Published: 10th September 2015
Publisher: Head of Zeus
Pages: 285 Pages
Grace and Tom Penderford had a strong marriage, a comfortable home in the Hertfordshire countryside, and a healthy baby girl. They were happy. They were normal.
But soon after Chloe turns three, tragedy strikes. A disease called Sepsis claims the life of their daughter, devastating their little family. The Penderfords had never heard of Sepsis – a cruel, indiscriminate disease that claims a life somewhere in the world every three and a half seconds. Now, with their world crumbling, they must mend each others broken hearts… and try to save their marriage if they can.
Thank you to Midas PR and Head of Zeus for sending me a copy to read and review.
Grace and Tom experience sadness like they’ve never felt before and they try to come to terms with the death of their daughter Chloe. Chole is admitted to hospital for a routine tonsil removal operation, but sadly contracts Sepsis, a horrible disease that many know nothing about – me included – and sadly dies. Grace and Tom are simply heartbroken and Three-and-a-half heartbeats is there story of grief.
In the UK sepsis kills more people than road accidents, and breast, bowel and prostrate cancer combined.
I can’t ever begin to imagine what it’s like to feel the lose of a child, it must be so harrowing. I don’t have children, yet I cried my eyes out and felt all the words which were laced with emotion. Amanda is simply a genius – she has a fantastic way with words and knows how to fill stories with emotion in all the right places. From the way it’s written and the stories told makes you feel like it’s part of your own family and you, like Tom and Grace, are experiencing everything they are.
One character who makes a very brief apperance tells Grace how the funeral of Chloe affected him quite deeply. He tells how seeing the coffin go past made him realise that each day should be lived like it’s the last and nothing should be taken from granted. I defintiely need to live by these words because I’m often worrying about something irrelevant and I need to stop.
All the proceeds of the exclusive ebook will go to The UK Sepsis Trust, so grab yourself a copy today!