How can you live when you’re dying? That’s exactly what a wife and mom with a countdown clock would like to know.
Carolina Burns faces words no one wants to hear. She’s dying.
She fights for her final year on earth—until she chooses to simply live. Her husband, Ben, and their eleven-year-old daughter, Rachael, must also accept her diagnosis. Their faith will be tested, and their bravery tried.
Carolina writes letters to Rachael for all the life events she’ll miss and spends every waking moment with her loved ones or in the garden where she coaxes beauty from the Georgia soil. Through it all, the Burns family uncovers how to embrace this good thing—life.
Discover the beauty of a lasting legacy through this love story that will break your heart while building you up.
About the Author
When Joy's not doing horrible things to her characters or dreaming up faerie creatures and fantastic weapons, she hangs out with her husband Tony, homeschools her two children, snuggles her two stinky dogs and lets her cat, Tolkien, do whatever he wants. They'd prefer to live in Middle-earth or Narnia or Hogwarts or in a galaxy far, far away; but, for now, they're living their happily ever after in the Camellia City across Lake Pontchartrain from New Orleans.
RACHAEL RITCHEY is a dreamer who believes in the resilience of the human spirit. She never wants to forget we are not what has happened to us or what we've done. She believes we are deep wells of compassion and strength, and when unleashed, these subtle superpowers can change the world, even if only just one person at a time.
She writes with an eye toward exemplifying these attributes. Her YA fiction reflects these qualities with daring adventure and sweet romance that almost anyone can enjoy. Rachael lives in Spokane, WA with her husband, kids, and their dog named Hashtag.
Table of Contents
Table of Contents
I Counting Petals
II Picking Plants
Letters for Rachael: When You’ve Got a Feeling, but You’re Unsure Whether or Not to Follow It
III Tilling Soil
Letters for Rachael: When You Fall in Love
IV Planting Seeds
Letters for Rachael: When You Say “Yes” to a First Date
V Watering Growth
Letters for Rachael: When You’re Ready to Say “I Do”
VI Pruning Weeds
Letters for Rachael: When You Question Your Worth & Wonder How to be a Friend
VII Nurturing Soil
Letters for Rachael:
When You Face Death When You Embrace Life
VIII Smelling Blossoms
Letters for Rachael: When You Become a Mother
IX Gathering Harvest
Letters for Rachael: When You Need to Grieve
X Resting Earth