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Today Only

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Author: D. Love

Published: May 11th 2013 (first published May 2013)

Format: ebook

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Language: English


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In life, there are times you are granted a miracle. It may not be the one you wanted exactly, but it will be the one you need. It will prepare you for the next step in your journey and help you learn to accept the life you are given, even if that life can be heartbreaking.

30 review for Today Only

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jill

    Whatever today holds, as long as the day holds you, I want it. I want today only. Rye Silcox is dying. At twenty-five, a single mother with a ten year-old daughter, Rye's time is short. Love and romance are the last things she's thinking of, or thinks she needs. Enter Jett Connor. After four years in the army, Jett a former classmate of Rye's is now a physical therapist. A lovely, poignant story with a gentle, sweet romance. Not perfect, but touching. Both the H/h are impossibly wonderful, with s Whatever today holds, as long as the day holds you, I want it. I want today only. Rye Silcox is dying. At twenty-five, a single mother with a ten year-old daughter, Rye's time is short. Love and romance are the last things she's thinking of, or thinks she needs. Enter Jett Connor. After four years in the army, Jett a former classmate of Rye's is now a physical therapist. A lovely, poignant story with a gentle, sweet romance. Not perfect, but touching. Both the H/h are impossibly wonderful, with seemingly few flaws. But here's the thing. Though there are some faults in this short novel, the emotions it elicits tend to override any shortcomings. This is a terribly sad, intensely emotional read yet at the same time unputdownable and uplifting. Recommended for those who love a sweet romance and a good cry.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Cassie

    So it has taken me three days to be able to write this review. This book hit home hard and it is a book that everyone should read. To be able to experience pain, love, hope, and memories is what this book gives. It gives closure and opens your eyes to new beginnings and endings. The thought behind "today only" is more overwhelming than you'd think. I loved this book, I'm not saying that as an understatement. I cannot begin to tell you how real this book is and how much I cried. I had no idea how So it has taken me three days to be able to write this review. This book hit home hard and it is a book that everyone should read. To be able to experience pain, love, hope, and memories is what this book gives. It gives closure and opens your eyes to new beginnings and endings. The thought behind "today only" is more overwhelming than you'd think. I loved this book, I'm not saying that as an understatement. I cannot begin to tell you how real this book is and how much I cried. I had no idea how I was going to finish this book after the halfway mark but I had to see what was to hold in the end. When you are given so much and are able to give your all to everyone else you are a true angel. Someone who puts all other before themselves is a God send and this book shows you that. You may be crying til the last page of this book but you'll understand in the end that it's closure and hope that gets you through your life. You realize that even though it isn't how you wanted it to end you became stronger and made your mark on the world. Thank you D, the love and hope you put into this book is astonishing. You give so much to this world and you deserve everything you've ever wanted. This is by far the best book I've ever read and I hope you all take the opportunity to read this book and experience the love and sacrifices in it.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Nanette Bradford

    Let me just say when I was offered to beta read this book I was a girl full of emotion. I was screaming and crying happy tears. I felt so honored to be given the chance to read this book. I was also warned tissues were going to be needed. Boy was D ever right there. My eyes are still all puffy and swollen and my eye make-up is now running down my cheeks and pretty much just smeared all over my face. Pretty right! Wow! Where do I start.. How about with Rye and Em. A young mother and daughter who, Let me just say when I was offered to beta read this book I was a girl full of emotion. I was screaming and crying happy tears. I felt so honored to be given the chance to read this book. I was also warned tissues were going to be needed. Boy was D ever right there. My eyes are still all puffy and swollen and my eye make-up is now running down my cheeks and pretty much just smeared all over my face. Pretty right! Wow! Where do I start.. How about with Rye and Em. A young mother and daughter who, with he help of Rye's mother Dee and her family, face together the challenges of Rye having a brain tumor. Rye is a strong and beautiful young woman and with the strength and love of her family behind her she lives every day to the fullest. Em is a 10 year old girl. As beautiful as her mother and smart as a whip. She is definitely Rye's greatest gift and her deepest strength. On a day that Rye and Em were out on a walk for charity they bump into an old high school classmate Jett Conner. Jett, being the kind of guy he is, asks if he can walk with the ladies.. Em looks at her mom with those eyes. You know, the kind where your eyebrows are going up and down and smiles at her mom. Before you know it they are walking and talking about old times. Laughing all the way to the end. Little did she know it but Rye got into Jett's heart today. Today was a good day.. This story is definitely full of lots of laughter and tears. I can't believe how many laugh out loud moments I had. I mean seriously! I'm so glad no one was around kind of laughing. Rye and her family are hysterical but at the same time you can feel the love that they have for each other. It really got to my heart and i could really feel how blessed Rye felt to have them all with her. And now the tears.. There were happy tears and sad tears. Tears at seeing how beautiful someone can be, tears of joy at meeting a good friend for the first time, and just straight sad tears. I don't have all the words to say how I'm feeling right now.. I'm still full of so much emotion I'm kind of at a loss for words. I will say this though, Read this with an open mind, an open heart and you will understand how I'm feeling right now.. Thank you D with all my heart and love. I leave you with this Quote from Jett: "Then tell me Mark, how can I do it? How do I watch her life fade everyday but not hurt? How do I continue to breath, when I know she takes one less breath everyday? Why Mark, Why is this happening to someone so precious?

  4. 5 out of 5

    Fred

    This is such a lovely, tender and poignant book. It's also beautifully crafted and written - from the very first sentence, the elegiac themes of the beauty and transience of the natural world, MC Rye's love for her daughter, and the importance of family, are set forth and then lovingly and lyrically elaborated as the story progresses. There was a quote on Facebook today from Colin Firth (who knew the guy was a reader, right?) saying how when he's reading a book he sees the whole world in a diffe This is such a lovely, tender and poignant book. It's also beautifully crafted and written - from the very first sentence, the elegiac themes of the beauty and transience of the natural world, MC Rye's love for her daughter, and the importance of family, are set forth and then lovingly and lyrically elaborated as the story progresses. There was a quote on Facebook today from Colin Firth (who knew the guy was a reader, right?) saying how when he's reading a book he sees the whole world in a different way, through the lens of the story and its themes. And that's how I felt about Today Only - it made me look for beauty in the mundane, it made me treasure relationships and interactions, and it made me acknowledge and appreciate the loveliness of everyday life. But it's not just a cautionary carpe diem tale of the fleeting nature of life and the importance of love. It's also a beautiful "here's what happened" story that pulls you into the lives of Rye, her mother, sister, daughter Emily and of course, her military miracle man, Jett. One other thing I really enjoyed about this story was the way Rye's mother Dee was an indie reader. Those of us who participate in the online community of book lovers will find so much to recognize and laugh lovingly about. The PNR convention and Dee's meeting up with her book-sisterhood is just super charming and fun. I suspect there's a bit of roman a clef here with some of the characters, especially Jodie, the outrageous Australian, but they will be familiar figures of fun and friendship to anyone who blogs or belongs to a facebook book club. Even with all the warm laughter, though, this is one of those books that will make your heart ache when you read it - but in such a soul satisfying and sweet way that you'll want to send author Derinda a personal note of thanks. For me, this review will have to do! So ... thanks Derinda!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Jodie

