Dylan or “Oskie” has experienced great loss even prior to the recent passing of his father, Hollis, who was also his long-time coach. This loss has made him hesitate to move forward, especially in love. While cleaning out his father’s belongings, Oskie finds a book of poems written by his father. As he begins to read them, memories come flooding back and he truly sees the importance of his father’s words. Linda, his best friend’s Mom, also figures in the story and gives him a great example to follow. As a remarkable week passes and Dylan studies his father’s words, he learns three lessons that help him make sense of it all.
This is a heart-touching story about memories shared, lives lost, and the love that remains afterwards. It reminds us that memories can be so good that they hurt, and that it’s better to feel the hurt than shut out the memories. I really connected with the character Linda, who lost her son to suicide. She makes me think of a woman I personally know who lost her entire family, including her children, and yet she just radiates love, because she knows the secret. Love is it. It’s the only thing we take with us and the only thing that keeps growing after we die.
There are also two great adoptions in this story. Dylan’s son “Turbo” has already been adopted, and another adoption story begins to unfold. Coaching and sports figure heavily in this story as well. Dylan has followed in his father’s footsteps as a coach.
My only criticism is, in my opinion, there were too many nicknames for a fairly short story and I wasn’t fond of some of the nicknames. I would advise readers to check the glossary of nicknames in the front of the book in order to avoid confusion. However, that being said, this is a heartfelt story of love, loss, and lessons learned. I would recommend it to all. You can buy this story on Amazon for only 99 cents.
I received a free gift copy from the author. My review is voluntary and my opinions are my own.
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