Wish Me Tomorrow by Karen Rock

Reviewed by Nancy Crocker

This was my first read by this author. And I have to say right off this is and was a very emotional read for me. The book deals with cancer, and the battle that many people struggle with. Not only how cancer effects the patient but family members as well. I think the really hard part for me was I so related to the heroine in this book. I also lost a brother to Leukemia and his name was also Bill. Yes it brought back many memories. But some were so very fond. And I found myself not wanting to put this book down even for a break. I can’t wait to read more from this author!

Christie Bates heads a support group at the local YMCA for patients suffering from cancer. Christie is also an RN and along with her dog Sweet Pea, they visit with cancer patients. She knows all too well the ups and downs of this illness after losing her own brother to Leukemia. Christie is the type of person anyone would love to have as a friend, she is also feisty and has no problem speaking her mind. Christie tries to always bring joy and hope to the patients she visits and councils, but behind the joy lays deep rooted pain. I also loved the special relationship she has with her Grandmother Rosaline “Rose”.

I loved the character of Eli Roberts. Yes he has lost hope along the way and in my opinion for good reason. When he was diagnosed with Osteosarcoma three years ago, his wife did a runner and left him not only to fight the battle of his life, but also to raise their two children. While the marriage might have been a mistake, he never regretted having his children. He just does not know how to relate to them and openly discuss his illness. What made me love this character so is he gave up his own dreams to start a graphic design business while battling cancer, so that his children would be taken care of in the event of his death.

I found myself vested in this story. And I was hoping everything would work out. Not only was I hoping for my HEA with Christie and Eli, but also with the relationship between Eli and his hormonal teenage daughter Becca. The author had a way of making this reader feel like she personally knew the characters of the book. And I was on the sidelines rooting all the way. I highly recommend this book to all romance readers and for those suffering from any illness.

I must say that while this was an emotional read for me. I could see the words of hope so wonderfully written in this book. I have come away with the message not to take any days for granted. To “Wish for Tomorrow” and be very Thankful for Today.

One of my favorite lines:

“Jaaaapers. Would you look at this,” Gran whispered, elbowing her as she craned her neck, taking in the expansive space. “You’ve caught yourself a fine feller.”

5/5 stars

I received an ARC of this book from the Author in exchange for an honest review.