    My time here is dwindling. Everything around me - my body, the transition from winter to spring, the height chart marking the growth of my daughter, Emily - reminds me that the hourglass that is my life has only a few grains of sand left. I have already finished Today Only in it's entirety twice. From the very first paragraph, this author took me on a ride. It took me into the life of a young woman - mother, daughter, sister and friend, who's struggling with a terminal illness that th My time here is dwindling. Everything around me - my body, the transition from winter to spring, the height chart marking the growth of my daughter, Emily - reminds me that the hourglass that is my life has only a few grains of sand left. I have already finished Today Only in it's entirety twice. From the very first paragraph, this author took me on a ride. It took me into the life of a young woman - mother, daughter, sister and friend, who's struggling with a terminal illness that threatens everything she knows and everyone she loves. The fear in my soul is cold, lonely and desolate. It creeps through my body, starting in my stomach then rolling outward. Although at times I did giggle (@ BBQ Meat, being caught with her pants off - literally, at the family banter, and at Mom & her cowboys), this was one ride that killed me to finish. It had me begging god on behalf of this beautiful young lady and everyone on the sidelines. It had me absolutely hoping and praying for a miracle & fairytale ending for this beautiful family. Happiness can never fail to be the right choice, and love can carry us through. And the miracle did come. Was it the miracle I wanted? No, I don't think it was, but it was a beautiful, soul changing, remarkable story that changed me. Forever. I was head over heels in love with every single one of the characters that became the story, and I absolutely adored Jett. Not for me, but for Rye. For the way he changed the way she lived. For the way he impacted and supported a family he adopted as his own. For the way he uplifted a little girl, dealing with the hand she'd been dealt & breathed life into her, and mostly for the way he had unwavering faith in his love and the power of living and loving every day as it came. This book had it all. That secret recipe every author is avidly searching for. Humor, heartache, family, friends, romance & I believe the secret ingredient - heart, and the way it was all put together made a beautiful, unforgettable honest & real story. One that absolutely devastated me and made my heart so sore, and the tears stream down my face like a waterfall. This one will live inside me forever. I will take it everywhere with me. Today should be cherished, because tomorrow is never promised to any of us. I would recommend this book to absolutely everyone that walks this earth. The message is one that we all need. I am going forward to live Today Only. Bravo D Love.

  6. 4 out of 5

    Fab Fun & Tantalizing Reads

    My time here is dwindling. Everything around me - my body, the transition from winter to spring, the height chart marking the growth of my daughter, Emily - reminds me that the hourglass that is my life has only a few grains of sand left. I have already finished Today Only in it's entirety twice. From the very first paragraph, this author took me on a ride. It took me into the life of a young woman - mother, daughter, sister and friend, who's struggling with a terminal illness that th My time here is dwindling. Everything around me - my body, the transition from winter to spring, the height chart marking the growth of my daughter, Emily - reminds me that the hourglass that is my life has only a few grains of sand left. I have already finished Today Only in it's entirety twice. From the very first paragraph, this author took me on a ride. It took me into the life of a young woman - mother, daughter, sister and friend, who's struggling with a terminal illness that threatens everything she knows and everyone she loves. The fear in my soul is cold, lonely and desolate. It creeps through my body, starting in my stomach then rolling outward. Although at times I did giggle (@ BBQ Meat, being caught with her pants off - literally, at the family banter, and at Mom & her cowboys), this was one ride that killed me to finish. It had me begging god on behalf of this beautiful young lady and everyone on the sidelines. It had me absolutely hoping and praying for a miracle & fairytale ending for this beautiful family. Happiness can never fail to be the right choice, and love can carry us through. And the miracle did come. Was it the miracle I wanted? No, I don't think it was, but it was a beautiful, soul changing, remarkable story that changed me. Forever. I was head over heels in love with every single one of the characters that became the story, and I absolutely adored Jett. Not for me, but for Rye. For the way he changed the way she lived. For the way he impacted and supported a family he adopted as his own. For the way he uplifted a little girl, dealing with the hand she'd been dealt & breathed life into her, and mostly for the way he had unwavering faith in his love and the power of living and loving every day as it came. This book had it all. That secret recipe every author is avidly searching for. Humor, heartache, family, friends, romance & I believe the secret ingredient - heart, and the way it was all put together made a beautiful, unforgettable honest & real story. One that absolutely devastated me and made my heart so sore, and the tears stream down my face like a waterfall. This one will live inside me forever. I will take it everywhere with me. Today should be cherished, because tomorrow is never promised to any of us. I would recommend this book to absolutely everyone that walks this earth. The message is one that we all need. I am going forward to live Today Only. Bravo D Love.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Heather Alexander

    I don't know where to begin. I don't normally read books that don't involve supernatural beings or horror, so this book was a completely different experience for me. Within the first few pages, I fell in love with little Em, and from there, I fell in love with the whole family that is in this story. The premise of the book is about a young woman who is terminally ill and how she and her family,including her little girl Em, deal with it. In the midst of this, she becomes "friends" with a man that I don't know where to begin. I don't normally read books that don't involve supernatural beings or horror, so this book was a completely different experience for me. Within the first few pages, I fell in love with little Em, and from there, I fell in love with the whole family that is in this story. The premise of the book is about a young woman who is terminally ill and how she and her family,including her little girl Em, deal with it. In the midst of this, she becomes "friends" with a man that she went to school with years ago and another story line develops. This is a heart wrenching, inspirational, touching story of family, love, optimism,strength, and hope. The way the young woman and her family rally around each other and how they deal with this difficult situation is amazing and should be a lesson to live by. Her mother and her daughter are her rocks, they keep her going when she is really having a tough time. Their characters are amazingly strong while still vulnerable. It is truly a magnificent book that I feel honored to have read. The fact that I have 5 daughters myself really made this story hit home for me. I cried through most of the book, I also laughed and was in awe of the strength of the characters. The fact that this is the first book for this author is amazing to me. I wish I could say more, but I just can't without telling you the whole story, which I want to, so badly. I would give this book more stars if allowed, but alas 5 is all I can do. I would recommend this book to any and all as a must read book. Just make sure you have tissues handy, if it made me cry, you are all in trouble.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jovhanna

