One year has passed since Jenna McDonough lost her battle with ovarian cancer. Grayson McDonough and his daughter, Sadie, have muddled through the year. Nine-year-old Sadie discovers a local support group named Ovacome, which lends support to ovarian cancer survivors and families who have lost loved ones to the disease. Sadie arranges for her father to accompany her to the support group where Annabelle Curtis, a survivor of ovarian cancer, has begun planning a quilt to honor survivors and those who lost their lives to ovarian cancer. Grayson feels like a fish out of water in a room filled with women, but Sadie is committed to becoming involved with the quilt project. Her overwhelming energy and enthusiasm finally break down her father's resolve, and he agrees to allow Sadie to participate in the quilt project. Grayson's enthusiasm is lacking due to his loss and his anger at God, but he also realizes that Sadie needs something to help her move forward. Sadie takes an immediate liking to Annabelle, and Grayson agrees to let them work on the quilt project at their home where Sadie can be supervised.
Raw Edges is an engaging story of overcoming extreme loss and finding healing and renewed faith in God. The issue of ovarian cancer and Ovacome, the ovarian cancer support group play key roles in bringing about awareness of the disease and available support networks. Sandra D. Bricker has presented a cast of realistic and lovable characters in this story. She brings them to life in a perceptive manner with encouraging and humorous situations that are captivating. She intertwines her characters throughout the story and develops a lovable community of people supporting and encouraging of one another. I thoroughly enjoyed this story of hope and love, and renewed faith.
Disclaimer: I received this book from Wynn-Wynn Media for the express purpose of my honest review. All opinions expressed are my own, and no monetary compensation was received for this review.
I am Blessed to have received an advance copy of Raw Edges by Sandra Bricker. I love to quilt so it's only natural that Sandra Bricker's new "Quilts of Love" book would grab my attention. I couldn't wait to see how she would intertwine quilts with humor and love around such a serious topic as Ovarian Cancer. With her unique writing style she spins a story that pulls her reader in in the opening pages and keeps your attention until the final one. You will fall in love with Sadie, Grayson, Annabelle and all the other characters intertwined in this believable story. We all have "raw edges" when we face loss and love and God loves us through it all, right where we're at. Read "Raw Edges" by Sandra Bricker, You won't be disappointed.
Rarely does a book capture my attention before I've finished reading the prologue! Most often it takes at least the second chapter or more before I'm really hooked. My heart swelled with emotion for the characters and I felt like I had a personal involvement. And in a way I do...we all do, as each one of us knows or knows of someone that has fought or is fighting a battle with cancer. I was especially touched with the journal that Jenna left behind for her daughter Sadie.
Each night Grayson reads to their daughter an entry from the journal, each one ending with a special Bible scripture to go along with whatever wisdom she wanted to impart. I love how each chapter of this wonderfully written book is dedicated to one of the journal entries! One of my favorite journal entries to Sadie, Jenna writes "But after some time has passed, I don't want you and Daddy doing the sad thing anymore. I want you to get out there in the world and meet new people, do new things, and make some new memories. It doesn't mean I won't be in your hearts anymore. It just means that you haven't surrendered to the sadness."
If you're a quilter or just love quilts, you're going to love this book even more! If you've been wanting to learn, then don't be surprised if you "catch the fever!" Every handmade quilt always has a story to tell and in this book, the quilt celebrates the lives of those who have lost, are still fighting, or have won the battle against ovarian cancer and how a real life group called Ovacome, dedicated to saving lives by educating the community about these diseases and supporting those patients, survivors and spouses affected by gynecologic cancers put together a beautiful quilt to raise awareness.
And it is through the Ovacome memory quilt project, that nine-year-old Sadie and her dad Grayson meet Annabelle. Will this quilt project help heal Grayson's grief stricken heart so that he can find love again. Will precious Sadie's laughter and her fun and silly side emerge again? Can Annabelle learn to trust in love again?
I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of Sandra D. Bricker's Raw Edges. While I have enjoyed every book of Sandra's that I've read, Raw Edges has become my absolute favorite! Beware, tissue box may be needed as your smile through your tears. Heartwarming, heartfelt and so inspiring!
Once again, Sandra Bricker has written a book that can suck you in, make you feel like you are there, experiencing what the characters are going through in the first few pages. I picked this up and could NOT put it down! And I learned so much about the whole Ovarian Cancer progress, support groups etc. Thanks to Sandra Bricker for another heartfelt, warm, funny, touching story to add to my collection!
I've been a fan of Sandra Bricker's work for a while now, and when I learned that she was writing a book that encompassed two of my passions, Ovarian Cancer Awareness and Quilting, I knew that I had to read this book. As a member of the "Launch Team" for the book, I was sent an advanced copy of the book to read and review.
I immediately fell in love with this book in the Prologue. The way the characters are developed makes you feel that you are right there with them in the story, and you feel every emotion that they feel.
"Raw Edges" documents the making of a memory quilt for a Tampa, Florida Ovarian Cancer Support group called Ovacome. They are making the quilt to raise funds and awareness for this silent and deadly disease. Facts and statistics to help raise awareness are interwoven in this story. The quilting aspect is spot on too.
Even if you are not into quilting, or have no desire to raise awareness for Ovarian Cancer, this book is a great love story... of a young widower, who is faced with the decision to move on shortly after his wife's death. It is a story of blending families. A story of faith.