It's almost Christmas, but there is no joy in the house of terminally ill Jack and his family. With only a short time left to live, he spends his last days preparing to say goodbye to his devoted wife, Lizzie, and their three children. Then, unthinkably, tragedy strikes again: Lizzie is killed in a car accident. With no one able to care for them, the children are separated from each other and sent to live with family members around the country.
Just when all seems lost, Jack begins to recover in a miraculous turn of events. He rises from what should have been his deathbed, determined to bring his fractured family back together. Struggling to rebuild their lives after Lizzie's death, he reunites everyone at Lizzie's childhood home on the oceanfront in South Carolina. And there, over one unforgettable summer, Jack will begin to learn to love again, and he and his children will learn how to become a family once more.
"Yes, it possesses all the subtlety of a dog fight, but it's also choked with pap... and so sappy you'd think Baldacci was earning a commission on each tear jerked." - Publishers Weekly
"Readers completely unfamiliar with this sort of movie-of-the-week story might be entertained, but others will be in for a disappointment. While the writing is competent, the story is predictable and the characters overly familiar." - Booklist
"Baldacci departs from thriller mode to pen this often-maudlin tale of familial reinvention." - Kirkus Reviews
"A change of pace for Baldacci: tear-jerking inspiration." - Library Journal
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David Baldacci was born in Virginia, in 1960, where he currently lives. He
received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Virginia Commonwealth
University and a law degree from the University of Virginia. Mr. Baldacci
practiced law for nine years in Washington, D.C., as both a trial and corporate
He has published over seventeen novels for adults, a number of novels for children and several original screenplays. His books have been translated into more than 40 languages and sold in more than 80 countries. All of his books have been national and international bestsellers. Over 50 million copies of Mr. Baldacci's books are in print worldwide.
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