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  • Tough story told wonderfully

    What is more important? Your family or your career? For Emma Blake that is a very tough decision to make. For the mom’s I know, there is no doubt that your family would come first. I could understand her struggles and I felt bad for all that she was missing in her life while spending all her time working. Her work is important. She is doing trials to cure a disease that kills so many people. I never thought that she should give up her work, but I feel like there should be a good balance between work and family. Nowhere Near Goodbye is a tough story. The story itself is heartbreaking and not everyone will enjoy reading it. There is the difficult topics of childhood cancer, unwanted pregnancy, and divorce. Barbara Conrey had a tough story to tell and did it wonderfully. Emma is not a character that the reader will want to like but they will feel for her and the decisions she makes.

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  • Intense and dramatic

    Reviewed by Susan Sewell for Readers' Favorite In the heart-rending novel, Nowhere Near Goodbye by Barbara Conrey, a young pre-teen's death affects the lives of her friends and family, and over two decades later, they strive to save others from experiencing the same fate. When Kate, eleven-year-old Emma Blake's best friend, dies of a brain tumor, Emma promises Kate's father Ned that she will find a cure for the disease that took away Kate's life. Dedicating her life to research, Emma sets every other aspect of her life aside, even her newborn daughter, Ali. With Ned pushing her to ignore her obligations to her family, Kate's myopic attitude towards her research causes her to neglect her responsibilities as a wife and mother. When her husband leaves her, taking Ali, and begins a new life without her, Kate is heartbroken, but even then, she still can't shake her obsession. Several years later in an unexpected turn of events, someone who Kate cherishes is on the brink of death, and the expertise she acquired over the years may be the only thing that stands between them and death. Had her obsession been justified? Was her absence from those she loves worth the cost? Depicting the determination of an oncologist to find a cure for glioblastoma, Nowhere Near Goodbye by Barbara Conrey is an unforgettable and heartbreaking novel. Tragic and thought-provoking, the story moves from tragedy through sorrow and ultimately comes to a triumphant and happy ending. Because her tunnel vision concerning the cure for a dead friend overrode her love for her family, Emma's character was a little hard to understand and, at times, even like. However, in the end, her dedication was vindicated and made her more acceptable. And after considering Kate's comments at the beginning and end of the book, I had to wonder if she was influencing Emma from the other side. It is an intense and dramatic novel that will entertain those who enjoy gripping stories with moving plots and indomitable heroines.

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  • Nowhere Near Goodbye

    I enjoyed reading this book. I enjoyed the story; reading about medical cancers is something I enjoy since having cancer myself. The work ethic displayed by Emma was so real and it gripped me, remembering a time I had to make sacrifices concerning my daughter and husband and my career. However, Ali coming down with GBM was a little far fetched. There were many other ways Emma could have saved Ali, Tim and herself.

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  • Nowhere near goodbye

    I really enjoyed. Kept me in suspence.was abit disappointed in the ending.

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