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by Sandra D. Bricker

Genre: Inspirational, Contemporary Romance

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Raw Edges is a story of hope and love. The little girl, Sadie, is a delight, and the love that develops between the main characters is heartwarming and inspiring. The journal Sadie’s mother left her adds poignancy to an already emotional, yet joyful, novel.

After losing his wife to ovarian cancer, Gray McDonough can’t think about it anymore. But when a year has passed, his 9-year-old daughter wants to become involved with Ovacome, a cancer support group. Gray cannot deny Sadie and there they meet Annabelle Curtis, a survivor. Soon Annabelle has both Sadie and Gray involved in her memory quilt project. As they all get to know one another, their friendship eases Gray and Sadie’s grief and opens them to love again. (ABINGDON, Sep., 256 pp., $12.99)

Reviewed By: Susan Mobley

Publisher: ABINGDON

Published: September 2013

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Heartwarming, heartfelt and so inspiring!

Submitted by anasazisunset on August 29, 2013 - 1:05pm.

Rarely does a book capture my attention before I've finished reading the prologue! Most often it takes at least the second chapter or more before I'm really hooked. My heart swelled with emotion for the characters and I felt like I had a personal involvement. And in a way I do...we all do, as each one of us knows or knows of someone that has fought or is fighting a battle with cancer. I was especially touched with the journal that Jenna left behind for her daughter Sadie.

Each night Grayson reads to their daughter an entry from the journal, each one ending with a special Bible scripture to go along with whatever wisdom she wanted to impart. I love how each chapter of this wonderfully written book is dedicated to one of the journal entries! One of my favorite journal entries to Sadie, Jenna writes "But after some time has passed, I don’t want you and Daddy doing the sad thing anymore. I want you to get out there in the world and meet new people, do new things, and make some new memories. It doesn’t mean I won’t be in your hearts anymore. It just means that you haven’t surrendered to the sadness."

If you're a quilter or just love quilts, you're going to love this book even more! If you've been wanting to learn, then don't be surprised if you "catch the fever!" Every handmade quilt always has a story to tell and in this book, the quilt celebrates the lives of those who have lost, are still fighting, or have won the battle against ovarian cancer and how a real life group called Ovacome, dedicated to saving lives by educating the community about these diseases and supporting those patients, survivors and spouses affected by gynecologic cancers put together a beautiful quilt to raise awareness.

And it is through the Ovacome memory quilt project, that nine-year-old Sadie and her dad Grayson meet Annabelle. Will this quilt project help heal Grayson's grief stricken heart so that he can find love again. Will precious Sadie's laughter and her fun and silly side emerge again? Can Annabelle learn to trust in love again?

I was lucky enough to receive an advanced copy of Sandra D. Bricker's Raw Edges. While I have enjoyed every book of Sandra's that I've read, Raw Edges has become my absolute favorite! Beware, tissue box may be needed as you smile through your tears. Heartwarming, heartfelt and so inspiring!