I have decided that I want to not work and read all day. Wouldn’t that be the best? There are always so many books I want to read, and just not enough time to do it. I was doing so well reading like a machine a couple months ago, but not so much recently. However, I did just finish a book that I am excited to share with you for this month!
Thanks to the wonderful world of social media, I had the chance to read a new book before it is even released. Counting Stars by Kathleen Long will be released on October 27 and I am so excited that I was able to read it ahead of time and not have to wait.
But first a little back story…. Back in 2012, I read Chasing Rainbows, and first met Bernie who’s life was turned upside down with the sudden passing of her dad, her husband leaving her, and her best friend’s unplanned pregnancy. I remember being drawn to this book because Bernie was dealing with losing her dad as I had done just two years prior. Then (and still) reading about how people – and characters – cope with losing a loved one is comforting to me.
When I finished Chasing Rainbows, I reached out to the author on Facebook. Social media is such a wonderful thing and I enjoy being able to “meet” and “talk” to an author whose book I enjoyed. I remember her thanking me and since then, we’ve been friends on Facebook.
Just last month, Kathleen reached out to me with a copy of her newest book, Counting Stars and I gladly accepted it.
This story brings back Bernie, now dealing with the sudden loss of her brother and finding a journal he kept of travel destinations he wanted to go to. Her sister-in-law never understood his desire to see such places, but for Bernie it was a trip down memory lane. After realizing her brother had continued to add to the journal, even as an adult, she decided to make it a bucket list. After much convincing, she set out across the country with her sister-in-law, mother, and best friend’s daughter to check off each larger-than-life destination her brother wanted to see. Along the way, all four women lear how to forgive, remember, grieve, and love. Miles and miles of road makes for new memories for all of them. And, Bernie realizes she’s been hiding for far too long and the trip shows her how important love is and she makes a decision to love again.
Counting Stars is a touching story and certainly worth the read. The strength of the four women, separately and together, are evident throughout and this story show how they each have things to deal with and they all deal with them differently, yet it brings them together.
I hope that we will get to meet Bernie again in another book and see where live has taken her in a couple more years.
Be sure to pop on over to Run.Chew.Sparkle and see what she read in October!
What book would you currently recommend?