As an ovarian cancer survivor, I was intrigued with this novel. In addition, I love that the setting is Tampa, Florida--my home. The characters drive down familiar streets and eat in places that I'm acquainted with; they even attend a Rays Baseball game wearing jerseys with team members names on the back! They participate in an organization called, Ovacome, a group of volunteer survivors and members of lost loved ones, located in the Tampa area. I never knew it existed. Clearly, the author knows Tampa.
Grayson, AKA Gray, is a model father. (He's unbelievably perfect. How I wish parents really were like him.) Nine-year-old Sadie is a sweetie pie. She's the apple of her Daddy's eye and wise beyond her years. Gray sees her mother in Sadie's speech and mannerisms. The novel begins a year after Gray's wife and Sadie's mommy died from ovarian cancer. They meet Annabelle at Ovacome and seem to hit it off immediately. It's all too perfect, too expected; however, I enjoyed it.
At the end of each chapter is a short letter from Jenna to Sadie, along with a Bible verse. These notes contain wisdom that any person would cherish. Warning: they will produce tears.
This is a quick read--a sweet book.
Discussion questions are included.
Thank you to Bonnie at Christian Fiction Blog Alliance and Abingdon Press for my copy.
Raw Edges Quilts of Love Series by Sandra D. Bricker
I had just read another Quilt of Love book and it was not a digital copy and truly fell in love with it and I know this book will measure up nicely with it and hope it will help me come up with an idea for all the fabric i've been saving to use for a quilt.
The McDonoughs: Jenna, Gray and Sadie were a family til Jenna died from an illness. He struggles with his 9 year old daughter and hopes he is bringing her up right-the way Jenna would've done things.
They would read from Jenna's journal and it would bring smiles and tears to their eyes.
The story also follows Annabelle Curtis story of working at the aquarium, having ovarian cancer and how the quilting group is helping her to cope and heal.
Sadie talked her dad into going to the support group meeting-where the women will talk and make a memory quilt.
At the end of chapters a bit of Jenna's journal is quoted along with a Bible passage.
Loved learning new things: about penguins feathers, fixing raw edges, and just all the ideas to help others cope with their pain and suffering.
Although Gray does not quilt or sew he is able to come up with an idea to help the project along. Sadie tries to get them together and it backfires.
Extras like the food recipes are such a great contribution. As the adults become closer Sadie is allowed to go with Annabelle to church then onto a quilting lesson where they learn so much-so did I.
Surprised who bought the quilt at the auction-didn't see that coming. Sadie going back to church was just the beginning...
Excerpt of The Christmas Quilt, Quilts of Love series is also included.
I received this book from Net Galley via Abingdon Press in exchange for my honest review.
Never has a book moved me so much. I cried through the whole book. I especially loved the journal entries from Jenna to Sadie. I am honored to have gotten to know Sandie Bricker over the last few months. She captivated me with the Always a Baker Never Bride series and I have loved every book she has written but Raw Edges really hit home for me as a 7 year uterine cancer survivor it really touched my heart. I love how Sandie ties in the real life support group Ovacome. Sandie has a wonderful way of drawing you in to a story and captivating you. Raw Edges is a touching story of a mother's love and a father and daughter's healing. I highly recommend this book for anyone touched by cancer. I am truly blessed to have received and advance electronic copy of this book for my honest unpaid review. This review is 100% my honest opinion of the book. You will not be disappointed. Be prepared to laugh and cry while reading this book. It really is a moving experience.
Grab a quilt and curl up with this book! Excellent
September 2, 2013
RAW EDGES is a heart warming, heart breaking story. This book makes you want to grab a box of tissues and laugh out loud at the same time. This story is about a woman battling with Ovarian Cancer and how she helps her family move on after she is gone through her own words in her journal to her daughter. It is a wonderful story, beautifully written. Curl up with an old quilt and enjoy the read.
Sandra Bricker has done an amazing job with her book Raw Edges. While still embracing her creative style of wit and humor, in this book she also clearly shows her huge heart for those affected by ovarian cancer. Raw Edges is beautifully written with tenderness and sensitivity as the story tells of Sadie and her eagerness to be a part of the Ovacome support group and how in the process her dad finds healing as well.
Raw Edges is part of the Quilts of Love series. I am not a quilter, nor am I crafty in any way, however, I was surprised that by the end of the book, I thought perhaps I should try my hand at some simple quilting! This is referred to in the book as the "fever."
One of my favorite aspects of the book is the journal that Jenna, Sadie's mother, left for her. Knowing that her daughter would still need her love and wisdom, Jenna wrote a journal for Sadie that gives her encouragement, laughter and motherly wisdom. The chapters begin with different excerpts that Jenna has written to Sadie.
Of course, when reading this book, your heart is opened and turned towards those that ovarian cancer has affected. Overall, this is a wonderful and touching book, that not only raises awareness about this cancer, but also gives hope to families and survivors as they move forward with life.