Natascha McElhone, star of The Truman Show and Californication, was filming in LA, seven months pregnant with her third child with her other two young children playing in the gym across the road when she got a call from a friend that would change her life forever. Her husband, Martin, the love of her life and father to her delightful children and an apparently healthy man in his early 40s had died suddenly of a heart attack.
In the weeks and months that followed the devastating shock Natascha continued to write her diary and letters to Martin (something she had always done as, due to her work, she was used to being far from home). They were letters of love, letters about their gorgeous boys, letters about the birth of the new baby and diary entries detailing the mundane and heartbreaking details of her new life: house repairs and terrifying family finances; trying to keep the children's lives as normal as possible in the face of such abnormal new circumstances.
The result is a powerful, honest and moving story of a magical love affair and all-consuming grief, of being a mother alone and trying to live for the future.
Honest, touching and uplifting
I read this book in one sitting on a wet windy miserable Sunday morning. Despite the fact that it is about one woman's attempt to come to terms with the sadness and anger associated with losing a loved one, I found it uplifting and life affirming. I applaud her refreshing honesty and a lot of the writing echoed my feelings and thoughts with regards my own experiences of loss. I ended the book with a tear but also a smile thinking of those I love and a confirmation that life is short and should filled with love and living. I'd recommend this book to others.