In the Mirror
by Kaira Rouda
Camille's Rating: 3*
I received this ARC from NetGalley.com and Real You Publishing Group for an honest review.
The entire premise of this book is that if you found out you were going to die soon, what choices would you make today? Would you do things differently? Who would you want to see? Would it change your words or actions?
This novel begins with Jennifer--wife, mother of two, entrepreneur--in a hospice facility with breast cancer. As the story unfolds the reader realizes she has been there for several months and her condition is serious. She is also planning a "life celebration" party--basically her wake, but she gets to attend and see all the people she cares about before she actually dies. Her closest friend in the facility is a man in much worse health who is facing the same challenges she is with family. Their friendship is used to help her grow in hope and reality as she moves forward in her diagnosis.
As the invitations are sent out, an old boyfriend emerges to reconnect. Her feelings of helplessness and hopelessness lead her to make some wrong choices and spend time with him without her husband's knowledge. The evening goes haywire and puts her marriage in jeopardy. As the couple realizes they are drifting apart, they make the needed changes to become a stronger couple.
The last part of the novel is the party at her home with family and friends. As the novel ends, Jennifer is left with feelings of .....well, I don't want to spoil it--read it then decide for yourself.
I liked the book, but didn't love it. I wasn't emotionally pulled into the story like I thought I would be. I felt that many of the characters weren't rounded out and seemed to not matter at all to the plot. They were just there. I would like to have understood the relationship with her parents more, but it wasn't really flushed out. I did enjoy Jennifer's business partner, he added some humor to the story. Overall, I gave it 3* because I didn't feel it pull me in as I expected from the other reviews I saw online.