A touching story of life’s struggles

A Walk Along the Beach

By: Debbie Macomber

Rating: 5 of 5

While this was an excellent book, it was difficult for me to read. It touched on one of the most tragic areas of my own life. A little more than twenty years ago, my son was stricken with an aggressive form of leukemia and passed away eighteen months later.

In this story, we follow the life of Willa Lakey, who is the older sister of Harper. Harper is in remission after struggling, dreadfully, with chemotherapy and a bone marrow transplant after being diagnosed with leukemia.

Harper is finding her feet again but Willa can’t help from hovering over her and watching her like a hawk. Willa has devoted her life to Harper and to opening her coffee shop when Sean O’Malley comes into her life.

Sean is a photographer who has reinvented his life after a career changing injury. He meets Willa and is instantly smitten. Willa is a little more hesitant. She doesn’t have the time to devote to a relationship, especially when she is still keeping watch over Harper.

The story is mostly about Willa and how she interacts with the people and events in her life.

As I said, the book meant a lot to me personally. It spoke aloud some of the feelings I have had since my son became ill. I laughed and I cried a whole lot as I read this book. I will certainly read it again.

I was provided a digital advance reader copy of this book by the publisher via Netgalley.

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