    I just finished reading this book. It usually takes me some to write a review for a book, to find the right words to say over a book, because I want to say the right words to describe any book I read. With this one, I fear I won’t know have the perfect words to give it justice. I feel so overwhelmed to right a review right after reading it, because I want everyone to know how good it was. Well not good, but great, amazing and other fancy great words to describe this book. The author did such a b I just finished reading this book. It usually takes me some to write a review for a book, to find the right words to say over a book, because I want to say the right words to describe any book I read. With this one, I fear I won’t know have the perfect words to give it justice. I feel so overwhelmed to right a review right after reading it, because I want everyone to know how good it was. Well not good, but great, amazing and other fancy great words to describe this book. The author did such a beautiful job writing this story, made the reader be so emotional while reading it; is a true talent of being a writer I believe. The author brings out so strong emotions by the words she used to tell the story and it flowed perfectly, not so fast or slow, but the right pace. I am just so blown away how by this story, it was so touching and heartwarming; it could be so believe, I read it as if it was. I love the characters, they made the story so real; feel so emotionally involved to what was happening, and you couldn’t help but feel and wish for the same things they did. I loved how the author told the point of view from Rye and Jett, letting you connect to both of them, and help you understand both sides of a difficult situation. This by far is my favorite book EVER! I haven’t loved a book so much as I do know. My emotions are ever where with this book. I feel sad, happy (in a peaceful way), inspired, and even humbled to have read this book. I doubt I will forget this book, it holds a special spot for me. It holds a very special meaning for me; don’t know how to exactly describe it. I don’t think you could go wrong with reading this book, because it might be sad, but I think you just can’t help but love it in the end. This type of book shows you how fragile life can really be, and makes you want to be better and do things different to make sure you live life to the fullest. This book I gave five well deserved stars, if I could give it more; I would give it 10 or 100, because that’s how amazing of the job the author did. I am just awed at the story, so beautiful told and bitter sweet but you will love it, you just don’t have any other choice but to feel that way. I could go on and on how amazing and wonderful this book is, but there aren’t any right words I can find to describe this book, unless you read it yourself.

  9. 4 out of 5

    Tina

    Thank you D. Love for giving me an ARC copy of Today Only. I can honestly say this is the best book I have ever read and trust me I have read a lot of books. I do not think I will ever be the same after reading such a beautiful and heartfelt story. I am still crying and trying to type through the tears. Be prepared to have a huge box of kleenex with you when you read this book. D tried to prepare me and now I am passing this on to you. Rye has an illness that will inevitably take her life. She li Thank you D. Love for giving me an ARC copy of Today Only. I can honestly say this is the best book I have ever read and trust me I have read a lot of books. I do not think I will ever be the same after reading such a beautiful and heartfelt story. I am still crying and trying to type through the tears. Be prepared to have a huge box of kleenex with you when you read this book. D tried to prepare me and now I am passing this on to you. Rye has an illness that will inevitably take her life. She lives with her mother Dee and young daughter Em. Together they focus on making beautiful memories for Rye and Em. The last thing on Rye's mind is meeting a handsome and caring man. In walks Jett who is tall, strong and everything Rye has dreamed of, but how can she begin a relationship knowing her time left is so short? Lucky for her, Em and Jett conspire to bring them together. The love that this family shares is so beautiful and inspiring. The selfless acts each of the family members show each other has touched my soul. Dee reading to her daughter each night, Em writing down her memories, Jett trying to make each day special and especially Rye for always having hope. I can't express how deeply I have been affected by this story, but I will leave you with this question Jett asks Rye every day. "What is beautiful in your world today?" Reading Today Only made my world beautiful today. Thank you D for writing such an astonishing book and for being my friend/sis!

  10. 5 out of 5

    Lisa Markson

    My thoughts on the book Today Only by D Love. There are no words that could begin to do this book justice. The author is a very caring and helpful person that is always there to help out a author on pimping their books or doing release parties as a blogger. Well the tables are turned, this is her first book and it was amazing. You can truly get into the feelings and emotions of the characters. I love how she gave Rye and Jett such a three dimensional dynamic. You could feel the reluctance that R My thoughts on the book Today Only by D Love. There are no words that could begin to do this book justice. The author is a very caring and helpful person that is always there to help out a author on pimping their books or doing release parties as a blogger. Well the tables are turned, this is her first book and it was amazing. You can truly get into the feelings and emotions of the characters. I love how she gave Rye and Jett such a three dimensional dynamic. You could feel the reluctance that Rye had in a relationship with Jett but knew that her daughter Em was going to need lots of support. The emotions just poured from the pages I was unable to put this book down. Ok truth be told I was so affected by this story and so connected to all the characters that I cried like a big big baby. I so was rooting for love to conquer all but this was what happens in life. There are times that we find that one true soul mate and we must cherish the time that we have and like the title says make it TODAY ONLY. I absolutely loved this quote from the book that Jett said to Rye. “What I want from you is simple. I want today only. If it’s laughter, I want it. If it’s pain, I want it. Whatever today holds, as long as the day holds you, I want it. I want today only.” Isn’t that truly beautiful. Yes, I’m crying again. You are such a wonderful and truly gifted author. You were able to touch on so many different emotions out of the reader that we could truly connect. I highly recommend this book to anyone who enjoys a fantastic emotional storyline. You get so immersed into their lives you just know that the author has dug deep within themselves to harness the true feelings of someone going through a horrific and life alterring fork in the road. I really hope to read more books from this amazing author. Thank you for allowing us into Jett, Rye, and Emily journey through coping and overcoming adversity. Remember life is a gift that we are given it is up to us to make the memories last.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Cameo

    Warning: Do not read this book while in public. If you do, make sure you have dark glasses and lots of tissue on hand. It’s been a very long time since a book has made me emotional. Even though the reviews for Today Only stated that it was an emotional read, I still took the chance and read it on a flight back home. Thank goodness I had the window seat and long hair to hide behind, because by the end of the story… I was a sobbing mess. Today only is a beautiful debut written by D. Love. It is a s Warning: Do not read this book while in public. If you do, make sure you have dark glasses and lots of tissue on hand. It’s been a very long time since a book has made me emotional. Even though the reviews for Today Only stated that it was an emotional read, I still took the chance and read it on a flight back home. Thank goodness I had the window seat and long hair to hide behind, because by the end of the story… I was a sobbing mess. Today only is a beautiful debut written by D. Love. It is a story of hope and unconditional love. A story that reminded me that each day we have is so special, and every breath we breathe is a total gift. It urged me to take a look at the world around me and find the beauty in it; to live each day like it could be my last, and to appreciate those right around me, who give constant love and support. I won’t go into detail or give spoilers, but I urge readers to pick up this story. The characters feel so real, and you can’t help but fall in love with them. Let it warm your heart, but also prepare to have it broken. It is one of those stories that will stick with you long after you read it, and that’s a good thing. A constant reminder to give love and live for… Today Only.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Christina Silcox

