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Lives of Value by Sharleen Cooper Cohen

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Suzanne Winston is on top of the world when her latest novel makes the New York Times best-sellerlist. To her younger sister, Steffani Blacker, Suzanne has it all—or nearly. A successful writer of popular fiction, mother of three, and a beautiful, vivacious woman recently free of an unhappy marriage, Suzanne seems to be someone to envy and to admire. Steffani is also brilliant and beautiful but is desperately ill with Gaucher’s disease, the painful hereditary illness that has plagued her since childhood. Unable to bear children, too easily led into wild, intense intimacy with the wrong men, Steffani is determined to live every moment before her time runs out. And so Steffani, terribly brave yet terrified of dying, is tempted to settle old scores and get even with “perfect” Suzanne in all the ways a sister can wound a Sister: with a word, a phone call, or a careless betrayal of secrets.

But what Steffani doesn’t see is the deep insecurity and dark feelings that shadow Suzanne’s carefully controlled world of family home, and career. Suzanne’s ex-husband, Alex, the handsome, successful attorney she adored since she was a teenager, has left her scarred and mistrustful of men. Then a disturbing anonymous letter threatens to destroy her reputation and leave her financially ruined. Suddenly her comfortable Los Angeles life-style, her family and friends, and her fabulous success are slipping away into a nightmare existence that will shake her loyalties and values, and even endanger her life. In this crisis, Suzanne must learn whom she can trust–the new man who holds out an irresistible promise of passion, the sister she both loves and resents, the parents who are wrapped up in their own pain.

A saga that evokes contemporary life with a piercing reality explores the complex, wondrous, and difficult relationship between sisters, and spins out an edge-of-the-seat tale of a woman persecuted by an unseen enemy, LIVES OF VALUE is exquisite in its rendering offeelings every woman will recognize, and satisfying in its celebration of caring, forgiveness, and love.

 – Sharleen Cooper Cohen, Author

 

Yesterday I bought this book, Lives of Value by Sharleen Cooper Cohen. It is rated 4 stars in Goodreads so I guess this is a good book. 🙂

I started reading this book last night and this is the first quote I’ve marked.

“If there’s one thing I’ve learned, it’s this: We all want everything to be okay. We don’t even wish so much for fantastic or marvelous or outstanding. We will happily settle for okay, because most of the time, okay is enough.”
― David Levithan, Every Day

The Best of Me …

The Best of Me Quotable Quote

“Amanda: This weekend was wonderful, but it isn’t real life. It was more like a honeymoon, and after a while the excitement will wear off. We can tell ourselves it won’t happen, we can make all the promises we want, but it’s inevitable, and after that you’ll never look at me the way you do now. I won’t be the woman you dream about, or the girl you used to love. And you won’t be my long-lost love, my one true thing anymore, either. You’ll be someone my kids despise because you ruined the family, and you’ll see me for who I really am. In a few years, I’ll simply be a woman pushing fifty with three kids who might or might not hate her, and who might end up hating herself because of all this. And in the end, you’ll end up hating her, too.
Dawson: That’s not true.
Amanda: But it is. Honeymoons always come to an end.
Dawson: Being together isn’t about a honeymoon. It’s about the real you and me. I want to wake up with you beside me in the mornings, I want to spend my evenings looking at you across the dinner table. I want to share every mundane detail of my day with you and hear every detail of yours. I want to laugh with you and fall asleep with you in my arms. Because you aren’t just someone I loved back then. You were my best friend, my best self, and I can’t imagine giving that up again. You might not understand, but I gave you the best of me, and after you left, nothing was ever the same. I know you’re afraid, and I’m afraid, too. But if we let this go, if we pretend none of this ever happened, then I’m not sure we’ll ever get another chance. We’re still young. We still have time to make this right.
Amanda: We’re not that young anymore-
Dawson: But we are. We still have the rest of our lives.
Amanda: I know. That’s why I need you to do something for me.
Dawson: Anything.
Amanda: Please…don’t ask me to go with you, because if you do, I’ll go. Please don’t ask me to tell Frank about us, because I’ll do that, too. Please don’t ask me to give up my responsibilities or break up my family. I love you, and if you love me, too, then you just can’t ask me to do these things. Because I don’t trust myself enough to say no.”

At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks

At First Sight by Nicholas Sparks

I also requested my best friend to buy me that book as his gift for my 19th birthday. He never failed to amuse me because he wrapped it nicely.

You’ll be intrigued in this book because of the title. Truly, there is love at first sight. This love will help us on how we meet and handle with joy and tragedy. Just like the song goes, “What doesn’t kill you makes you stronger.”