Douglas Williams lost his wife, Emily nearly eight years ago after the birth of his daughter; eight months later, his daughter Coll was taken from him because he couldn't afford to raise her. But he promised his one year old daughter that he would find her and that he would set it right again.
When Douglas's old friends Gabe and Leslie Evans move in over the road in the quiet village of Greenfield with their own young daughter Taya, Douglas finds that every time he looks at her, he's reminded of the daughter that was taken from him. Taya's persistence in asking him repeatedly about his dead wife and daughter who was taken brings Douglas back to his old habits of drinking until he can't make it up the stairs. But, it brings more to it, he's dying and he doesn't want help; he doesn't want to live. He whispers in Taya's ear his last request during his final month of life.
"Make it last for me."
I loved this book, from the first page to the last. I read, and re-read every single word attempting to savor every word written. This story was unraveled an amazing bond between a grown man and a 7-year old girl. It touches your heart, and makes you think about the importance of friendship. Putting this book down was painful because I wanted to continue watching the lives of the characters grow. I loved how this book was able to capture how much one person can have such a strong effect on another.
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