    I was honored to have the chance to read an ARC of this book, and the first thing that comes to mind, is that D. Love is one of the most amazing people I have ever known! Today Only, is one of the most heartfelt, heartbreaking, and awe inspiring stories I have ever read. The book is about a young woman who has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, and the way that she and those who love her, cope with the diagnosis. More than anything, this is a love story. Love, in all forms, and the i I was honored to have the chance to read an ARC of this book, and the first thing that comes to mind, is that D. Love is one of the most amazing people I have ever known! Today Only, is one of the most heartfelt, heartbreaking, and awe inspiring stories I have ever read. The book is about a young woman who has been diagnosed with an inoperable brain tumor, and the way that she and those who love her, cope with the diagnosis. More than anything, this is a love story. Love, in all forms, and the impact that it can have on people. How, despite facing insurmountable odds, love can offer the greatest of hopes. This book inspired me beyond words, and left me with a full heart.

  13. 5 out of 5

    Wendy

    Sweet, emotional and heartbreaking. This is guaranteed to have you reaching for those tissues in no time. A short and a gut wrenching read.

  14. 5 out of 5

    Kimberly Schaaf

    It's Mother's Day. And so, as a treat to myself, I set aside some time this afternoon to read Today Only by the lovely Ms. Love. Before I go into my review on the book, let me begin by saying that I was "cautioned" before reading this book. A tear-jerker, grab your tissues Kim, "I don't think you can handle this right now.". All statements that had me even more intrigued to tackle this one. And all valid statements. Everyone that knows me knows how emotional I can be. And to add to that all, I j It's Mother's Day. And so, as a treat to myself, I set aside some time this afternoon to read Today Only by the lovely Ms. Love. Before I go into my review on the book, let me begin by saying that I was "cautioned" before reading this book. A tear-jerker, grab your tissues Kim, "I don't think you can handle this right now.". All statements that had me even more intrigued to tackle this one. And all valid statements. Everyone that knows me knows how emotional I can be. And to add to that all, I just lost my Aunt (only 41 years of age) to cancer earlier this week. So, the flags that everyone threw up to me were valid. But this is something I had to do. Not only for a friend, but for closure. Ok, with that being said...time for my review. I promised I would be honest with this review. That I would approach this book as a reviewer...not a friend. And D, I can honestly say....you nailed it. Knocked it out of the park.... Today Only immerses us into the life of Rye Silcox. Rye, 25 years old, suffering from a terminal brain tumor. Pushing her body to the limit with chemotherapy treatments...trying desperately to hold on. Good days, bad days. What keeps Rye going? Her family. Her beautiful, supportive, and amazing family. We are introduced to Rye's mom, Dee, and her 10 year old daughter, Emily. Opposite ends of the spectrum in years, but two of the strongest female characters that I have ever read. Not because they possess supernatural abilities or powers, but because their unconditional love for Rye surpasses everything. My heart cried for them and laughed with them. Got excited and anxious with them. They were such easy characters to relate to. Wouldn't any of us love Rye the way that they did....if we were in their situation? Very very very early on in the book, we are blessed to meet the hunky hero in our book....Jett. Oh, Jett, Jett, Jett. I'm a sucker for "beefcake" guys in books. But one's that also have giving and loving and amazing hearts and souls....well stick a fork in me. I'm done. Jett makes a choice early on. A choice to give Rye a chance. Even in the midst of not knowing just how long he has her....he chooses. He chooses to love, he chooses to laugh, he chooses today. "What I want from you is simple. I want today only. If it's laughter, I want it. If it's pain, I want it. Whatever today holds, as long as the day hold you, I want it. I want today only." In the midst of all of the uncertainty and sadness around Rye's condition, Ms. Love manages to work in some pretty funny moments. All I can say, Nashville....oh, if this book is a premonition of what's to come...look out Tennessee!! I was lucky that I was reading this in a room full of people, or I very well may have spent a good portion of the book laughing out loud hysterically. I'm not a spoiler when it comes to books. I'm not that kind of review writer. So, as much as I want to comment about the range of emotions that I had over the course of this book, I won't. All I know, and all I can say, is that this book will stick with me for a long time. I know everyone said that I was going to lose it during this book....that it would be too painful. But you know what, it was the opposite. Reading about Rye's hope and the love of the family around her made me realize that terminal isn't the end. And, I quote.... "The power of love will heal you all. She's right. The power of love is stronger than ANYTHING in the world." I am blessed to have had the opportunity to read this. And I look forward to what Ms. Love has in store for us all next.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Katherine

    Today Only by D. Love was a very emotional read. It was amazingly beautiful, heartbreaking, and uplifting. And it was wonderful. The story follows Rye Silcox, a young woman dealing with a terminal illness. Rye is supported by and surrounded by her family - her mom, her 10 year old daughter, her sister & her sister's husband, and her young niece. Rye also finds support and love through a chance meeting with an old classmate - Jett. The strength that Rye and her family shows while dealing with thi Today Only by D. Love was a very emotional read. It was amazingly beautiful, heartbreaking, and uplifting. And it was wonderful. The story follows Rye Silcox, a young woman dealing with a terminal illness. Rye is supported by and surrounded by her family - her mom, her 10 year old daughter, her sister & her sister's husband, and her young niece. Rye also finds support and love through a chance meeting with an old classmate - Jett. The strength that Rye and her family shows while dealing with this illness is absolutely amazing. Rye is often weak and in pain but she doesn't let her stop her from living life to the fullest. Everyone who loves Rye is living for today only and making each day, each moment special. All of the characters that Ms. Love created were well developed and had a unique personality. We get to know each character through their little quirks - from Rye's mom, Dee, who loves books and cowboys and chocolate to Mark, Rye's brother in law, who is able to joke with Rye and call her illness her "friend". Even the secondary characters who only appear for a small part of the book have huge personalities. Rye and Jett were wonderful characters and I loved both of them and I loved their interactions and the journey their relationship took. But I have to say that Em, Rye's daughter, was one of my favorite characters. She had to deal with her mom's illness at such a young age; but she was so full of life and love. The story was so well-written and the plot flowed smoothly and was very realistic. I knew what was inevitably going to happen - I knew Rye had a terminal illness - but I found myself praying with Jett & Dee for a miracle. This book made me laugh and it made me cry. There were some hysterical scenes - like the pants less scene and when Jett met Dee's crazy friends. There were some heartbreaking scenes - like the car accident and when they went to see Rye's doctor. There were some scenes were I cried happy tears - like when Jett took Em to her dad-daughter dance. There were also some uplifting, hopeful scenes - like Rye's grace and strength at the end, and the family's reaction to Rye's illness. This book really touched my heart and made an impact on me. It is a book that will always stay with me. If you haven't read it, then you need to. I'd also like to say that this book is a must-read for anyone who has a loved one who is suffering with (or has passed away from) a terminal illness. It tears your heart open and brings all the hurt out, but it also brings hope and peace and understanding. I lost my grandmother to lung cancer and there were many parts of the book that made me think about her and cry, but it also reminded me of how strong she was and how much love she was surrounded with. I know that this book taught me two important lessons: 1. live for today only, 2. Look for the beauty in each day. I will definitely remember those lessons and incorporate them into my life.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Kim

