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Pulling Home: That Second Chance, Book 1 Kindle Edition
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Jack Wheyton is one of the best pediatric neurosurgeons in the country. People fly from all over the world to see him. Nine years ago Jack and Audra had spent a short time together in bed. He has always regretted telling Audra that they were over. He has always regretted taking a ski trip to get his head together. And he has never forgiven Audra from running across country with his brother, Christian, before he returned from the trip to express his love for her. Jack is about to become engaged to Leslie Richot when Audra walks back into his life with her daughter.
Once Audra returns to San Diego from burying Christian, her eight year old daughter, Kara, is diagnosed with Chiari Malformation. (The skull is too small for the brain, so the cerebellum and brain stem are being pushed downward and compressed into the spinal canal.) Ironically, Jack is the top surgeon recommended. For Kara's sake, Audra turns to Jack to save her child. But to save Kara, Audra must find out the medical history of her own father. The only person her mother had confessed the man's name to was Pastor August Richot, Leslie's father. And if Pastor Richot breaks his vow to save Kara's life, it would harm many of the locals' lives.
**** FOUR STARS!Read more ›
The novel has its secrets. Secrets that slowly unravel for both the characters and the reader. "Sooner or later the truth comes out." The secrets were meant to protect. The truth may hurt but it needs to come out.
There is the topic of gossip within the story. "Dirt sells, whether it is true or not." Gossip is wrong. Gossip has the power to destroy lives. "Idle chit chat ruins lives." Mary Campisi shows how gossip needs to be stopped in its tracks.
The themes of identity and appearance are present in the novel. We all need to know who we are and where we come from. Sometimes our identity can mean the difference between life and death. Appearances may lie. We show one face to the world but underneath we are someone entirely different.
The novel deals with grief and loss. "Time passes and wounds heal... It doesn't mean a person ever forgets." Grief never leaves. One just has to get used to a new 'normal.'
Forgiveness is another theme. Sometimes it means forgiving others. Sometimes it means forgiving ourselves which is harder to do.
Families are complicated. Families have fall outs but are bound by love. Families are loyal, and love and protect their members.
Pulling Home was a compulsive read. I could not put it down. I became immersed in the action and the lives of the characters. The plotline was intricate and well thought out. The characters were likable and realistic. I really loved Pulling Home.Read more ›
At first reading this book I felt overwhelmed by just how much tragedy happens so fast. I would have put the book down only the author writes in such a way that is filled with mystery and suspense that I had to keep reading on to find out what happens. Sadly what followed was more drama and tragedy like what you would find in an American soap but is just too much in one book. There is an audience for this kind of writing but for me personally it's just not my sort of escapism that I enjoy, although other people may really enjoy this. On a positive the book did hold my attention until the end of the book and I saw potential that would have been a very good story if there were not so many characters easily killed off and tragedy surrounding most of the characters, which is what, spoilt the book for me.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Lovely story, the battles of family, health and friends, love wins in the end, highly recommend this as another excellent book by Mary CampsiPublished 8 months ago by samb
Really enjoyed reading this book with its twists and turns keeping you on your toes! One of those books you don't want to put down! Highly recommend.Published 10 months ago by C Gregory