One minute, Tegan Lawson has everything she could hope for: an adoring husband, Gabe, and a baby on the way. The next, a patch of black ice causes a devastating accident that will change her life in ways she never could have imagined.
Tegan is consumed by grief, not to mention her anger toward Gabe, who was driving on the night of the crash. But just when she thinks she’s hit rock bottom, Gabe reminds her of their Jar of Spontaneity, a collection of their dream destinations and experiences, and so begins an adventure of a lifetime.
From the bustling markets of Thailand to the flavors of Italy to the ocean waves in Hawaii, Tegan and Gabe embark on a journey to escape the tragedy and search for forgiveness. But they soon learn that grief follows you no matter how far away you run, and that acceptance comes when you least expect it.
Heartbreaking, hopeful and utterly transporting, Come Away with Me is an unforgettable debut and a luminous celebration of the strength of the human spirit.
Review: Wow! Where do you begin with such an emotionally charged story? I felt that even though this is a story that you want to sit and read all at once, it was so draining that I had to walk away at times because I couldn’t see through the tears and I needed a chance to recharge.
I have never suffered the loss of a child as Teagan has but other things have happened that have given me that connection or bond with Teagan. I was able to feel the pull of every emotion she experienced. At times they ripped right through me. I was able to imagine how easy it was to blame Gabe and have it be so consuming that you feel the hatred. How easy it is to let that consummation tear down and eat at you making you lose sense of the love that bought you together in the first place.
Ms. Brown wrote in such vivid details the places they visited I was able to see, smell, hear, taste and feel everything that Teagan and Gabe did. From the painting of the Elephants, which was beautiful to me, to the experience of eating crickets in Thailand. I wouldn’t mind the painting, but crickets no way this vegan is trying that. As they journeyed to Italy I could taste the rich flavor of the wine as I looked at the hues through my glass; the decadent blend of spices as they hit my tongue as the pasta came alive in my mouth. I felt the warmth of the ocean and sand as the surf spray cooled my heated body while the song of the ocean sang me its lullaby. The people they met, the sounds, the colors and textures. I was invested in their lives. I soon won’t forget Teagan and Gabe.
I can’t say enough about this wonderfully written story laced with emotions that makes you rethink life. Before you settle in you may want to find a place that is quite to settle in for an emotional journey. P.S. don’t forget the tissues.