Title: I Couldn't Love You More
Publisher: Grand Central Publshing
Pub Date: May 15th, 2012
Author: Jillian MedoffReceived From: NetGalley
Which child would you save? A decision no parent can even fathom.
Eliot Gordon would do anything for her family. A 38-year-old working mother, she lives an ordinary but fulfilling life in suburban Atlanta with her partner, Grant Delaney, and their three daughters. The two older girls are actually Eliot's stepdaughters, a distinction she is reluctant to make as she valiantly attempts to maintain a safe, happy household...
Then Finn Montgomery, Eliot's long-lost first love, appears, triggering a shocking chain of events that culminates in a split-second decision that will haunt her beloved family forever. How Eliot survives--and what she loses in the process-is a story that will resonate with anyone who has ever loved a child. With hilarious honesty, wrenching depth, and a knockout twist, I Couldn't Love You More illuminates the unbreakable bonds of family and reveals the lengths we'll go to save each other, even as we can't save ourselves.
Choice, we all have a choice in the things that we do and say each day. Eliot has many choices she makes in her life. She works hard to keep life stable for her stepdaughters, Charlotte and Gail, to keep her partner Grant happy and to raise her young daughter Hailey. But choices that are made in this book have consequences, how this mirrors our real life. I make choices every day too. I guess though I am lucky that I haven't yet made a choice that truly altered someone else s life.
This story was truly phenomenal, I sat and read it with eager emotions and then turned to true fear as I was paralyzed on my couch waiting for things to get better. At one point I considered stopping, but man am I glad that I stuck it out. As I look back over the story as a whole I see how real it is and can be. How my life could be Eliot and Grants life in a second. But I am most struck by the relationships in the story, Mothers, daughter, sisters. The theme is really quite deep and wide and yet so well refined! Kudos the Jillian Medoff for keeping me so ingrained in her story!