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Making Memories

September 21, 2018

Kerry Pettis Bookwoman

We Own the Sky by Luke Allnutt

Rob Coates and his wife Anna are an odd pair. She is uptight and by-the-book; he is a much more laid-back computer nerd. But “opposites attract,” and after meeting in their final year of college, they almost immediately become a couple. After graduation, she takes a London job that uses her accounting skills and he works from home for a tech start-up.

They suffer several miscarriages before baby Jack is born, and their lives immediately center around him as he grows into an inquisitive and adventurous little boy. Jack loves high places — tops of hills, seaside cliffs, tall buildings — and Rob takes him to visit many of them. Anna is fearful about the dangers, but tries not to stifle Jack’s daring.

Sadly, a devastating illness changes their lives. At first the prognosis seems hopeful and there is recovery, but a recurrence dashes their hope once more.

Because computers are Rob’s thing, he looks for answers on the Internet. There are chat rooms for families suffering a similar crisis and he becomes interested in a medical facility that seems to offer hope for them. Anna is more clear-eyed and tries to discourage Rob. The conflict drives them apart.

This is a heartbreaking novel that ultimately leads to forgiveness and hope.

Kerry Pettis is a retired elementary school teacher and children’s librarian who has lived in Broomfield since 1975. Reading is her favorite occupation.

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