The message is that we don't know how much time we have left, and that any minute we could be taken away. Cherish the time you have with your family and don't take them for granted. Throughout the first half of the book, I just wanted to keep screaming at Sarah for the flippant way she was treating her family. I understand that her job was important, but the fact that she couldn't see how it was affecting her relationships really bugged me. I appreciated that the book did not try to make it seem that it was condemning women who work outside of the home and being away from their children. I have read some Christian fiction books that seem to make that point and it always annoyed me at how chauvinist it seemed that the women was supposed to stay at home while the man is the one that does all the work.. In this book however, the story is not blaming Sarah for wanting to work, just how she happened to handle everything.I think the harshest moment in the book was the fact that Sarah has sacrificed everything for her boss and the company, and has pretty much died trying to do things for them. Yet it doesn't seem to matter at all. Her boss, after finding out about her death, pretty much dismisses it and is already looking to replace her with no sympathy at all. Another heart wrenching aspect of the story is when Sarah realizes why her mother treated and acted the way she did towards Sarah her entire life. While it still doesn't give her the right to act that way towards her daughter, Sarah's mother becomes a more sympathetic character when we find out about her past. If there's anything I didn't like about the book, it would have to be the ending. I just thought it was too "let's tidy up everything" and seemed rather predictable. I thought it would have had a better effect if the unexpected had happened. Other than this, I enjoyed the book and thought it was a good read with a strong message. It makes you see life in a whole new way.
Predictable story line but a decent read. Some parts were confusing the way they were written. However, it's a good story from the standpoint that we need to realize what we have and what God has given us, and we cannot take it for granted.
I cared about the characters and what happened to them, and although not all elements of the story worked for me (the mothers back story made more sense had it happened in the grandmothers generation) those were small issues in the overall delivery of a story of self-discovery. We are left with hope that life can be bettereven if not always by our own powerand what matters most are the relationships we nurture within our family.
just as with the first novel the penny, I picked this book up and read it from cover to cover without stoping, Sarah Harper has a lot on her mind all the time, things she shouldn't have there, they were not her burdens to carry, durning the book you find out durning the time she is gone (her words in the book) she mets wingtip who has already met her son mitchell, well i could go on and on and tell the whole book, but, buy it read it you will not be sorry, Sarah does come out of it a changed woman and goes about changing the way others view her as well. well worth the read and the price