    ***********SPOILERS********** I received this book as a gift and to give an honest review. Well, I am one in giving reviews I don't like to give away what the book is about but this book is different. I feel like the book is based around my life. First off a 5 star review isn't as high as I would give this book. Very well written and touched home in a lot of ways. When the book starts off Rye has a daughter Em and they both live with Rye's mom Dee. Rye has cancer. She runs into Jett a guy she wen ***********SPOILERS********** I received this book as a gift and to give an honest review. Well, I am one in giving reviews I don't like to give away what the book is about but this book is different. I feel like the book is based around my life. First off a 5 star review isn't as high as I would give this book. Very well written and touched home in a lot of ways. When the book starts off Rye has a daughter Em and they both live with Rye's mom Dee. Rye has cancer. She runs into Jett a guy she went to school with. They became great friends when they reconnected. Well, In a scene of the book Rye is in an accident. What Rye went through in that accident happened to me. Not sure if dead or alive. My sister is a cancer survivor so that part had touch home. Lots of things happen through out the book which some happy and laughing parts and some MAKE SURE YOU HAVE AN INVESTMENT IN TISSUES. There are some lessons learned in the book and one is "The Grass isn't always Greener on the other side" You make the mistake and should learn from it. Love when Dee is in a grocery store and comes across and elderly couple she helps them out and tells them maybe someday they can pay it forward. Dee is an angel in her own way. Dee is such a sweet lady. Dee who is by her daughter's side through this all is a blogger. When they go to a convention they meet all her "ONLINE" friends like I have. Only I haven't met them in person. Reading about the convention and seeing Dee run around getting all the swag should could not only made Rye tired but I got tired as well. Loving the nicknames Jett was getting from the women was quite comical. Rye who looks at life one day at a time. She finds something beautiful everyday. Jett fell in love with Rye and when he found out that she was dying he chose to stick by her and continue to love her and Em. I felt all the pain Rye had suffered. I also wanted to go through my Kindle and into the book to belt someone for hurting Rye. I really love books when you feel your part of the book in one way or another. Everything Rye went through reminded me of what must have been going through my aunt's mind. My aunt passed away from Pancreatic Cancer. Today is the anniversary of her death. Very hard to read this book but I wanted to finish it. I finished it and so glad I did. I want to thank D.Love for writing such a fabulous book. Well worth the tears and the laughter. It is funny how I was reading this book and events that had occurred in my life were in the book. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND THIS BOOK.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Sara Bree High

    Today Only by D. Love Beautiful and heartbreaking. This story touches your soul and grabs on and does not let go until the very end. It tests your faith and your thoughts. It makes you laugh, cry and fall in love. It makes you fall in love with life. It allows you to become part of the journey of living each day for Today only. I was gifted a copy of this beautiful story. I enjoyed my journey with Rye and Jett. I was endeared each time her mother read to her at night and held on just a little ti Today Only by D. Love Beautiful and heartbreaking. This story touches your soul and grabs on and does not let go until the very end. It tests your faith and your thoughts. It makes you laugh, cry and fall in love. It makes you fall in love with life. It allows you to become part of the journey of living each day for Today only. I was gifted a copy of this beautiful story. I enjoyed my journey with Rye and Jett. I was endeared each time her mother read to her at night and held on just a little tighter to her baby. Who now is a grown woman. I am not going to lie and tell you this book is roses and flowers. It's not! It deals with a hard reality that people face with each day. Loving - caring and being with someone who is sick. Terminal illness, where you hope against all hope that today will be the day that we get that miracle. That one medicine that will make everything better. Whilst you struggle to maintain your "living your life" without giving up. I never felt in this book anyone gave up. I felt that with each hugs, kiss and I love you they screamed at cancer and flipped it the finger. The family in this story lived! I loved that her brother in law found ways to make Rye laugh at the illness. "I guess your friend got the upper hand, huh?" Rye has such a beautiful soul and spirit and it touches every page. She loves her daughter and the relationship they have is beautiful. She is blessed with family who love her and she finds her missing piece that completed her. There is life for the dying. There is life after death for those that are left behind. Her family has a strong support system and a hysterical assortment of gals whom would move mountains for them all! This story embraces that and allows you the reader to take the journey with them. It allows you to triumph and have joy in everything. Then it allows you to grieve a loss but find peace. Please take the time to read this. Allow the words to touch your heart. You will cry, but in the end you will feel love and hope. Hope that might just be for Today only, but hope none the less. Ms. Love, the book is beautiful inside and out. Just like you!

  18. 5 out of 5

    Blushing Reader

    I am not sure how to rate this one yet.... It was good. Really pulled me emotionally, but something about the plot, dialogue, and characters left me wanting more depth reviewing this for a blog tour on blushingreader.com this weekend Star Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Heat Rating: Tame Words can't describe what my heart felt like after reading this book, I was devastated and uplifted at the same time. Today Only was an inspirational story about how we should live our life to the fullest while remembering to I am not sure how to rate this one yet.... It was good. Really pulled me emotionally, but something about the plot, dialogue, and characters left me wanting more depth reviewing this for a blog tour on blushingreader.com this weekend Star Rating: 3.5 out of 5 Heat Rating: Tame Words can't describe what my heart felt like after reading this book, I was devastated and uplifted at the same time. Today Only was an inspirational story about how we should live our life to the fullest while remembering to let in love and beauty. It is not just a simple romance story between Rye and Jett, there is a much bigger message that comes out while reading this book. A message about living for Today Only. Today Only was a beautiful story, it is not the type of story I usually read and honestly I probably never would have picked it up if I had not been asked to read it. However, I am glad that I did read it and get the chance to read about Rye and Jett, this story and the message that goes with it will stay with me for a long while. D. Love's story will make you cry, make you laugh, give you hope, teach you how to let go and leave you with a sense of peace, if not understanding. Get your tissues ready, you are going to need them. *This book was gifted to me in exchange for an honest review*

