Book Review

‘Please Release Me’ by Rhoda Baxter

prm rbSTORY: What if you could only watch as your bright future slipped away from you?
Sally Cummings has had it tougher than most but, if nothing else, it’s taught her to grab opportunity with both hands. And, when she stands looking into the eyes of her new husband Peter on her perfect wedding day, it seems her life is finally on the up.

That is until the car crash that puts her in a coma and throws her entire future into question.

In the following months, a small part of Sally’s consciousness begins to return, allowing her to listen in on the world around her – although she has no way to communicate.

But Sally was never going to let a little thing like a coma get in the way of her happily ever after …

REVIEW: Sally and Peter have just been married in a lovely wedding and are driving away to start their honeymoon when they are in a terrible accident.  Although Peter has some injuries, Sally sustains severe head injuries and even after numerous surgeries, she is left in a coma.  Sally is now in a hospice and Peter visits her faithfully every day. Since there is no response from her, Peter talks to her and reads to her.  Peter’s life is very difficult as he struggles to keep up with his job and be with Sally.  Peter’s mother has been a great help in that she comes by his house leaving him home-cooked food that he doesn’t always eat.  His father tells him that he may need some anti-depressant medication but Peter does not want to rely on pills.

At the hospice one day, Peter meets Grace in the elevator and they chat for a moment.  Grace visits a lady in hospice whom she met when her mother was there before passing away.  When Grace mentions to Peter that a group of volunteers who will be renovating a room in the hospice and asks him to join them, he agrees.  This proves to be good for Peter as he meets other people and doing something constructive helps to perk him up mentally and physically.

Grace and Peter become friends and chat often which helps Peter a lot.  Grace feels so bad for him and wishes Sally would come out of her coma.  One day, while Grace is in Sally’s room, a lightning storm knocks out power that briefly stops Sally’s monitors until it can be reset by the medical staff.  During that flash, Grace sees Sally in a ghost form. It turns out she, and only she, can see, and talk to Sally. Grace keeps this a secret as well as she can, but Sally shows up just anywhere and soon becomes demanding and downright ornery.  This is the real Sally that Peter did not see before marrying her.

When Sally is around other people, all they feel is intense cold.  Will Grace finally tell Peter that she can see Sally including the vile things she has said?  How long can this situation continue?

This was a very different plot.  When Sally first appeared to Grace, I wasn’t sure what to expect with the rest of the book, but the author was quite creative in how she handled it all.  I enjoyed the story very much and I believe others will as well.

I was also quite touched that the author has agreed to donate 50 percent of the royalties she receives from the sales of the book to Martin House Children’s Hospice in the UK.  She wanted to write a book that shows the positive side of hospices.

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Complimentary copy provided by the publisher

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