“Time of death…” the doctor said.
I won’t forget that moment I looked over at Ellie—the paleness of her once rosy cheeks, the blue hue coating her perfect lips—the woman I had been with since we were five years old. My wife. My best friend…and the mother to our newborn baby girl.
You promised me we would be together forever, I wanted to tell her. She gave me her forever, I told myself. Her forever just ended at twenty-five.
“You need to say your goodbyes…” the doctor said.
How do I say goodbye to the one person in my life I could never say goodbye to?
My body is numb, and my heart hurts. Hurts like someone just ripped it out of my chest. Which is ironic…
“We are going to remove her heart now, Hunter. It was her wish to donate,” the doctor said.
She never told me this.
She never told me another woman would carry on with her beating heart. She never told me this woman knew me but wouldn’t let me know her.
She never told me if I should follow her heart, or if I should follow mine.
She knew. She could have told me…
A Heart of Time by Author Shari J. Ryan is an emotional journey of learning to live your life without your soulmate and discovering what that means for you…
Death is never easy, it’s even worse when it someone so young. A new mother, soulmate and best friend gone in the blink of an eye (grab tissues if you’re a crier, it starts early on!). This book had me evaluating all of the “what ifs” I keep in the back of my mind. It was an emotional experience as a parent to read this story. The love and the anger, the pain and the healing….it’s quite a journey.
“But in truth, the pain reminds me of her, and I don’t want to forget her so I endure the pain, and I carry it around like a heavy bad on my back.”
Hunter is carrying the world on his shoulders. Being a single father unexpectedly through him for a loop but I love how he handles it, he is so close with this daughter and they have this amazing bond. You follow them through big moments in their lives (from good to bad) and watch their feelings evolve over time. Aside from caring for Olive he deals emotionally with letters from the anonymous recipient of his wife’s heart and meets the single mom that lives across the street from him.
“I have fallen for my friend…and I don’t know what to do about that.”
Life never seemed simple for him and we get to see him through this chapter of it. Learning to love, live, let go, move on…it’s all here and it will make you appreciate life.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Shari J. Ryan is an Amazon Top 100 Bestselling author, a Barnes & Noble Top 10 Bestselling author, and an iBookstore #1 Bestselling author. She hails from Central Massachusetts where she lives with her husband and two lively little boys. Shari has always had an active imagination and enjoys losing herself in the fictional worlds she creates.
When Shari isn’t writing, she can usually be found cleaning toys up off the floor.
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