We had a snow storm on the east coast over the weekend, and we got about half an inch on Saturday here in Atlanta. Which - of course - means everything was closed and everyone stayed locked up at home (because THE SOUTH). But little did Jonas know that staying home under a cozy blanket is one of my favorite things, and while doing so I got the chance to read Erin Cawood's novel Maybe Tomorrow.
You guys, can I tell you about this book? Okay good. Read on.
Maybe Tomorrow: A Summary
Welcome to the FORGIVE OR FORGET series, a compelling contemporary women's fiction love story and family saga series. Cawood's love inspired medical romance series follows the close-knit McGowan siblings - Keon, Kiera, Cormack, and Cara - as they face the difficult choice between forgiving or forgetting true love after a broken heart.
Does a heart ever really heal from its first break?
On an unseasonably hot night in late September, Dr. Keon McGowan is called away from a family gathering to a hospital emergency. Amongst his patients that night is a blast from his past he'd rather forget. He'll certainly never forgive butterfly hunter Darcia Davenport for leaving him alone as a single dad while she chased butterflies through the Amazon rainforest.
Coming face to face with the woman who broke his heart after all this time, Keon realises that he has never fully healed from it. But any chance of finding closure is ripped away when Darcy chooses to end treatment and live her final weeks without regret. Can Keon let her go? Or will he fight for the tomorrow they might never have?
MAYBE TOMORROW is an emotional journey of love caught between fate and destiny, and Keon is forced to choose between his head and his heart, his wants and his responsibilities, forgiving Darcy or forgetting all about her, and between a second chance family or an ill-fated heartbreak romance.
Maybe Tomorrow: What I Think
Erin's novel is reminiscent of work by Jodi Piccoult and Emily Giffin, two very different women's fiction authors who both have an incredible knack for understanding and conveying the complexities of human relationships. I don't have a background in medicine, but I do have an interest in how we treat our bodies and how this treatment affects the people we love the most. In Erin Cawood's Maybe Tomorrow, this very thing is played on out the page and it leaves a lot of questions in its wake.
Something my pastor once said has resonated in my mind for many years (bear with me for a second) and I thought about it quite a bit while reading. He told us that we can't really know what we believe about something unless we've come face-to-face with that something. He wasn't talking about absolute truths; he was talking about differences in theology and politics, the stuff of life that often blinds us to the suffering in others. And in ourselves. I say all of this not because Cawood's book is religious or political in nature, but because Darcia's decision not to go through with the transplant piles even greater uncertainty on top of what she left behind when she walked away from her husband and daughter. In Maybe Tomorrow, the reader has to grapple with what she would do if she were in Keon's position. We'd like to think we know, but we can't really say for sure.
Great fiction makes us feel something we haven't before. Or, even better, it affirms what we already know about life: that it's complex and messy and very rarely black and white. Maybe Tomorrow succeeds at this without feeling pedantic and I think readers of Jojo Moyes' Me Before You would really enjoy this story. I know I certainly did.
Want to learn more about Maybe Tomorrow? Erin is on tour through February 1st and you can check out her other stops below:
January 25 – Jersey Girl Book Reviews – Review, Q&A, and Excerpt
January 25 – Wendi Nunnery – Review
Change the Word – Q&A –
Chick Lit Plus – Excerpt –
Queen of All She Reads – Review & Excerpt –
Authors and Readers Book Corner – Excerpt –
BR Maycock’s Book Blog – Review and Q&A –
Bookabie - Review, Q&A, and Excerpt –
Also, if you want to pick up your own copy of Erin's lovely debut, it's only $0.99 while she's on tour!
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