Mara has a successful career as a lawyer and a loving family. She also has a devastating diagnosis and five days to say goodbye. Interwoven with Mara's story is Scott's, who she connects with online, and who also has five days before he must say goodbye to a boy he has been fostering. The brief timeline lends an urgency to the decisions and relationships in this story, both of which are sensitively handled and inevitably prompt readers to wonder what their own choices would be.
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Mara Nichols is a successful lawyer, devoted wife, and adoptive mother who has received a life-shattering diagnosis. Scott Coffman, a middle school teacher, has been fostering an eight-year-old boy while the boy’s mother serves a jail sentence. Scott and Mara both have five days left until they must say good-bye to the ones they love the most.
Through their stories, Julie Lawson Timmer explores the individual limits of human endurance and the power of relationships, and shows that sometimes loving someone means holding on, and sometimes it means letting go.