Book, Meet Book

Today’s post by Marybeth Whalen | @MarybethWhalen

Today we continue our new “Book, Meet Book” series and introduce two novels to each other– and to you guys– because we think they have some things in common and would make a good match. Will you add one– or both– to your “Want To Read” list? Let us know!


When I'm GoneWhen I’m Gone by Emily Bleeker

Dear Luke,
First let me say—I love you…I didn’t want to leave you…

Luke Richardson has returned home after burying Natalie, his beloved wife of sixteen years, ready to face the hard job of raising their three children alone. But there’s something he’s not prepared for—a blue envelope with his name scrawled across the front in Natalie’s handwriting, waiting for him on the floor of their suburban Michigan home.

The letter inside, written on the first day of Natalie’s cancer treatment a year ago, turns out to be the first of many. Luke is convinced they’re genuine, but who is delivering them? As his obsession with the letters grows, Luke uncovers long-buried secrets that make him question everything he knew about his wife and their family. But the revelations also point the way toward a future where love goes on—in written words, in memories, and in the promises it’s never too late to keep.


casualtiesCasualties by Elizabeth Marro

A heartbreaking and insightful debut novel about the wars we fight overseas, at home, and within our own hearts.
Some come back whole. Some come back broken. Some just never come back…
As an executive for one of the most successful military defense contractors in the country, Ruth Nolan should have been thrilled when her troubled son, Robbie, chose to join the marines. But she wasn’t. She was terrified.

So, when he returns home to San Diego after his second tour in Iraq, apparently unscathed, it feels like a chance to start over and make things right—until a scandal at work tears her away from their reunion. By the next morning, Robbie is gone. A note arrives for Ruth in the mail a few days later saying, “I’m sorry for everything. It’s not your fault. I love you.”

Without a backward glance, Ruth packs up Robbie’s ashes and drives east, heading away from her guilt and regret. But the closer she gets to the coast she was born on, the more evident it becomes that she won’t outrun her demons—eventually, she’ll have to face them and confront the painful truth about her past, her choices, the war, and her son.

4 Responses to Book, Meet Book

  1. Anne Rightler March 14, 2016 at 10:17 pm #

    They both look like great reads! I put them both on my Want to Read list. Thank you for sharing

  2. Debbi Faust March 14, 2016 at 10:17 pm #

    Both sound good to me!

  3. Vicki March 15, 2016 at 10:17 pm #

    Both sound good, especially When I’m Gone,

  4. Tanya @ Mom's Small Victories March 16, 2016 at 10:17 am #

    I’m reading When I’m Gone right now and enjoying the book despite having my heart broken with what Natalie’s family is going through after her loss and captivated by the mystery surrounding these letters!

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