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Wednesday, August 29, 2012

A Life Worth Living - Lorrie Kruse

Released July 2012

Lorrie Kruse
Storyteller Publishing

Book Review by Tracy Farnsworth

Lorrie Kruse pens an emotionally-charged romance that readers shouldn't overlook. A Life Worth Living captures the pain and turbulent struggle as one man comes face-to-face with a debilitating injury following a tragic accident. Matthew Huntz wakes up in the hospital where he learns he damaged his spine and is now paralyzed from the waist down.

Matthew's due to be married soon, and his injury has his fiancee flustered. He's pretty sure she wants out, but she seems too polite to say so, and that only adds insult to injury. It's going to take the determination of his physical therapist to show Matthew that life in a wheelchair doesn't mean life has to end. He's determined to prove to the world that his paralysis is only temporary.

A Life Worth Living reminds me of an incident that happened when I was a teen where a friend of my brother's dove into a pool and became permanently paralyzed. He had a lot of anger too. Matthew's struggles in the book reminded me of that real-life situation so many years ago.

I really liked the realism. Matt's often snarky with those around him. His comments and their responses seem accurate to what you'd expect, and then there are the adorable actions of his young, innocent niece to throw him off course from time to time. This book is a romance, but it's also an impressive piece of fiction as Matthew adapts to the changes thrown his way.

This book did surprise me. It's a book I would happily read over and over. It's an impressive debut.

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