One Summer Night by Emily Bold
Published: 25th February 2016
Publisher: Bonnier Publishing
Available on Kindle
Living with her husband Tim and their two children in her polished little house in Vermont, Lauren's life seems perfect. But then tragedy strikes and she's diagnosed with a brain tumour. Lauren wants to fight: to survive, to not give up. But the illness is stronger than she is, and her condition worsens. Lauren feels powerless and struggles with her impending fate. But what if she could decide for herself? Decide when to die? Could that be an option? Piece by piece, Lauren realises that life is what you make of it - and so is death…
In One Summer Night by Emily Bold we meet Lauren and Tim. After an uncertain start to their relationship Lauren and Tim become inseparable and are living out their dream life in Vermont. Where everything is perfect until the unthinkable happens and Lauren is diagnosed with a terminal illness which gives her just months to live. Faced with little time left Lauren decides to take control of her life and her death.
One Summer Night is told from Lauren’s point of view, as she reminisces with friends and family over her relationship with Tim and their life together. I found this to be a very effective way of telling the story as I really understood how Lauren was feeling as she started to feel ill and how she felt about the diagnosis and its eventual outcome. I found it a deeply moving story which at times had me in tears, especially when Lauren questions why this all had to happen to her.
I found the reactions to the diagnosis from other characters to be a realistic portrayal of human emotions. Tim with his inability to believe the inevitable wanting desperately to find a cure for his beloved wife, to the anger in thirteen year old Mia and the confusion in little five year old Alyssa. Emily Bold has captured these emotions very effectively which made for an emotional and heart-breaking read.
One Summer Night is not a book which will leave you glowing with happiness but it is a book which will affect you emotionally. It is a book which has left me questioning what is really important in life and to really make the time to do those things which we keep putting off, after all you just never know how much time you have left.
I'd like to rate this book 4 out of 5 and also to thank the publishers and Netgalley for the review in exchange for an honest review.