Saturday, August 29, 2015

RDB/Review - 120 Days - M. Stratton - Rebecca

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Synopsis
120 days... The average number of days someone stays at Last Resort.
17 weeks. Surrounded by love, laughter and support.
4 months more time than they had before they walked through the door.
Real estate developer Ethan McGregor’s life was changed forever when his younger brother told him he was dying of cancer. Ethan was ready to do whatever it took to save Evan, but Evan had other plans.
Say goodbye…
Samantha Truman runs the privately-funded Last Resort. Watching her parent’s drive and determination to live longer than the doctors gave them was the inspiration for the resort. It is her heart and soul--she lives to make sure that each day is precious, and one more sunrise or sunset can make all the difference the guests at Last Resort need.
After finding his brother’s journal, and discovering more about Last Resort, Ethan is determined to find out if this place is one of those “too good to be true” places that turn out to be a scam. But he was not ready for Samantha Truman, he was not ready for everything to change, for his point of view in life to be so incredibly altered, for the world to turn its axis. There are, after all, some things Ethan can’t control, who to fall in love with is one of them.
How much can change in 120 days?
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120 days is one of the few books I can say truly brought me to an excessive amount of tears throughout.  I can't stop saying how this book is really something special.  There are so many levels of emotions that get pulled throughout reading this book, and yet through all the tears I still felt so hopeful. There is still love, beauty, and truly LIVING even in the face of death.  

We know early on that there are terminal patients staying at this beautiful resort, so of course you're expecting the finality of everything, but the build up and the stories of really living just shines through and brings SO much joy and happiness in those final days. M. Stratton did an amazing job at being able to take something that affects so many of us, either directly or through a loved one, and show us how there can be hope and beauty even in the time of decline and with the end in the near future. Never give up hope, never give up, find the beauty in living... 

"The passion we bring to our lives is what we make of it."

I also truly love that the true stories of real people affected were weaved into it. I feel such a personal connection to this book and I really wish there was a resort like this! Even through all the loss and tears and pain of it, you're left hopeful.  You're left knowing that living goes on... even if it's in those left behind. You're left... somehow still cleansed and with a smile... this is one you just don't want to miss out on! 

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Each and every one of the songs on this playlist mean a lot to this book, but these four songs I would listen to more than others while writing. Sometimes on a loop for hours at a time depending on what I was writing. The House That Built Me by Miranda Lambert
Heron Blue by Sun Kil Moon
Bloodstream by Stateless
Long & Lost by Florence + the Machine
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Buy Links

AMAZON * AMAZON UK 

About the author 

M. Stratton is an International Amazon bestselling author in the romantic suspense and mystery suspense categories for her Storm Series and Bender. She lives with her husband and son in Arizona, which is a big difference from where she grew up north of Chicago Illinois. As an only child she learned to tell herself stories to make the long winters go by quicker while dreaming of summer vacations. Now as an adult she still makes up stories to pass the time, but now she writes them down to share with other people.

Stratton is a self-proclaimed dork who loves to make people laugh. Her inner rock star is always on stage performing to a sold out crowd, but she quiet and shy on the outside. She spends her days plotting new ways to surprise her readers.
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