Tuesday, June 03, 2008

Kill Me If You Can

A quick update on my grandma's health: Saturday, the family was summoned to the hospital to say our goodbyes. She was running a fever and spent much of the time in a deep sleep. When she woke up, she recognized us (for the most part), but was confused as to time and place. At the end of the day, Molly visited her and brightened her up quite a bit, but we were still anticipating her slipping away. Jeff, my stepdad, her son, spent the night at the hospital with her Saturday night. When she woke up Sunday morning, she looked at him and said with disappointment "I'm not dead yet." She was almost completely herself again, and when I visited her yesterday, while she seemed a bit tired, she was completely Grandma again. Mom's moving her to the nursing home this afternoon, where we think she'll stay this time. Thank you for all of your prayers! While Grandma may not be happy to still be on this earth, we are certainly glad to have her still around!

Kill Me If You Can by Nicole Young is the second Patricia Amble mystery. Patricia (Tish to friends and family) has purchased a log cabin in Michigan's Upper Peninsula to renovate while she recuperates from the events of the previous book. The cabin was a summer retreat for her and her mother when she was a little girl, before the woman committed suicide not too far from the cabin. But when Tish arrives, she finds a torn picture of her mother on a pillow with the words "Don't ask why" written across it. She quickly discovers that both her mother and father (whom she's never met) still have family in the area who are quick to claim her as their own. She's caught in a web of spousal abuse, drugs, and secrets when all she wants to do is retreat to the cabin. Tish loses her privacy, but discovers happiness in the company of others and in serving them. Her fledgling faith is growing, but regularly tested. The violent ending feels like a punch in the gut, and the preview chapter of the next book: Kiss Me If You Dare only taunts. I'm counting the days until it's released and Tish's secret past is revealed!

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