Two lives, two losses, and one meeting that changed their lives forever. Learning to move on and to love again isn't always easy.
The circle of life. It's something we all know about, but we are never truly prepared for the unexpected. The unexpected that comes out of nowhere. No warning, no heads-up, nothing. Just God giving us pure bliss and happiness and then taking it away in the blink of an eye.
For me, losing my husband to a massive heart attack on our one-year wedding anniversary, and at the age of 27, was something I didn't think I could ever heal from. The emptiness, the loneliness, the numbness, and the need just to get through the day were overwhelming. My name is Paisley Logan, and this is my story.
Life. Full of surprises, disappointments, and heartache. It's strange how we live life with certainty. We're certain that we'll find the love of our life, get married, have children, and live happily ever after. No one is ever prepared when a life-threatening illness hits. We're so busy living our daily lives that we don't think about such things.
I was naïve until my wife was diagnosed with cervical cancer and passed away less than a year later. I was angry. She was the love of my life, and we'd been married only five years. We wanted to start a family, and it was when she had trouble getting pregnant that she was diagnosed. I'd never lost anyone before. I'd never experienced death. I felt like God was playing a cruel joke on me. How could he bring her into my life and then take her away so young? Even the best-laid plans in life get altered. Mine did. Everyone kept telling me that time would heal all wounds, but this was a wound that would never fully be healed. Trying to get back to the normalcy of life was exhausting, so I didn't try anymore. My name is Ben Preston, and this is my story.
©2015 Sandi Lynn (P)2015 Audible, Inc.
I hung on every word of this story. I too, ima survivor. life does go on and in many cases life takes on new dimensions as it did for Paisley and Ben. the question of fate bless the twist that kept you reading .The one element missing from the story is the deseased partners family and whether or not relationships continued? This book would be good topic at group discussion.
I absolutely loved it from start to finish. I knew when this David showed up that he had to be the ghost of her late husband. It was awesome how he still looked out for her.
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Paisley lost her husband on their first wedding anniversary to a massive heart attack. Ben's wife died after a battle with cancer. This is their story.
Okay, first up, I usually write a story review and then an audio bit, but for this book, the lines blurred, and I struggled to separate the story from the narration, so, this review runs away with itself, and I apologise if it makes no sense. I couldn't stop, I just needed to get it all out.
Had I READ this book, I would have been in tears, almost constantly throughout. LISTENING doesn't have that same effect, but it has a different effect.
Its deeply emotional, from both Ben and Paisley's POV, in the first person. They meet when they attend, at great protest, a bereavement group.
Erin Mallon tells Paisley's story and Chris Chappell tells Ben's. This is the first audio I've listened to that has dual narration, and I loved it. Loved we get Paisley in a female voice, and Ben in a male. It made a very refreshing change, and not something I would turn down again.
Each voice is clear, concise and very easy to listen to. I do, personally, have some issues with female voices, but I had no such problem with Erin's speech. Chris' voice is deep and even and I had no problems with either of them. All emotion, I mean every single one, and there and MANY in this book, come across in all the right places and all the right ways.
I have one niggle with the dual narration, and this is way the narration gets 4.5 stars, and not 5.
When Paisley is having her say, her chapters, and Ben speaks, its not Chris who does his voice, but Erin, and vice versa for Ben's chapters when Paisley speaks. When I realised it was dual narration, I EXPECTED Erin to do Paisley's voice throughout, and for Chris to do Ben's. I ASSUMED they would. But they don't. And that threw me off. Don't get me wrong, I still loved the narration, its just as I said, I EXPECTED something and it didn't deliver.
This is one of those books that you KNOW who to recommend to. I won't recommend this to y sister, she's not ready. If you've lost your soulmate, don't read it. If you are still suffering a bereavement, don't read it. It might not be for you.
Everyone else, read it. Read it because it gave me hope, for my sister. It showed me life can get better, you can fall in love again, and you really can have more than one missing piece of your soul.
And that bit at the end?? When Ben sees Paisley's husband for the first time?? I absolutely, never in a month of Sundays, or in a full blue moon, not ever did I see that coming. Nuh-uh. No ma'am. I'm not elaborating, you gotta read it to get it.
I will certainly read other work by Ms Lynn, and listen to other work by Ms Mallon or Mr Chappell, either separately or together. I WON'T read this though. I've discovered I don't like reading a book I listened to first.
5 stars for the story,
4.5 for the narration.
**same worded review will appear here, on Audible.com, Amazon.com, and on Amazon.co.uk**
She Writes Love by Sandi Lynn absolutely blew me away. It was so beautifully written and pulled at every emotional string I have. I was crying just a few pages into the book and I could not stop listening. This is a story of love and loss and letting yourself love again.
Paisley and Ben both married the love of their life and were madly in love. When Paisley's husband died on their 1 year wedding anniversary, her entire world came crashing down. Ben was happily married for five years when his wife died of cancer. The strong firefighter was lost and broken. Pushed into going to a spousal support group, Ben and Paisley met each other and found a commonality in their grief. They form a beautiful friendship and help each other heal. This is their story of pain, hope, healing and love. She Writes Love is a definite five-star read for me!
The narrators did a fantastic job and made the story that much more enjoyable! I highly recommend this book!
I'm a born and raised Jersey girl (not as seen on TV) who loves escaping in books. I have a deep love for Starbucks, shopping, and HEAs.
I really liked She Writes Love. A lot. From the synopsis, we learn Paisley and Ben both lose their spouses at relatively young ages. Losing your other half at any age is hard enough, but I feel like Paisley and Ben dealt with an added element of hurt and loss because of their young age; they both felt cheated out of their future. One of the things I enjoyed the most was seeing the way both of them dealt with their respective losses (I swear I don’t mean that the way it sounds!). Their feelings were raw and real. They both threw themselves into their work and each day was a struggle to move on. They put on happy faces for everyone else, because let’s face it, that’s what you do after you lose someone you love. You pretend you’re ok for those around you meanwhile you’re struggling to get out of bed some days. I’ve been there. Everything about their journey of healing and finding love again was real and honest. I loved the way Paisley and Ben formed their friendship by sharing their stories of loss and finding and finding someone who wholly understood what the other was feeling. It was sweet to watch their friendship, little by little, without them realizing it, turn into more. I also appreciated the honest and open communication between them when it came to their feelings regarding their spouses. They never made each other feel guilty for missing them; they encouraged the other to talk about them and truly wanted to know about the people they were. I knew going in this would pull at my heart, and it did! It tugged hard, but the emotional journey and destination was well worth my tears and heartache! I would absolutely love to read more about these two or any of Paisley or Ben’s family’s because they were an awesome set of (meddling lol) secondary characters!
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