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"WHY DO WE EXIST... WHY DO WE STRIVE TO SURVIVE... IF NOT TO HELP EACH OTHER."
Joe is the successful screenwriter behind a series of blockbuster movies, but his personal life is in shambles. He hasn't had a date in over eighteen years, and his relationship with the daughter he raised by himself has gone off the rails.
Once a sweet and affectionate child, Sofia's personality changed dramatically in her early teens, and her increasingly explosive, irrational behavior has wreaked havoc on Joe's family back home in the Bronx.
During a visit with a specialist after experiencing neck pain, Joe meets a Kentucky-born beauty, Jennifer, who is a pediatric oncology nurse, and over lunch, they hit it off. Joe soon learns how affable, charming, intelligent, and compassionate Jennifer is, and quickly moves to make room for her in his life.
For the first time in decades, he can see the possibility of a real romantic relationship, but it's not long before Sofia's behavior begins to interfere with his one chance at love.
As the relationships between the daughter, the nurse, and Joe intertwine, Joe discovers what it means to be a family, and he learns just how dark life can be for those whose families are torn apart by illness and loss.
His grasp of what's really important shifts from the make-believe world of the movies to the everlasting hope that we can all make a positive difference for those fighting just to live.
1)Jul 14, 2019 Hans: Goodread reviewer
Wow! Reading this book is like watching a romantic Hollywood movie. It's love at first sight but never overly sentimental. Joe and Jennifer are an admirable couple. They are always bouncing of each other in harmony. It's also very realistic. Making life bearable for children diagnosed with cancer. Jennifer and Sofia take great care of that. Children with Asperger are addressed as well. A haunting story.
I can't help wondering what part is fiction and what part is autobiographical.
2)Christine O'Brien 5stars, Amazon review
I brought this book with me while on vacation with family and I started it on the plane and finished it on the beach. This novel I could not put down because I was right away drawn and invested in these characters. I yearned to know what happens next. I laughed and giggled as I was reading this and then some parts I got really worried but it brought out a lot of emotions in me. It’s rare to find a book that has family drama, love story of two people from different worlds, dealing with illness and meeting someone that changes the trajectory of Sofia’s life that is so well done. This book is so thought provoking as his quote “Why do we exist...Why do we strive to survive...if not to help each other.” It certainly makes me look at my own life and wonder am I doing enough? If Sofia can make a difference so can all of us! Another 5 star book for this author!