Love on a Limb


Matthew Grayken is young, successful, and dying. He isn’t interested in love. He needs a legal voice to enforce his wishes when he no longer can. Lonely, compassionate nurse Mikaela Compton is intrigued by his request. As their “friends only” marriage turns into love, she rejects the inevitability of Matt’s death and prays for a miracle instead. Mikaela reignites Matt’s will to fight, but he's losing the battle. The miracle he needs will require Mikaela to leave Matt at the hour of his greatest need.  Now she faces an excruciating decision—how far out on a limb she is willing to go for love.

A thoroughly engaging tale! The reader will quickly caught up in the bittersweet saga of Mikaela and Matt. It would take a desperate man to ask a stranger to be his medical voice as the cancer slowly eats away at him. It would take a compassionate, understanding, and lonely oncology nurse to agree to such a proposal. It takes such a surprising  setting to create this gripping and emotion-packed story of love, learning, trust, and ultimately faith—in God, love, others and in self. There are a few typos along the way. The characters are emotional, but could have used more depth and conflict that is more realistic. Dialogue was acceptable, yet could have been more natural, and distinct. Mikaela’s continued strength and unwavering efforts, and Matt’s vulnerably will touch anyone’s heart. As the reader’s heart cries out for a happy ending, Laurie Lewis will make them wait until the end to find out if it happens.  

Emerson Matthews