Stanton never expected to be such a young widow. She was only
thirty-six years old when her husband, Ethan, passed away from
cancer. After all, as Sophie states, "widows are supposed to
wear horn-rimmed glasses and cardigan sweaters that smell like
mothballs". She had only been married three years.
Sophie has a difficult time dealing with her loss and turns to items
like Oreos and ice cream to comfort her. She falls apart if a
telemarketer calls to ask for Ethan or when she receives mail with
his name on it.
Her psychiatrist suggested she attend
a form of group therapy to help with her healing. She was
thoroughly disgusted with her mother-in-law who wanted to come over
and help her clean out Ethan's clothes so they could be given to
Matters get worse and Sophie ended up losing
her job due to the fact that she came to a business meeting in her
bathrobe and slippers. She moved to Oregon to be near her best
friend and to try and start over. She did get a job as a
waitress but realized she didn't have the skills needed for this
type of work.
Sophie decided that it would be a good
idea for her sign up as a volunteer with the Big Brothers and
Sisters Program. She ended up with Crystal, a teenager who had
What happens to Sophie? Does
she begin to heal? Does she find a new romance?
Grief is one of those books that once you start reading you think to
yourself "Gosh! I'm so glad I had the opportunity to read this
book". It will have you engrossed from the beginning.
The author, Lolly Winston, has done an excellent job of looking at
the grieving process which is something that everyone sooner or
later goes through. This is a heartwarming, compassionate book
and at the same time it has some very funny moments.
This is one you don't want to pass on - add it to your reading
REVIEWED BY NANCY EATON
DO NOT REPRINT WITHOUT
PERMISSION OF THE AUTHOR, NANCY