What's Worth Keeping (Large Print / Library Binding)
Amy is a breast cancer survivor. She has endured countless rounds of chemo and a double masectomy. She also has a secret. On the day she received her diagnosis, she found divorce papers due to be delivered on the day after her daughter's high school graduation. That is the beginning of this heartwarming, poignant story of grief, renewal, and love. Paul, Amy's husband is an Oklahoma City homicide detective. He has never recovered from the trauma of the bombing which happened when their child was an infant. Carly, poised to graduate, lashes out over the stress of possibly losing her mother. All three character narrate their own stories. Carly is taken by her father to live with a great aunt who runs a trail ride vacation service out of Chama, NM. There Carly, with the help of her wise aunt, begins to find her place. Amy takes off on a long, solo road trip back to the Pacific Northwest where she grew up with her family living amongst the big trees. Paul, who purchased a ramshackle house years ago in Chama is suffering greatly from not only the bombing but all the wretchedness he sees in his job. As the reader we know from the beginning that the divorce papers were a way for Paul to let Amy go because he couldn't drag her into his sadness. As in all of her novels, McLaren finds a way to redemption.— Valerie
The day her doctor says the one word that no one wants to hear, Amy Bergstrom discovers a secret that her husband of 25 years has been keeping from her. Now that the months of treatment and surgeries are behind her, she escapes her claustrophobic life seeking healing, peace, and clarity in an ancient forest in Washington State, a forest that holds memories of her childhood summers.