Linda’s Book Obsession Reviews “Nowhere Near Goodbye” by Barbara Conrey, Red Adept Publishing, August 2020 for Suzy Approved Book Tours
Barbara Conrey, the author of “Nowhere Near Goodbye” has written a compelling, intriguing, intense, emotional, and memorable novel. The genres for this novel are domestic fiction, women’s fiction, and contemporary fiction. The story takes place in both the present and twenty-five years ago, when the protagonist, Emma Blake’s child-hood friend Kate died from brain cancer. The author describes her dramatic cast of characters as complicated and complex. There are secrets, betrayals, and promises. This is a book of second chances, forgiveness, love, and hope. The author also describes the difficulty in the roles of being both a mother and working hard as an oncologist.
Emma has made a promise to both herself and Kate’s father Ned to find a cure for brain cancer. Emma is conflicted when she finds out she is pregnant with her first child. She wants a baby and she wants to find the cure for brain cancer. Tim is extremely supportive of Emma and the baby. Unfortunately, Emma can’t find the proper balance between being a mother and an oncologist at the same time. Often Emma doesn’t get to see her baby the whole day when she is doing her research.
Emma does realize that she has to acknowledge her fears and past promises, but doesn’t realize how. I would highly recommend this amazing and unique book for all women (and men) that like to have a career and a family. This is a thought-provoking and emotional read that will stay with you.