This book was sad, yet hopeful for me. It is the story of Hadley and Sam West, the tragic loss of their only son Paul, and of finding their way back to each other.
The story is portrayed through a series of letters that Sam starts to write to Hadley after he embarks on a journey to Alaska. He wants to visit the spot where their son lost his life. Hadley, on the other hand, rents a small, haunted cottage where she begins to heal a bit and starts her painting again. They have started divorce proceedings. At first the letters start of uneasy, not knowing; but as the novel progresses they become stronger in their remembrances of each other and their times together.
At times this is a hard story to read because Hadley and Sam are reliving the grief of losing their son. At the same time, with these letters they are rediscovering each other and the reasons that they were together in the first place. I really felt connected to Hadley, her pain, discoveries and emotions and eventually hopes.
At times I found myself with tears in my eyes. The love between Hadley and Sam is evident and hope shines in the novel with them weaving their way back to each other through these letters. There is so much they were able to talk about and work through in words that they were never able to do in person.
So, while this novel is sad in a way, it is also quite good. It shows us that the human spirit can eventually begin to heal from a tragic circumstance. It also shows us that love can seem to fade, yet only be in the background waiting to be rekindled. I enjoyed the story and it kept me reading to the end.