I've been so bad about writing my book reviews. I've read SO MANY good books so far this year. We will see if I can be better about posting reviews. Anyways, I mentioned that last weekend I visited my "honorary" grandparents, Meem and Pop. Meem is also a big reader and she sent me home with a TON of books. The first one I read was Book 1 of this series by an author named Karen Kingsbury. Okay, I'm gonna be honest, I had never heard of her before, BUT, after reading this book I'm on a mission to find other books by her. I've already read Book 2 of this series and am on Book 3. BUT, this review is about Book 1, One Tuesday Morning.
I actually didn't read a full description of the book before I started reading it. Meem told me it was fiction, but based on the events of 9/11. The only thing I read was the cover that said "Strangers with the same face. Only one will leave the Twin Towers alive." I knew ahead of time that this would be an emotional book (I was right).
"Karen Kingsbury wrote this novel as a way of grieving the events of September 11, 2001. It's an emotionally gripping story of a devoted firefighter, and a driven businessman, strangers from opposite sides of the country with the same face. They meet in the stairwell of the South Tower that fateful Tuesday morning, but only one of them will leave the building alive. Battling amnesia, the survivor must learn how to be the husband and father he never was, by living in the shoes of the man who no longer is. Ultimately he will only find his way home because of the love and faith of one very special woman."
First of all, Karen did such a good job of taking you back to September 11. I found myself remembering where I was and what I was doing when all of this happened. Granted, the characters are names Karen made up, but you know there were real people just like them. There were many firefighters who took the call to go to the towers that day who never made it out. There were businessmen who had traveled across the country for a Tuesday morning meeting in New York who never made it home. You knew as she was describing the horrific events taking place that day, that it wasn't just something in the imagination of an author, that really happened. I'll admit I cried more than once during this book. I don't want to go into too much detail because I don't want to spoil the book for anyone who might read it. Some of the story is a little predictable, but it's not a distraction and it doesn't take away from the book. I can't recommend this book enough!
Happy weekend everyone!