Matt Beaulieu was two
years old the first time he held Elle McClure in his arms, seventeen
when he first kissed her under a sky filled with shooting stars, and
thirty-three when he convinced her to marry him. Now in their late 30s,
the deeply devoted couple has everything-except the baby they've always
When an accident leaves Elle brain dead, Matt is
devastated. Though he cannot bear the thought of life without her, he
knows Elle was afraid of only one thing-a slow death. And so, Matt
resolves to take her off life support.
But Matt changes his mind
when they discover Elle's pregnant. While there are no certainties, the
baby might survive if Elle remains on life support. Matt's mother,
Linney, disagrees with his decision. She loves Elle, too, and insists
that Elle would never want to be kept alive on machines. Linney is
prepared to fight her son in court-armed with Elle's living will.
by the love they share, Matt and Linney will be pitted against each
other, fighting for what they believe is right, and what they think Elle
would have wanted resulting in a controversial legal battle that will
ultimately go beyond one family . . . and one single life.
Let me tell you that this controversial novel made an excellent book club selection. Most of the ladies in my book club are conservative so although we loved the story most of us found ourselves frustrated with the situation at hand. Sibley did a wonderful job of creating a story that could easily be ripped from the headlines of today, making you wonder, "What is the right decision?"
Linney had an advanced directive in place indicating she never wanted to be kept on life support if there was no chance for recovery from an illness or accident. She watched her mother die a slow and painful death and did not want to put herself or her loved ones through a similar experience. How could she foresee that she could possibly be pregnant in this exact situation? Would she change her mind about life support if it could save the life of the unborn child that she and Matt have tried so desperately to conceive? These are the questions Matt struggles with as he fights for the life of his unborn child.
As Matt struggles to keep Linney alive long enough to bring their baby into this world, he must confront a new fight against several people who believe the physicians should follow her wishes. This book tugged at the heartstrings page after page as we watch Matt struggle with his decisions. He reads through her many journals that were started before they were even married, looking for clues to what she would actually want.
I don't want to give any more of this novel away as the intensity builds as new legal implications arise with the situation. I did enjoy this novel and you may find it just as enjoyable with themes of love, promises, and a medical lawsuit. I don't hesitate in recommending this novel for either personal leisure or as a book club selection.
My Rating: 4/5
Disclosure: This book was from my personal library and I read it for my own entertainment and as a book club selection.