Sunday, January 10, 2016

120 Days by M. Stratton

  I began reading 120 Days  late at night and had to force myself to put it down so I could get some sleep. I was up at dawn the next day and immediately started reading. I had to get to the end. Half an hour after finishing it, I was still crying. Ugly cry is not an understatement for this one. Many books have touched me. Several have made me sad. A few have made me cry. I have even experienced a couple of ugly cries but this one packed a special punch because there are many stories in this book and each one is special. Each person at Last Resort could easily be someone I have known.

     The book begins with Ethan, a very wealthy and powerful but unhappy man. His brother, Evan, comes to tell him he is dying and rather than spending time together, he wishes to say good-bye. He doesn’t want Ethan to take care of him in his final days or witness his death. Can you imagine? I can’t. Samantha runs Last Resort. Consider it a combination of hospice care and Make a Wish foundation. People go there to embrace life while they still can and to die with dignity, on their own terms. Ethan seeks out Last Resort to find out if it is everything his brother claimed or if something sinister is taking place. He is convinced that the place his brother described is too good to be true and insists on uncovering whatever scam the owner must be running. He gets his answers and so much more.
     The chemistry between Ethan and Sam was hard to feel at first but be patient. When it hit me, it hit hard and it never eased. I suspect that this story is one that will be stuck in my head for a long time to come. This book is “book hangover” epic, despite its simplicity. It is a story of life and love taking place, beautifully, in the midst of terminal illness. There were a couple of parts that stretched my ability to suspend disbelief. Certain events take place that are so unlikely, it distracted me from the main story line. However, that element of fantasy is absolutely necessary to make Last Resort what it supposed to be. 

     There is so much more I want to write about this book but I don’t want to give anything away. I don’t want to discourage anyone from reading it and I certainly don’t want to ruin or mar the impact of reading it for the first time. I would like to say that if you do read it and feel the way I felt when I read it, don’t stop at the end of the story. Read the next part. It is worth the extra few minutes of your time.

     If you are looking for something erotic, naughty, or a little dirty. Pass on this one. That is not what this is about and adding that element would have distracted from the overall story. If you want a story that has a deeper meaning than most romance novels or love stories, something epic – this should do it for you.

Overall rating – 4 stars
Steam - mild

What was your last "ugly cry" book?


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