When an ordinary park bench becomes a lifeline …
As a primary school teacher, Ava Lam is familiar with the ‘buddy bench’: a rainbow painted bench where sad or lonely children can sit to show they need a friend.
But are buddy benches just for kids? Ava might have assumed so – until she finds herself sobbing her heart out on a park bench and a kind stranger sits down next to her.
The stranger, Dr Sam Stone, has a house, an impressive job and he’s even training for a marathon – all things that have become painfully out of reach for Ava in her new and scary circumstances. But whilst Sam appears to have everything figured out, it seems he needs a sympathetic ear just as much as she does.
Is the encounter a one-off, or could the ‘buddy bench’ begin to represent a source of comfort and support that will become precious to them both?
Have a box of tissues handy
When Ava Lam is suddenly struck down with an unknown illness, she's unable to continue her much loved job as a primary school teacher. With little or no medical help offered, her symptoms become worse and unmanageable. Feeling at her lowest point, she's sitting on a park bench when a stranger hears her crying and sits close by. The stranger that stopped is widower Dr Sam Stone, they both need someone to talk to and the bench becomes their meeting place.
Both a demanding and a rewarding read, this is an incredibly emotional book which will enlighten the reader to a frequently misunderstood and debilitating illness.
Not to be missed, far better than I expected.