This story is a heartbreaking look into the devastating and emotional journey on one couple's fight against cancer. The story goes back and forth between Doss and Abby's present and their past giving the reader a backseat ride to the the story of their lives. It is emotional and heartbreaking from beginning to end as the story of their deep love and supportive relationship unfolds, to the stress of Abby's powerful father never really accepting Doss even after 10 years, to the decisions that they are faced with as their cancer journey progresses. It is also an exploration in how a person's life should end when they have a long term, terminal illness.
As usual I loved the story put out by this author. This is not a new release by him being published in 2008, but I'm working my way through all his older novels. He really knows how to build character and how to get the reader to connect with each of the vieiwpoints of the main characters. His story and character building is bar none. As per his other novels there are varied characters from all sorts of backgrounds, good and bad, and their stories really draw you in. That being said, I did find this particular story to be a bit wordy in respect to his descriptions of the river. I found it a bit over done and it actually distracted me from the journey that Doss and Abby were taking. So even though it was a heartbreaking story I was disconnected more than his other books and finally found myself skimming the parts where I was getting bogged down in river descriptions and metaphors and analogies. But I loved how the story was resolved between a couple of the characters and thought that was worth any frustrations described above. This was also still worth the read for me simply for the fact that it took an issue I thought I had a pretty strong stance on and made me at least consider it from a different angle.
I gave it a 9/10.