  19. 4 out of 5

    Amber

    Today Only takes you on one hell of an emotional roller coaster ride!! There is so much heart ache and joy, that at times you don't know whether to laugh or cry so you just do both. One thing is for sure, you better have a box of tissues near by while reading this one! If you like Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember then you will fall head over heels in love with Today Only. D. Love brings awareness to an illness that hits close to home to many. I was able to connect with most of the characters Today Only takes you on one hell of an emotional roller coaster ride!! There is so much heart ache and joy, that at times you don't know whether to laugh or cry so you just do both. One thing is for sure, you better have a box of tissues near by while reading this one! If you like Nicholas Sparks, A Walk to Remember then you will fall head over heels in love with Today Only. D. Love brings awareness to an illness that hits close to home to many. I was able to connect with most of the characters on so many levels, which made this story that more amazing! Reading this story let me know there were others out there that were in positions similar to mine, it let me know that although things are hard and heartbreaking it will all work out in the end and you never know what true miracles you have til your time is running out. I highly recommend this book, however, if you are not good at keeping emotions in check then this book may not be for you. I guarantee Today Only will bring you to tears but it is so worth!

  20. 4 out of 5

    Wanda Hartzenberg

    For those who do not believe in word of mouth -- let me tell you it works. I got a copy of this book based on a friends gushing about the book. She is an author and not the gushing type. So I immediately took notice. I read it in installments up to 75% since I cried already near the start when the main protagonist and her daughter got in a motor vehicle accident. At 75% though I gave up and read till the end. I ended up balling my eyes out and promising myself to stop and see the beauty in everyday For those who do not believe in word of mouth -- let me tell you it works. I got a copy of this book based on a friends gushing about the book. She is an author and not the gushing type. So I immediately took notice. I read it in installments up to 75% since I cried already near the start when the main protagonist and her daughter got in a motor vehicle accident. At 75% though I gave up and read till the end. I ended up balling my eyes out and promising myself to stop and see the beauty in everyday. Today Only is all we have but if we do this life correctly it may be all we need. I have stopped crying now but I am still inspired to live for today only and see the beauty in THIS day. A must read. Get your copy, some tissues and some ME time.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Nicole Rogers

    This book was outstanding, I can not believe this is D. love debut novel. I have to start by saying I struggled with reading this one. I purchased it but new what the story was about and with where my family is at currently I was not sure if I could go through with reading it. I am at this moment struggling not to continue crying, please know that my tears are heart breaking but at the same time happy tears because this book reminded me that no matter what today is truly all we are guaranteed an This book was outstanding, I can not believe this is D. love debut novel. I have to start by saying I struggled with reading this one. I purchased it but new what the story was about and with where my family is at currently I was not sure if I could go through with reading it. I am at this moment struggling not to continue crying, please know that my tears are heart breaking but at the same time happy tears because this book reminded me that no matter what today is truly all we are guaranteed and that love will help heal everything. One more personal thing and then I will get into my review. I myself was diagnosis end with cervical cancer four years ago I was blessed and they were able to remove the tumor before it spread and currently we are dealing with my mother in law who is suffering from rumors that are rapidly spreading throughout her whole body, we are spending time as a family and struggling to come to terms with losing her. So I have to say a huge THANK YOU D!!! This book has helped me find the way I am going to look at everyday forward with her. Now onto this highly enjoyable read. We start out with Rye and her daughter 10 year old Em. They are gearing up for a March of Dimes walk, the love and banter between these two brings a smile to my face. Rye was your typical rebellious teen who ended up pregnant at the age of 15 with the support of her mother Dee and sister Katy she was able to move forward and build a strong loving family for her daughter. While at the walk Rye meets a man from her past Jett, they attended high school together. The three of them end up doing the walk together and then go out to lunch together. I have to tell you I fell in love with Jett it was like he knew Rye was meant to be in his life. As the story continues you see a family grow and struggle through sickness. You will die with laughter with the crazy things and comments that come out of Dee's mouth. D did a wonderful job of bringing in the whole social networking and how these wonderful blogs, FB pages and so on bring all of his bookies together and how we all support each other. Side note again reading through the convention part of the story I now want to meet Jenn more than I did before. Sorry I keep getting sidetracked but there is so much in this book to relate to. I can promise you that you will get a happy ending but it might not be the one you are searching for. The love and bond that grows so rapidly between Jett and Em is amazing and it is what all mothers hope for when they meet a man that is not their child's biological father. I loved how when Rye ask Jett what he wants from her he tells her for Today Only. The title of this book could not be more fitting, all any of us really need is for today only. I laughed, I cried, I saw things through the characters eyes which is what I love the most when reading. Also as you can tell from my review I could relate to the story in a way. Please if you want a heartwarming read that might make you cry but allows you to smile while your doing it please give this book a chance. Again D. Love thank you for writing such a wonderful touching read that many of us can relate.

  22. 4 out of 5

    Sylvia

    This book has left me bawling my eyes out and I really don't know how to gather myself to write this review. From the moment I began reading it I knew the outcome of the story, and like death in life, you still are not prepared, even though you know what is going to happen. I am feeling raw and numb, and Today Only is a story that will make you feel like you are actually living it through and through. You love, you laugh, you cry and you mourn, just like the wonderful characters in this book. Th This book has left me bawling my eyes out and I really don't know how to gather myself to write this review. From the moment I began reading it I knew the outcome of the story, and like death in life, you still are not prepared, even though you know what is going to happen. I am feeling raw and numb, and Today Only is a story that will make you feel like you are actually living it through and through. You love, you laugh, you cry and you mourn, just like the wonderful characters in this book. Thank you D. Love for writing such a beautiful and inspirational story about living each day like it was your last and appreciating the love you have and the power that it can set you free. I loved everything about this story and I am forever grateful for D. Love offering this book for me to read for my honest review. It's hard not to be affected by this book and it's personal feel. Today Only is a tear jerker that will have you questioning "why" throughout the whole story until you read the final chapters, it all makes a whole lot of sense. Everything in life happens for a reason, and our main character, Rye, has believed that all her life. You see, Rye is dying and she never expected any type of miracle for her. Yet, one came her way when she met, or shall I say, re-met, Jett. Ah, Jett, the man who will stop at nothing to love and take care of her. Their story was so sweet and full of such hope and compassion. When he found out she was dying, he did not falter or run. Instead, he became Rye's everything, not just for her, but for her family, especially her daughter Em. He did everything in his heart and soul to be the man Rye deserved and the father that Em never had. He taught them to love Today Only and find the beauty in everything. I loved how strong yet fragile he was, making him so relatable. It was a wonderful thing to read. I highly recommend this book to all those who have lived through death and learnt how to accept and breath again. Today Only, will touch you heart and forever leave a print upon your soul. Death is no happy ending, but this book lets you believe that there is always an ending full of love and promise. Thank you D. Love for showing us that there can be.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Gia

