My hands are shaking as my fingers curl around the small, neatly wrapped box. There’s a tag dangling front he centre of the red bow which says Love from Kayla in her beautiful, swirly handwriting. I read over the three words countless times, tracing the letters with my fingertip. How is this possible? Heather’s beloved daughter, Kayla, is her world. She is fifteen, a brilliant basketball player and a fierce friend. Heather and Kayla have always has a special relationship. For so many years it was just the two of them, watching Friends, baking cupcakes and laughing together. But now Kayla knows her time is short, and she wants to give something back to the mother she loves more than anyone else in the world. A gift that will change Heather’s life. With just a handful of days left, Kayla will need help from everyone around her to make this last surprise happen. Along the way, the people whose lives have been touched by Kayla’s light will be changed by her loss, and by her plan for Heather. And as Heather’s whole world threatens to fall apart, could Kayla’s forever gift be the key to piecing her life back together?
Overall, I enjoyed this story. It was easy to read, not complicated, and most of the characters were likeable. Was it as dramatic as the blurb reads? I don’t think so. The plan that Kayla comes up with for her mother, was only introduced near the end. It was a really nice idea though. It was a bit of a tear jerker, for me anyway. You can only imagine how you would feel if your child died from illness. If you have children, that will be at the back of your mind when reading this one. I cried at the funeral, that was a great scene.
I did not, however, like Charlotte’s character. I thought she was incredibly unreasonable at times with her husband, who was in the process of loosing a child. I actually felt very angry with her, that she was choosing that time to behave, at times, so childish. I am a stepparent, and sometimes we do have to “suck it up” the the mental and physical well-being of little people. Charlottes character just didn’t sit well with me and I fought to groan many times she was in it.
Apart for that one issue, like I said, it was a lovely book to read and I recommend you give it a go and let me know what you thought.
I rated The Forever Gift: 4/5 starts