Book Review Simon’s Choice


Title: Simon’s Choice

Author: Charlotte Castle

Genre: Drama

“But, Daddy? Who will live with me in Heaven?”

Doctor Simon Bailey has everything a man could ever want. Then his beautiful daughter is diagnosed with Leukemia.

He can almost accept her impending death. He can almost accept the fact that he will have to live without her. But he cannot stand the thought of his little girl having to face death alone.

He answers her innocent question in a moment of desperation, testing his marriage, his professional judgment and his sanity to the limit. As cracks form in Simon’s previously perfect family, we wonder, as do his loved ones … will he really make the ultimate sacrifice?

Combining poignant moments of both humour and pain, ‘Simon’s Choice’ is a penetrating account of parenthood at the sharp-end.

This book left me at the verge of crying. It has some bittersweet moments, some harsh, cruel moments, and it’s both sad, heartwarming and terrifying at the same time.

Simon’s little girl, Sarah, is dying from Leukemia. They thought the illness was in remission, but turns out that’s not the case. Sarah is most afraid of dying on her own, without anyone in heaven to take care of her. Simon promsises he’ll go with her to heaven. His wife takes that completely the wrong way, and she turns into one of the most despicable people ever, kicking Simon out of his own home, and refusing to allow him to see Sarah.

The ending was amazing, but this isn’t the kind of book that lets you go when you’re done reading. I thought about this, long after I’d finished the book. It was a great read, but not a light one.

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