Luke is coming home from burying his wife, a woman he has loved since he was a teen, married 16 years, with 3 children they loved together. He is far too young to be a widower. It's a fate the family does not deserve. And yet... here they are. Without the foundation of their home and family. They are now left alone to forge a life together, and still alone.
But Luke begins to get letters from Natalie, AFTER the funeral. AFTER they say goodbye. She has been writing letters for him for a long time, it seems, as they continue to arrive. He follows the instructions she has left him, hiring a young student, 21 year old Jessie, to help care for the house and the kids. He believes he has made this decision under duress, but quickly finds out his wife knew exactly what he needs.
As Luke struggles to live without the love of his life, he begins to see many aspects of his life from Natalie's perspective, and realizes there were things right in front of him that he was seemingly blind to before she dies. He tries to "fix" those problems, but makes them worse. Natalie's best friend, Annie, begs him to stop obsessing over the letters that continue to come, but he cannot let go. His 14 year old son finds evidence in black and white that he may not be Luke's biological son. The entire house is in an uproar.... is this Natalie's fault? What HAS she been trying to tell Luke? Does she have a secret that could tear their family apart, more so than even her death has done? The story continues along the maze trails, leading us left than right, but to what end? The tale had me in tears, and again smiling as the pages turned.
This book is a great read. If you believe in love, it's the book for you.
I received a digital ARC of this book from NetGalley in exchange for my honest and unbiased review.
Take a chance. The book held me captive until the final words... yes. It's that good.