    5 soul shattering grief stricken stars “What I want from you is simple. I want today only. If it's laughter, I want it. If it's pain, I want it. Whatever today holds, as long as the day holds you, I want it. I want today only.”- Jett It is these kinds of books with characters that will stay with you forever that makes me never want to stop reading. I cannot believe I'm saying this but the amount of tears that I shed for this book makes the amount of mindfuckery, heartbreak, and loss I felt for Col 5 soul shattering grief stricken stars “What I want from you is simple. I want today only. If it's laughter, I want it. If it's pain, I want it. Whatever today holds, as long as the day holds you, I want it. I want today only.”- Jett It is these kinds of books with characters that will stay with you forever that makes me never want to stop reading. I cannot believe I'm saying this but the amount of tears that I shed for this book makes the amount of mindfuckery, heartbreak, and loss I felt for Colleen Hoover's Hopeless combined with the pain, grief, and longing I cried in John Green's The Fault in Our Stars look like nothing compared to Today Only. The blurb does not give much away about the story so I feel like I shouldn't reveal much in this review(if this and my other so-called 'reviews' do justice to the purpose of the word). I had an idea of what to expect and I knew what I was going into the moment I saw the poem before Chapter One. What I didn't expect was for the waterworks to start in Chapter two! Golly gee. Yes, this book is that good that once I started reading, I couldn't stop. Ugly uncontrollable tears and lots and lots of tissue are to be expected if you want to read this. You are one heartless person if this book doesn't bring you to tears. Hmph. (But then again, maybe it is just me and my soft spot for books of this kind) UPDATE: So, now that I've slept on it, I can say that I feel like I'm still mourning for a fictional character but at the same time, I have fully absorbed the intensity of the story and I realized a few things. First, although the story is beautiful in its own painful way, I noticed that there were flaws in the way it was written. Second, some details contradict each other in some way. Third, some details needed to be fixed or whatnots but I don't care. My tears blinded my brain to see the imperfections in the way it was written because the content more than made up for it. Hahaha.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Amy

    Let me start with saying this is another book that deserves 10 stars. This book is so sweet, amazing, and touching. Rye is an amazing girl and it sucks what she has to go threw but thankfully she has the best family EVER. Jett is an amazing man. He is the perfect gentleman and loves with all he has. He never gives up and makes life beautiful for everyone else. “What I want from you is simple. I want today only. If it’s laughter, I want it. If it’s pain, I want it. Whatever today holds, as long as th Let me start with saying this is another book that deserves 10 stars. This book is so sweet, amazing, and touching. Rye is an amazing girl and it sucks what she has to go threw but thankfully she has the best family EVER. Jett is an amazing man. He is the perfect gentleman and loves with all he has. He never gives up and makes life beautiful for everyone else. “What I want from you is simple. I want today only. If it’s laughter, I want it. If it’s pain, I want it. Whatever today holds, as long as the day holds you, I want it. I want today only.” This quote is my new favorite. It is what started the crying for me. I have never cried so hard during a book as I did with this one. After I was done and put my book down my Fiance asked me if it was that bad and I bawled. This book literally touched my heart and soul. I have never had a book touch me so deeply. I felt everything threw this book and could imagine every part. I love how D. Love brings in some names that we all know well. It makes the book that much better. This book has become my number one favorite. I don’t think anything can top the emotions I felt in this book. I loved the Jett Poetry. It added a nice and fun touch to the book. “Live today… Love today… Smile today… I will see you today… -Jett’s Poetry” He is the perfect man. This book will be one that I read again and again. Definitely one that will be added to my bookshelf when the option becomes available. I definitely recommend this book to everyone. It is emotional but a must read. I have come to realize a lot reading this book and I will be carrying some things with me from here on out. I will also be starting a new routine with my kids. I have D. Love to thank for reminding me how important life really is. You are truly never promised tomorrow. So I end this review with one question for you. What is beautiful in your world today?

  25. 5 out of 5

    Sarah

    I honestly have to say I am at a loss for words. This debut book from a wonderful inspirational woman in everyday life has managed to make me laugh, cry, scream and just plain fall in love with the characters all at the same time. You have two characters that just draw you in, actually you have 3 characters. Rye a single mother who is fighting to live a life to the fullest with an expiration date far too soon. Jett a man who just seems lost with his life, he has done the military life and now bac I honestly have to say I am at a loss for words. This debut book from a wonderful inspirational woman in everyday life has managed to make me laugh, cry, scream and just plain fall in love with the characters all at the same time. You have two characters that just draw you in, actually you have 3 characters. Rye a single mother who is fighting to live a life to the fullest with an expiration date far too soon. Jett a man who just seems lost with his life, he has done the military life and now back into a civilian life just can't seem to make the connection with people in an everyday life and Em OMG such a sweet young innocent girl with way too much to deal with then any little girl should. These three come together and once they do they do they can't be separated. Not only do the 3 main characters have a pull but the ENTIRE family is pulled together and learn so much about themselves and each other. This story is someones reality or it is told in a way that makes you believe it is someones reality. Today Only is heartbreaking emotional and inspirational story. D has done a wonderful job with her characters making them real and even though the story is emotional and heartbreaking it also has just enough LOL moments to keep the right energy flowing through the story. D has done an exceptional job with this story and for her debut she rocked it!!! Much LOVE to you D and I can't wait to read more from you. I would recommend this book to anyone but more importantly to anyone who has a major life struggle they are going through that can be a terminal illness or just a huge life change. Family is the core of the story and how family is there to love comfort and support you o matter what. I learned a lot from this story as I hope anyone who reads it will to!

  26. 5 out of 5

    Pyxi

    My review for: Today Only by D. Love My rating: 5 out of 5 stars (if I could give more, I would) Shanna Roberson Where to begin? *deep breath in* Let me first say, this isn’t my normal genre. I do enjoy some contemporary romance but for the most part, I stick to fantasy/UF/PNR and such. D. Love’s debut novel has left me wrecked, shaking and in utter awe of her talent. With my R2R schedule, I tend not to have the time to re-read books but I just couldn’t help myself with this one! Without giving a My review for: Today Only by D. Love My rating: 5 out of 5 stars (if I could give more, I would) Shanna Roberson Where to begin? *deep breath in* Let me first say, this isn’t my normal genre. I do enjoy some contemporary romance but for the most part, I stick to fantasy/UF/PNR and such. D. Love’s debut novel has left me wrecked, shaking and in utter awe of her talent. With my R2R schedule, I tend not to have the time to re-read books but I just couldn’t help myself with this one! Without giving away too much of the story, it begins with a terminally ill mother, Rye and her entire world, her ten year old daughter, Em. Immediately, I am drawn into Rye’s plight. She is trying to be strong in face of this devastating hand life has dealt her. She is trying to devour every moment with her little girl because she knows she only has moments left. Each one more precious than the last. With the support of her family, she is just trying to make each day count when an unexpected friendship from her high school years is rekindled. Jett is beyond swoon-worthy, handsome and completely taken with Rye. And he isn’t part of her plans. How do you love when you have an expiration date? Is the hurt of losing worth the price of love? Words can’t explain fully how many emotions this book stirred in me. It is haunting, heartbreakingly beautiful and uplifting. My review really doesn’t do its full beauty justice. I recommend this book to anyone who needs reminding that there are good things in terrible situations, anyone that needs to hope. Filled with wonderful characters, both happy and sorrowful tears and many laughs. Truly one of my favorites of 2013 and I can’t wait to read more from D. Love!

