When a book’s description says that it’s A Star Is Born meets Me Before You, you either pass it by or grab a box of tissues and read it when you are in the mood to have all your emotions rise to the surface and let it all out. So bring on the tears.
Nova Huston is a free-spirited woman with a lust for life whose occupation is an end-of-life doula. That’s a non-medical person who helps terminally ill people prepare for their death. Whether it is in the practical sense of getting someone’s house in order or simply providing comfort. Nova and her partner Kelly do their difficult jobs well. Mason Shaylor is Nova’s newest client. Unlike the older people who seek her help, Mason is her age. Nova is initially not aware that Mason is an indie singer-songwriter who is beloved by his fans but has never achieved the big success people believe he deserves. Thirty-six-year-old Mason is not very forthcoming as to why he has sought the services of a doula but implies that he has a terminal illness telling Nova that his life as he knows it is over. And their journey begins.
Knowing any more about what happens next would be too much information. The Next Thing You Know is a tender and powerful book. The subject matter is tough but author Jessica Strawser has written a beautiful story that shows the importance of compassion, human connection and the power of love. She sure knows how to tug at the heartstrings!
Many thanks to St. Martin’s Press and NetGalley for the opportunity to read this moving book before its release.
Rated 4.5 out of 5 stars.
Publication Date: March 22, 2022.
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