Thursday, June 6, 2013

Today Only Blog Tour & Giveaway

In life, there are times you are granted a miracle. It may not be the one you wanted exactly, but it will be the one you need. It will prepare you for the next step in your journey and help you learn to accept the life you are given, even if that life can be heartbreaking.

Jett's POV

My dad and I must have talked for an hour. I tell him about work, about Em’s graduation party and about my intention to ask Rye to marry me. He doesn’t say much about the last part, at least, not until I’m getting ready to leave. That’s when the conversation takes the turn I expected earlier.

"One minute, son," he says slowly, thoughtfully.

"Yes, sir."

"Jett, I want to give you a little more advice."

"Alright, sir," was all I could say, worried about what he had to say.

"Jett, you understand you are walking into a life of heartbreak, right?" he asks gravely.

"Yes, sir," I repeated.

"I want you to remember that heartbreak that you are walking into already has people in place. Remember not to remove anyone from their positions, son."

"What do you mean, sir?" I ask, puzzled.

"What I mean is, remember that everyone has a method to help themselves cope through this tragic circumstance. Whether it’s Dee, reading every night to Rye, or Em, posting notes. Everyone has a coping mechanism to help them survive, until the end. You need to respect that."

"Sir, with the utmost respect, I haven’t given up hope."

"Son, there is always an end."

I get up to leave. My soul hurts, and the pain is physical. My legs shake, and I feel that panicky anger I did the other night. I walk down the porch then stop, turning to see my dad.

"Sir, how did you make it through this with Mom?" I ask him in a hushed voice.

"I did what you have chosen to do, live in the here and now," he replies. "I love you, son. I don’t want to see you hurt the way I did."

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My Review:

This has got to be one of the best books I've read this year! It's definitely on my Top 5 "You'll need Kleenex for this one" books.
It is such a touching read. From the innocence of Rye's 10 year old daughter Emily to Jett's big beautiful heart, Today Only is heart-warming and it changed my way of thinking about life. 
I am not a huge fan of death. I'm afraid of dying. There, I said it and I know I'm not alone. But knowing that your days are numbered no matter what you do or how healthy you are should make you realize how precious life is. Reading Today Only opened my eyes on alot of things. Creating happy lasting memories with my kids and never regretting decisions is what matters most. 

There was a part in the book that reminded me of my Gram who passed away a few years ago. She never said goodbye but "Till nex time." She felt that saying goodbye was too strong so she always said "I love you and til next time. Today Only reminded me of her and brought back many happy memories of her.
Thank you Derinda for writing such an amazing read and sharing it with the world.

About Derinda:

I live in Maine. My biggest passion is for my family and friends. I adore loving others as if it is the biggest gift life can offer. I'm a read-a-holic, loves chocolate, cowboys and everyone on Young Adult & Teen Readers Facebook page. My dream is to travel to Australia one day and see a kangaroo. I am nothing but simple. I do a lot of volunteer work. I have 2 beautiful daughters. 4 grandchildren, that constantly ask me if I lived in the black & white days.

My inspiration would be my daughters. Rita for her strength to keep fighting and constantly trying to take care of me, even though sometimes she can’t get out of bed & Kayla, for helping to pick up all the pieces that seem to fall when times get rough, and the love they have for me.

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