Montpelier Tomorrow by Marylee MacDonald
My rating: 4 of 5 stars
Montpelier Tomorrow by Marylee MacDonald is a gripping and emotional book. This is the story of Colleen Gallagher who is off to visit her daughter Sandy, pending the imminent birth of Colleen's second grandchild. What started off as a focused visit with helping the new mom cope, turns into much more, when Colleen's son-in-law is diagnosed with ALS, turning the world on it's head. An emotionally wrought story that shows the demands and harsh realities that come with fighting and then submitting to, an overwhelming disease. MacDonald has done an excellent job of exposing the complexities that evolve when someone is sick, not just for the ill person, but for the caregivers. The relationship between Colleen and her daughter Sandy is also tenuous and complicated, with not so subtle tension. This only adds to the fracturing of a fragile family. There are a few bright spots however, the learning of compassion, and the gifts of fortitude and forgiveness. Dealing with a terminal illness is never easy; MacDonald captures this challenge quite well in this mesmerizing novel that will stay with the reader long after it is finished.
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