In this insightful, thought-provoking memoir, a teacher writes about how she found healing after losing her husband when she was 24 and pregnant.
In love with her husband, Josh, and pregnant with their first child, Taylor's life seemed perfect. But when Josh is killed in an accident, it's clear that the 24-year-old high-school teacher must cope not only with the loss of her husband but with the loss of a dream. Taylor painstakingly details her struggle to make sense of a world turned upside down and to raise her son, Kai, alone. Thinking that she is in control, Taylor discovers the truth that none of us really is; at the same time she fights the temptation of victimhood. Luckily she finds solace and inspiration in her students and in the lessons of beloved works of literature. Slowly she fills her empty bucket with positive moments, fielding the attempts of her well-meaning family to help. With deft humor, Taylor sizes up TV reality shows like The Bachelorette and creates her own irreverent list of qualities for the "perfect date," accepts idiosyncratic guidance from an eccentric "fairy godmother," finds strength in a group for single mothers, and throughout it all nurtures Kai. This memoir follows one woman as she begins the long, painful journey to a new life — not the one she'd assumed she'd have — cobbled together out of her own determination, humor, and belief in the future. "Young women and solo mothers everywhere will find a new friend in Natalie Taylor, who meets the challenges of her life with grace and humor."