Sexy, smart-mouthed Melody Sawyer is an underachiever, a home health care nurse with good intentions and a chip on her shoulder. Her troubled daughter Renee recently dropped dead at 24, but Renee's ghost keeps popping in on the family. And Melody has no clue about her married daughter, Kayla-who since age 16 has been deep in a clandestine affair with pro baseball player Baron Lee Presley. Join the Sawyer women on their offbeat, darkly funny, and sometimes tragic journey as they try to conquer the hardest thing in this world
I really wasnt sure what to expect from this book, where it was going to go and wether i would even like it. The hardest thing in this world follows the sawyer women as they just try and make it through life, because it can be pretty crappy. We meet them at various times of live, in various situations and the chapters focus on the different women. Melody, (the mum) is a real mix, shes strong in parts, she independant and sometimes can appear cold hearted but i beileve its just how people handle the hand they are given. I most certainly warmed to her as i got to know her more.
Renee dropped dead at 24, and keeps appearing to her family and thats okay, we learn about the troubles she battled, her life and how she coped. We follow her life as she tries to battle it, because it can just be hard. Lastly we meet Kayla, who as a teenager embarks on an affair with a baseball player, and her belief that someone cant be too happy.
This really was a good read, it was literally about making it through life as a family and that is something that isnt that simple. It was sad in parts, it made me smile and it had a major case of true love, Nicoles writing drew me in, and to start with i wasnt too keen on the ghost element, but as i got further along i realised it really was key to the narrative itself.
There isnt too much to say about the story line because its both complicated but simple its life, and well that to me meant something
"Out of all the men in the world, that he's your destiny. That no matter what life throws your way, you'll get through it together, and you'll always be able to look back and say "hes the one id marry all over again"
Nicole Eva Fraser received her MFA in creative writing from the NEOMFA consortium in northeast Ohio, and graduated summa cum laude from Baldwin-Wallace College with a double major in English and communications. She is an adult-literacy activist in Cleveland, Tanzania, and Malawi. She runs 10Ks (slowly), used to speak French, and often can be found putting her foot in her mouth.