When Elle Beaulieu falls into a vegetative state after a tragic accident, her husband, Matt, is prepared to follow her explicit wishes and pull the plug … until he finds out Elle is two months pregnant. Because she’d risked her life for her miscarried babies in years past, Matt is certain his wife would want to stay on life support until the child’s birth. Matt’s mother, Linney, on the other hand, feels Matt is blinded by the thought of having a baby and can’t see that Elle would never have wanted to stay on life support. Neither Matt nor Linney is prepared to give in, and their fight turns into one of the most controversial trials the world has seen.
Sibley’s debut novel is haunting and breathtaking. The novel, while centered around the trial, flashes back to Matt and Elle’s 30-year love saga, resulting in a touching story that could be the love-child of Jodi Picoult and Nicholas Sparks. Controversial issues inevitably arise in the novel, but Sibley has no political agenda; rather, she weaves a story grounded on the lives and emotions of the characters, which makes the novel heartbreakingly beautiful. It may be 432 pages, but the story goes by so quickly you’ll be left wanting more.
Rated: High. There are more than a dozen uses of strong language, as well as fairly frequent, though not really graphic, sexual references.