I received a copy of this title, from the publishers, in return for an honest review...
Mia 'Rabbit' Hayes is on her way to a hospice. She has just days to live and has some memories to re-live, decisions to make and people to say goodbye to. A young single mother, she is not ready to let go and approaches each day with as much gusto as possible. Surrounded by her family and friends, she tries to shelter her daughter, Juliet, from the worst days of her life while also planning for the twelve year old's future. Through a series of memories the reader is brought back to the full life of Rabbit. From geeky pre-teen, to roadie with an up and coming band, Rabbit has lived a full life. In almost every phase of this life, there was Johnny. Her one true love. Will they get to meet again?
Losing someone you love is heartbreaking. Of that, there is no doubt. Watching their deterioration and feeling helpless, is the worst feeling in the world. However, they need the support of their family and friends, and this book shows how just being there can be the only thing they need. Rabbit is beyond medical help, and her family are slowly coming to terms with this. As they sit by her bedside, there is a mixture of tears and laughter, shock and acceptance and most of all, love. Each chapter is told from different angles. Rabbit's, her sister, Grace's, her brother, Davey's and her parents. The whole family are united in their grief but have a wonderful sense of humour which would make anyone's day more entertaining, especially in the presence of such pain.
This is not just a 'weepy' book. It is a story of faith, hope and acceptance. The core of Rabbit's life is her family, he daughter and her love of Johnny Faye. Music, laughter and humour, as well as some straight talking anecdotes from her Ma, are what she remebers most about her life. She wants the same for Juliet. The characters in this book are so perfectly formed, that I want them to adopt me! I have experienced losing family and can remember, all too well, the moments of shock, pain and grief being peppered with the completely 'inappropriate' fits of giggles and hidden snickers, as we spoke of memories we had or had random thoughts enter our minds. Humour is essential to balance pain, and this book had the perfect balance. The writing is honest, endearing and perfectly paced. I seriously cannot find flaw within these pages and can guarantee that the story will stay with you for a long time. Rabbit is brought to life, in her struggle with illness, and her determination. Her family are her soul, though, and this book is a wonderful way of acknowledging the importance of family and friends, whether you think you need them, or not. A powerful piece of fiction, which I hope gets the recognition that it deserves...
Thanks to Transworld Ireland, I have 3 copies of 'The Last Days of Rabbit Hayes' to giveaway. Just enter via the rafflecopter link below. Open INT.