Though ripe with tragic circumstances, the plot's resolution will lift the reader's spirits to a new level, where death, though very sad and often untimely, is an inevitable part of life. NOTE: This is the sequel to Donna VanLiere's The Christmas Shoes.

Nathan, the young boy who bought shoes for his dying mom on Christmas Eve, is now a medical student who is unsure of completing his education.

When Nathan meets Meghan, a college runner with a heart defect who suddenly becomes ill with liver disease, he rethinks his decision to quit medical school.

(Nov., 224 pp., $14.95)

Reviewed by: 
Sheri Melnick