An Uncorrected proof copy, not for sale or quotation. A Song For Tomorrow is not available until February 9th 2017. However if you click on the book title it will take you to amazon.co.uk where you can view the synopsis and what I'm presuming is the actual cover image.
SOURCE: A GoodReads win.
MY THOUGHTS: Whilst not impossible to write a novel of this kind without it, I do think having experience of the challenges faced by those with a chronic (possibly life limiting) condition often brings a whole new dimension, a certain empathy if you will, to the writing. And, based on the author's own experiences after she too was diagnosed with a chronic condition, A Song For Tomorrow is nothing if not empathetic towards its characters. Yes, even those who you at first might think totally undeserving of it.
Told from multiple points of views, there is always the danger that the narrative becomes confused, the different threads lost, if only momentarily, along the way. No such worries here. The narrative flows seamlessly, Alice (loosely based on singer/songwriter Alice Martineau) and 'love interest' Tom's thoughts along with Alice's mother Mary's diary entries each adding to the telling of an exceptional fictional story of one young woman's struggle with a chronic lung condition as she fulfils her wish to become a singer/song writer.
Gritty, the author pulls no punches when it comes to the ramifications (both realised and possible) of Alice's condition, a box of tissues is highly recommended, but most of all this is a life affirming novel of making the most of every day, of following your dreams.
One of my favourite reads of 2016, everything I was hoping for and so, so much more. I had anticipated the ending going one of several ways and, without giving away the merest hint of a spoiler, am so pleased that it ended the way it did.