I received this book for free in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.Before We Say Goodbye by Madeleine Reiss
Published by Zaffre on February 22, 2018
Genres: Women's Fiction
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Josie Hudson's whole life has been about one thing and one thing only: keeping her son Scott alive.
And when Scott, now nineteen, finds out that his heart is once again failing - with no hope of a transplant - Josie's world comes crashing down.
Determined to give meaning to his final months, Scott decides to find a match for his mum: someone to be there for her when he will no longer be.
But can Scott succeed in finding love for his mum before it's too late? Or will his place in her heart be too large to fill . . .
Heart-warming and tear-jerking, Before We Say Goodbye is a devastatingly beautiful novel about love, family and learning to let go for fans of Jojo Moyes.
Scott does not have a lot of time left. His heart is failing and there really is nothing the doctor’s can do to save his life. When Scott was seven years old he contracted a virus that weakened his heart which led to him getting a heart transplant. Scott knew it wouldn’t last forever and that there would be complications down the road, but he didn’t think it would happen twelve years later when he was only nineteen years old.
Scott does not want his mother to be alone and lonely when he is gone, so he hatches Project Boyfriend, a plan to find his mother, Josie, a man. This is not an easy task and it is not something Scott can just come right out and tell his mother. So, he records a video of his mother and places it up on social media. The video goes viral and the emails come pouring in. Can Scott find someone in time for Josie before it is too late?
Josie loves her son dearly. She would and has done everything in her power to keep her son alive and happy. She thought Scott would have many years with his new heart and down the road maybe another transplant. Nothing could have prepared her for Scott’s earlier than anticipated diagnosis of heart failure at such a young age. Josie has lived her entire life for her son. He was her world and her rock. Josie would go to the ends of the earth to find a doctor that can save her son, but is it what Scott wants?
Before We Say Goodbye is an emotional and often times heartbreaking tale of a son’s love for his mother. Scott is wise beyond his years and really does not act like your typical college student. He cares for his mother’s happiness and only wants what is best for her when he is gone. Scott has accepted that his death is near and he wants to ensure his mother has someone to lean on and someone to support her when he is gone.
You can really feel the love and the bond that Scott and Josie have. Scott is Josie’s entire world and you can feel the heartbreak and anguish jumping off of the pages and you can’t help but sympathize with Josie over her son. A mother is never supposed to outlive her children. You can see how Josie fights for her son willing to do whatever it takes to keep him alive.
Madeleine Reiss writes with such love and compassion. But, through all of the sadness comes a story filled with heart and hope. There are moments where you can’t help but chuckle over especially when it comes to the emails Scott receives from potential men looking to date his mother. Reiss takes a a tragedy that not only shows the harrowing side of death, but also shows the light that comes forth in times of adversity. I highly recommend Before We Say Goodbye. It is a poignant story about love and death and written in such a way that will evoke every emotion out of you. Have some tissues handy because you will definitely need them.