The heartwarming conclusion to What's Left of Me.
Love found me three years ago.
I’m cancer free, happily married to the love of my life, and working toward my dream career.
Our life is complete. Perfect, really.
Or is it?
I’ve always wanted a family of my own, but never dreamed I could have one. Now Parker’s ready to make my dream our reality.
But sometimes our dreams are haunted by our deepest fears. Fears of failure, having a child, and in our case … death. How do I help the person I love get over his fear when I’m still trying to overcome that same fear myself?
Together we must learn What’s Left of Us.
Review by Amanda
Aundrea and Parker are finally married, with Aundrea being cancer free. Aundrea's heart condition is being managed and life is good. Aundrea has also managed to finish her degree in Physics and has an amazing job waiting for her.
Parker is ready for the marriage to take the next step - KIDS! Initially freaked out and not sure whether she is ready for this step, Aundrea is hesitant to start the process of looking for a surrogate.
The trials and tribulations that ensue showcase not only the heartache and fear of a cancer survivor dealing with day to day issues, but also the tantamount fear that their partner faces day in and day out. These 2 really do lead a full life and try to make every moment count. Surrounded by a group of family and friends that encourage them to live life to the fullest even when the fear of living (and dying) seems to prevent them from taking that next step.
I loved the story of Parker and Aundrea. It is heartfelt, emotional and gut wrenching. Their struggle with finding a surrogate as well as the emotions that they endured throughout the pregnancy really was incredibly moving to read. You felt their pain, fear and insurmountable joy through the book, and I can guarantee you that it will make you an emotional mess! Hello UGLY CRY!
The book is written in dual perspective, which actually works really well. Aundrea's fear of leaving behind her loved one's and thus not wanting to (initially) get married or have kids becomes something that the reader understands and can empathise with her. We are also allowed glimpses into Parker's thoughts and discover how his real fear of her dying affects his day to day life - his nightmares and his plans for the future. I have to say I loved this aspect of the book. It was brilliantly written so that not only do we experience what it is like to be the survivor, but also the emotions and heartaches their partner experiences.
I am giving this book 4 Stars - I loved the story and I loved how much Aundrea and Parker loved one another. I love that Parker and Aundrea were so passionate about one another, but at times I had to skim through the sex scenes - I felt there were just too many, and that sometimes detracted from their story.
Overall though, I loved this book - and this series, and I cannot wait to read what Amanda Maxlyn puts out next!
Meet Amanda Maxlyn
Amanda Maxlyn lives in a tiny town outside the Twin Cities in Minnesota with her husband and two awesome little boys. When she is not writing or cleaning up after her boys (yes all three!), she can be found snuggled up with her Kindle, a glass of wine, and spending time with her fictional friends and family.