Rise and Shine
Shannon Malone thought she'd found her happy ending when she married Edmund Ridgeway, but a diving accident on their honeymoon left her in a coma. Waking up to the news that she's thirty years old would have been daunting enough . . . but she also learns that Edmund has lost his interim battle with cancer and the world has marched on without her. Her gorgeous doctor, Daniel Petros, seems to know everything about her and becomes Shannon's tour guide into a whole new world of madness where reality television has taken over the planet and everyone's life appears to revolve around a tiny screen on their cell phones!
As Shannon struggles to navigate through the changes-both in the world and in her-she also must discern real memories from imagined ones. Did she really ever wear capris pants and entertain in her living room, or was that Laura Petrie from her favorite classic TV show? And where is her beloved dog, Freeway? Oh, wait! That was Jonathan and Jennifer Hart's dog, not hers.
Shannon's three elderly aunts flit through her life in true Sleeping Beauty style with her well-being always a priority. And Edmund's sister Millicent descends like the Evil Queen she is, trying to extract Shannon from any claim on the Ridgeway family fortune. When a tornado moves through town and Shannon is knocked unconscious, will Daniel's kiss awaken her once and for all?
This was such a fun read. I devoured it in one sitting. The characters were well written. I really loved the scrumptious Dr. Daniel. OH MY! I felt really bad for Shannon. That must be truly horrible to not know things that most of us take for granted. I could not imagine going out and having a blast on what is supposed to be the best time in your life to wake up and find out that completely horrible things have happened.
Shannon really had a great struggle trying to come to terms with all the changes not only in her life, but in society as well. Smart phones, ebooks, and various other common items were not in the vocabulary back when she went into that coma. And to top it off, how do you get over the fact that the husband who you had seemingly just married had sat by your side, but you couldn’t be there for him when he needed you the most.
This is one of those books that truly takes you on an emotional roller coaster and I am glad to have gone along for the ride.
Disclaimer: I received this book free from NetGalley in exchange for an honest review. I did not receive any form of compensation.