This story is based on true life. The author, Bette Lee Crosby, interviewed the Grandparents extensively. It’s an amazing story of courage, love and forgiveness. It might not be an inspirational genre but it was for me as in the end I found myself thinking, “God is Good.”
It’s a story that was thought provoking. For one thing I’m afraid I wouldn’t or couldn’t be so forgiving. And, yet you could see how the mother and grandparents always put the children first. It was unselfishly never about them.
I hate to risk putting in spoilers but nothing I can say takes away from the impact of the story. When the daughter, Elizabeth is pregnant with her third child she is diagnosed with a terminal cancer. Instead of supporting and caring for her, her husband uses the children to extract financial funds from her father. The grandfather, after financing the failing business for over $100,000 says enough. The husband retaliates and Elizabeth is forced to move in with her parents when her husband refuses to let her come back home. Then he stops bringing the kids to see their mother and grandparents.
Elizabeth is fully aware that her condition is terminal and wants more than anything to instill in her children that they are loved. She wants to leave them with memories that will insure they never feel abandoned. The bravery of Elizabeth is amazing. As she fights to stay alive and see her children, her parents are right there with her. Finally with no other recourse they take the fight to court where Elizabeth’s husband is ordered to comply to visitation.
You see the best and worse of humanity in this story. Sometimes it’s so horrible on the ugliness of the husband that it’s hard to believe it isn’t fiction. Can people really be so cruel? The husband with a failed business and unpaid bills disappears with the children and for years the grandparents don’t know where they are. Not only have they lost their beloved daughter, her children are lost to them too.
This story ends well. It brings tears, but also faith in humanity.
This is the first time I have read a story from this author and I might have missed it if not for Bookbub. I joined a few months back and would highly recommend it. I get a list of books everyday. Some are free and others at discounted prices. There is nothing I’d rather shop for than books so I start my day with a cup of coffee and Bookbub selections for the day. It doesn’t get much better than that.