book, I was definitely curious about the reactions this book was getting. It didn’t disappoint. I was hooked from page one. It hit every emotion you could possibly want in a book. To be honest, I cried a lot, both happy and sad tears. My husband refers to Seven as that book, you know, the one that turned me into a puddle.
I am overwhelmed with the talent that Susan Renee has displayed here, I knew she was good, but this blew me away. She has made the characters so relatable that I can only dream of a world where I have the bonds with people like those in this book. I fell in love with some and I really want to slap a couple of the women so of course I want to read more about these people, I am addicted to their story.
I learned a good lesson from this book too; one that I have been trying hard to wrap my head around but this story solidified it for me. Thank you Ms. Renee for showing me it is possible to live in the present and to forgive the past. This is a story that I will cherish and that will stay with me for a very very long time.