This book highlights a very important issue - breast cancer and its effects on those who are diagnosed and those who love them. On those who survive and those who don't. The story takes place within the context of a church community. Although it is Christian fiction, most religious references are to prayers not specific Christian teachings. Thus, it can easily be read regardless of beliefs. Many other elements are added into the story, some of the unnecessarily so. I wish that the author had kept the focus on the central theme and developed that further with greater depth to the characters. I did love the ending message though - it is not our bodies that define who we are but something beyond that that is our "true essence."
(reviewed 6 days after purchase)