"Fans of Elizabeth Gilbert's Eat Pray Love will flock to this novel…." —Lori Nelson Spielman, author of The Life List
An unexpected journey leads one woman to find hope and healing in the most unlikely places…
Tegan Lawson has everything she could hope for: an adoring husband, Gabe, and a baby on the way. But suddenly, her life is irreversibly changed when a patch of black ice causes a devastating accident.
Just when Tegan is on the verge of hitting rock bottom, Gabe reminds her of their Jar of Spontaneity, a collection of their dream destinations and experiences. And so begins an extraordinary adventure of a lifetime. From the colorful, bustling markets of Thailand to the rich flavors of Italy to the azure ocean waves in Hawaii, Tegan and Gabe embark on a journey in search of forgiveness and renewal. And as they explore the cultures and beautiful landscapes of these faraway places, they learn that acceptance often comes when we 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.
"One woman's journey through grief becomes the journey of a lifetime... This emotional love story will stick with you long after you've turned the final page."" —Colleen Oakley, author of Before I Go
"[F]ull of lush locations, memorable characters, and a turn of events that is nothing short of jaw-dropping." —Taylor Jenkins Reid, author of Forever, Interrupted and After I Do
"[A] beautifully written story of love and loss... Come Away with Me had me smiling through my tears." —Tracey Garvis Graves, New York Times bestselling author of On the Island
"[A] heartbreaking yet hopeful tale…Karma Brown is a talented new voice in women's fiction." —Lori Nelson Spielman, author of The Life List
Brown's debut knocks it out of the park with a double-barreled travelogue: one scaling the depths of depression and grief, and the other trekking through lush vacation spots in Thailand, Italy, and Hawaii. Twenty-six-year-old kindergarten teacher Tegan Lawson and her law-school graduate husband, Gabe, expecting their first child, have everything to look forward to. Then an accident ends the pregnancy and shatters those dreams. Three months after the tragedy, "Tegan & Gabe's Jar of Spontaneity" provides three getaway ideas that the young lovers had once stashed for when "life feels like it's dragging us down": getting a painting by an elephant in Bangkok; taking a cooking class in Ravello, Italy, the hometown of Gabe's mother; and learning to surf in Maui. Though the tragedy literally hangs from Tegan's neck in a small urn-like pendant, she slowly begins to forgive herself and Gabe for the deadly accident, the subsequent depression that leads to an attempted suicide, and her nagging fear that somehow she will forget she was ever so in love. Brown wraps up an impressive study of loss, reconciliation, and brave choices with a stunning, three-hanky ending. A strong ensemble of supporting characters fills out this impressive story that carries away the reader's heart and imagination.