As Wide as the Sky
Author: Jessica Pack
Publisher: Kensington Publishing Corp.
Publish date: July 31st, 2018
Paperback: 352 pages
FTC FYI: I received an ARC from the author. All views and opinions expressed are my own.
Five a.m.: Amanda Mallorie wakes to the knowledge that her son Robbie is gone. And a new chapter of her own life must begin. She has spent four years as her son's only support, desperately trying to understand the actions that landed him on death row and to change his fate. Now Amanda faces an even more difficult task--finding a way, and a reason, to move forward with her own life.
Before the tragedy that unfolded in a South Dakota mall, Robbie was just like other people's sons or daughters. Sometimes troubled, but sweet and full of goodness too. That's the little boy Amanda remembers as she packs up his childhood treasures and progress reports, and discovers a class ring she's never seen before. Who does it belong to and why did Robbie have it in his possession? So begins a journey that will remind her not only of who Robbie used to be, but of a time when she wasn't afraid--to talk to strangers, to help those in need, to reach out. Robbie's choices can never be unmade, but there may still be time for forgiveness and trust to grow again. For a future as wide as the sky.
Where do I begin? I absolutely loved this book. It is one of my favorite reads of the year. The way the author told this story was thought provoking and inspiring. You are truly able to see so many sides of this heartbreaking, yet triumphant story. The pages turned quickly as I wanted to see how Amanda and the others try to pick up the pieces of their lives. Each character is a treasure and each character has a purpose. Without giving too much away, I loved how this story was told. I loved the "countdowns" that began each chapter. I enjoyed figuring out what each one meant for each character. Every character was important and cherished each one. A couple were wonderful surprises that brought smiles every time they were on the page. And the ending, well, basically the last few chapters, are the perfect ending to a beautiful story.
5 out of 5 stars.
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