Tuesday, September 24, 2013

Done-Raw Edges


Raw Edges

Sandra D. Bricker

Abingdon Press, Sep 17 2013, $12.99

www.Abingdon press.com

ISBN: 9781426752759

Dying Jenna McDonough wants to leave her daughter Sadie with her love and solace. Thus she writes a journal to help her beloved child move on. One year after Jenna died, Gray still reads his wife’s words of wisdom to his daughter as they find comfort with Jenna’s writings, but each mourns deeply their loss.

In Tampa, the Ovacare cancer support group invites the grieving father and daughter to a meeting, which they decide to go. The attendees discuss am ovarian cancer memory quilt, a project headed by cancer survivor Annabelle Curtis. Caring Annabelle persuades Gray and Sadie to join the quilting project.

The latest Quilts of Love inspirational (see Pieces of the Heart Bonnie Calhoun, A Healing Heart by S. Dionne Moore and Beyond the Storm by Carolyn Zane) is a gripping family drama as grief is personalized but moving on can be helped by understanding people. The journal entries are soul-touching and along with the group sessions bring hope to the single dad and his daughter. Although the romance is well-written, that subplot feels unnecessary as Sandra Bricker provides a powerfully poignant look at the aftermath of first-hand cancer combat on the mourning surviving loved ones and on the Purple Heart survivors.

Harriet Klausner

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