  27. 4 out of 5

    Three Chicks

    5 Star Guest Review by Dawn Mazzeo I had no idea what to expect; I knew nothing about the story or the author. This book turned out to be such a gem. It reads like a memoir from two perspectives Rye (a woman dealing with a serious diagnosis) and Jett (the hot, military man aka "BBQ" because he is a fine piece of meat) who falls in love with her. "Jett asks her daily, "What's one thing beautiful you've seen today?" "The sun," I reply self-conscious. "You want to ask me?" He moves closer as he speak 5 Star Guest Review by Dawn Mazzeo I had no idea what to expect; I knew nothing about the story or the author. This book turned out to be such a gem. It reads like a memoir from two perspectives Rye (a woman dealing with a serious diagnosis) and Jett (the hot, military man aka "BBQ" because he is a fine piece of meat) who falls in love with her. "Jett asks her daily, "What's one thing beautiful you've seen today?" "The sun," I reply self-conscious. "You want to ask me?" He moves closer as he speaks. "You Rye." After all the time we've spent together, I'm still stunned that he can find me beautiful. He swoops me up in his arms and lays me on my bed. Kneeling down by my feet, he peels off his shirt, revealing his toned, muscular chest and shoulders. I'm awed by his strength and that someone this sexy is here with me. He smiles, eyes burning with desire, as he slowly..." Want more?? You will have to get your own copy. I fell in love with these two characters as well as their family members for the love and bravery they each bring to the story. This is a bittersweet love story that takes you through the soul changing journey of how to live life seeing the beauty of life every day. I cried big tears throughout the book, but laughed too. I highly recommend reading. "What I want from you is simple. I want today only. If it's laughter, I want it. If it's pain. I want it. Whatever today holds, as long as the day holds you, I want it. I want today only."

  28. 4 out of 5

    Jacquie Talento

    I won a copy of this book from a contest. “What I want from you is simple. I want today only. If it’s laughter, I want it. If it’s pain, I want it. Whatever today holds, as long as the day holds you, I want it. I want today only.” WOW, what an impact that all holds. When I received this book in the mail and opened the package, the energy from the book itself was so overwhelming I had tears in my eyes. And so you ask, from just touching the book? It’s true. Once I started reading it, my feelings we I won a copy of this book from a contest. “What I want from you is simple. I want today only. If it’s laughter, I want it. If it’s pain, I want it. Whatever today holds, as long as the day holds you, I want it. I want today only.” WOW, what an impact that all holds. When I received this book in the mail and opened the package, the energy from the book itself was so overwhelming I had tears in my eyes. And so you ask, from just touching the book? It’s true. Once I started reading it, my feelings were validated by Ms. Love’s words as she wrote this heartwarming story. I could feel the power thru her words as I read them. The story is Rye’s life as she finds she has an inoperable brain tumor. Her daughter, Emily and her have decided to join one of the walkathons and they happen upon Jett. Jett went to school with Rye and the connection is intense. Rye isn’t sure she can allow someone into her life as she knows her own fate. But will fate connect Rye and Jett, along with Emily in a love that is undeniable regardless of the time they might have left? Amazing isn’t the right word for this story as I’m at a loss for words as to how wonderfully it was written and how it pulled every heart string I have in my own body. The book will keep Kleenex companies around the world in business. This was a fantastic read for me.

  29. 4 out of 5

    Julia

    This book had me from the dedication of the book the the last line and then some....The emotions of each character is felt. You cry with each one of them, laugh because somewhere you can hear that funny line ,and feel the desperation of them all... The one thing that is for certain is that love knows no bounds, the love a mother has for her child...and the love a stranger has for another is told in such a way that is awe inspiring... Rye finds love when she doesn't know she will need it the most This book had me from the dedication of the book the the last line and then some....The emotions of each character is felt. You cry with each one of them, laugh because somewhere you can hear that funny line ,and feel the desperation of them all... The one thing that is for certain is that love knows no bounds, the love a mother has for her child...and the love a stranger has for another is told in such a way that is awe inspiring... Rye finds love when she doesn't know she will need it the most, Jeff is unknowingly the strength that a Em. will need when her mother is no more and Dee, and the rest of the family will continue to be the unbearable love that will keep Rye's memory alive. Rye was dealt a short hand, and is a trooper is the face of death... Em is the child who knows that time is valuable, as well as the memories of her strong mother. Dee is the Mother who helps her daughter with such love and devotion, it's gut wrenching to read what will be the end of such a beautifully told life. I could go on for ever but my eyes are tearing up as I type...Read this book and you will understand to live for Today Only.

  30. 5 out of 5

    C.L.

    Wow. What a POWERFULLY BEAUTIFUL debut novel, D Love!!! I am not sure how to word a review about this as I am still raw from reading and finishing it nearly 5 hours ago. This book is one of those that makes you look at life and remember that you are not just here to exist... you are here to LIVE and appreciate every day and what God blesses you with. I know, too often, that we tend to get wrapped up in our daily grind and forget to see the beauty in each day. I try to stay positive, focus on the Wow. What a POWERFULLY BEAUTIFUL debut novel, D Love!!! I am not sure how to word a review about this as I am still raw from reading and finishing it nearly 5 hours ago. This book is one of those that makes you look at life and remember that you are not just here to exist... you are here to LIVE and appreciate every day and what God blesses you with. I know, too often, that we tend to get wrapped up in our daily grind and forget to see the beauty in each day. I try to stay positive, focus on the little things (family time, etc), and appreciate everything I am blessed with, but am human and sometimes fail. THANK YOU for this incredible book and the experience. Very few books have made me cry, this one is on that short list. The emotion was real and honest and I can't gush enough about how amazing it was. You have a friend and fan for life, D. And... just so we are clear, that means I will never forget the chocolate <3

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