Willow Adair has a picture-perfect lifeor so it seems. A stunning model-turned-wife-and-mother, she lives in a beautiful home with her husband and two kids in historic Bexley, one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Columbus, Ohio. On the outside, she has everything. On the inside, she struggles with issues of self-worth. Spurned by her neglectful husband and at odds with her rebellious teen daughter, Willow never feels she is good enough. She fears everyone she loves will leave.
Piece by piece, the cornerstones of Willow’s life begin to crumble. A routine colon operation goes horribly wrong. A yoga injury leads to a series of surgeries and misdiagnoses, ultimately ending in permanent loss of motion in her right arm. And then Willow is diagnosed with breast cancer. Convinced that no one will stand by her for one more day of sickness and depression, she prepares to end her life.
That's where the Angels come in.
Willow’s friends lift her spirits when she is sad, and weep with her when she is hurting. They walk beside her quite literally, on sidewalks from Cleveland to Miami. And they walk beside her spiritually and emotionally, soothing her heartache and reminding her that every single minute of her life is abundantly worth living. Walk Beside Me is the story of a woman who peels away the layers to find her inner warrior, a woman who faces insurmountable odds andthanks to her earthly Angelslearns to treasure the gift of God's infinite light and love.
|Publisher:||Morgan James Publishing|
|Product dimensions:||6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.80(d)|
About the Author
Christine Handy is a wife and mother living between Dallas, Texas and Miami, Florida. She has two amazing sons whose devotion through all her illnesses continues to humble and astound her. Christine’s family has been a rock, a comfort, and a blessing during hard times. In the immortal words of Princess Diana, “Family is the most important thing in the world.”
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
Walk Beside Me by Christine Handy is a fictional story. Part of the story is based on the author's experience while going through cancer treatment. Willow Adair has what so many people want. She is a former model, who's husband is very successful in his career. They have two children and live in a wealthy area in Columbus, Ohio. They vacation in Nantucket and own a second home in Miami. But – her husband travels a lot with his job. And her teen age daughter is rebellious and going to school out of town. Willow has struggled with her health and has a routine colon surgery. A vein is cut during the surgery and she almost died. Even after the surgery she is still very sick, until she eventually goes to a specialist out of town and learns she needs to change her diet. Willow injures her wrist and has a simple surgery for a torn ligament. While recovering she has a blood clot and then after the cast is removed her arm starts to hurt and swells. Her doctor insists nothing is wrong. Her husband accuses her of seeing more doctors than anyone. She eventually goes to a specialist out of town who tells her, she has a really bad infection that has destroyed her wrist. She will need to have it fused. Before she has finished the treatment for her wrist, she is diagnosed with breast cancer. She has had it and is thinking of ending her life. When her friends find out, they gather around her and schedule for someone to be with her everyday while she goes through treatment. This is a good, inspirational story. Once I started reading it, I wanted to keep reading it to find out how Willow progressed. This is a good story of friendship and reaching out to those in need. I enjoyed the part of her friends surrounding her with prayers and encouragement constantly. I hope fellow readers learn from Willow's mistake and seek medical care when they think something is not right. I have to give this book a 4 due to the language. I feel the message would have come across just as well, or even better, without the swear words. I also hope people realize this is fiction and don't shrug off their medical concerns. I do think Willow should have thought more about her husband's feelings and kept weekends for family without friends always there. Don't get me wrong, this is a good story. . Having gone through a very severe injury then cancer treatments I know you have to be your own health advocate. I wish the story had more of this to help those going through health struggles. I received a copy of this book from the author. I have written an honest review.
This is one of the best books I have had the pleasure of ready! Christine's story is so true to life and such and inspiration! I cant wait for her next release!
I purchased Christine Handy's book Walk Beside Me at the Barnes and Noble book launch. There I heard her personal account of what she went through and the process of writing the book. It is an amazing story of courage, friendship and perseverance. The book is a great read for anyone who has known the fear associated with cancer and grown stronger from the experience.
I purchased this book at Barnes and Noble on a business trip. I myself am not a cancer survivor but was intrigued by the story nevertheless. Upon turning only a few pages, I was instantly grasped by the author's incredible tale. Walk Beside me is a heart wrenching yet enlightening story of life's toughest challenge, and while beating cancer is the pinnacle of the plot, what unites all readers alike, is the importance of friendship, of women standing beside each other through the unparalleled hardships, of family dynamics and relationships that reveal and unravel through crises, and most importantly, of the internal strength to battle, one only truly discovers when facing the unknown. Hard to put down, this quick read will leave you simultaneously crying and smiling while pondering the messages the author uncovers with each page.