Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Review: What We Leave Behind by Matthew Alan

What We Leave Behind - A story about struggle, a story of hope, and mostly, a story about love. A journey with a unique young girl who is so sure of what is out there waiting for her, that she never compromises her belief in finding it. Jane Rawley Solomon's humor, character, and passion for others, serve as a reminder that we choose our own path to happiness, regardless of the events that impact our lives.

4 Star Review by Jen Skewes

When I was asked to review this book I took one look at the synopsis and just knew that this was going to be an emotional read.  But I am not sure that I was prepared for exactly how emotional it really was.  This is a beautiful story about love, hope and courage.  It is about a love not only between and a man and a woman but between two parents and their child.

What We Leave Behind starts out in the present where we meet Jane Kincaid.  Jane has just received some devastating news.  From that moment we go back in time to see how Jane grew up to be the woman that she is today

The first ten years of Jane’s life were tough.  She lost her parents at a very young age and was placed in foster care.  She is en years old and still had not been adopted by anyone.  At that age she has to wonder if her time to be adopted by a wonderful family is up.  Most parents want a baby or a young child to care for and adopt.  But Jane being the person that she is did not give up hope.  At the age of ten she as adopted by Jason and Willa Solomon, two of the most wonderful parents that a girl can ask for.  Matthew Alan takes us on a journey through Jane’s life to see how she got to this point.  We continue to see Jane grow up, go through high school and deal with the not so nice girls who make fun of her because her skin color is different.  We see Jane excel as a runner and move on to college.  We go through the love and heartache that Jane also experiences throughout her life.

Through it all she had one constant in her life and that was her parents.  They loved her no matter what and we see how strong the love is between a parent and their child.  Jane eventually meets an amazing man named Max.  He may have a hard time expressing his feelings for Jane but you feel how much this man loves her.  Jane helped Max to open up and become a little more carefree.  I loved Max and Jane together.  Their love was so real and so deep.  But when they are faced with tragic news it is that love that keeps them together.  It is their love for each other that gives them the strength.  Jane was an amazing heroine who was so kind and caring for all those around her.  And Max was just the perfect man.  So caring and loving. 

I am not going to say any more about the story because I want you to experience it for yourself.  This is a beautiful story about real life.  It is not all rainbows and roses.  It will make you laugh and then make you cry.  It is an emotional story of love, the unconditional kind.  It is also a story of hope.   This is a story that many people can relate to on so many levels.  Mr. Alan did a wonderful job with the characters in this story and making me feel the emotions that they were going through.  A wonderful read but have tissues handy. 

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