Thank You for Loving Me by Nicole Bea is a well-written and profound story about grief and how different people deal with loss. It’s also about friendship, love, healing, and moving on.
One year ago, Maggie Montgomery’s naval husband was lost at sea. Since his death she has mainly kept to herself, painting nothing but commissions as her creative spark has died along with her husband. Shortly after his death, she adopts a puppy to help keep the loneliness a bay. Her days are routinely spent painting and walking her dog on the beach, with a once-weekly trip to the grocery store. The only family left is her sister-in-law who is also dealing with her grief of losing a brother. She has attended grief counseling through the military, but she is stuck in this lonely, routine existence until a friend of her husband, naval officer Grayson Smith, delivers a last letter from her husband on the anniversary of his death.
Set in a coastal community in Nova Scotia, this story starts with Maggie being isolated, depressed, and sinking in her grief. Then slowly, on her own timeline, she starts over, moving on without her husband, letting go but not forgetting. She does this with the help of the unconditional love of a dog, then the development of friendships with Josie from House ‘N Home and with Grayson Smith. This story is about new beginnings, second chances at love, and healing after loss.
This story may not be for everyone and comes with a content warning. “Please be advised that this novel includes themes of grief/ depression, references to spousal death, and drinking.” With Nicole’s keen ability to express emotions with words, you may experience bouts of depression right alongside Maggie, but rest assured that you, along with Maggie, will climb out of that depression and find happiness once again. This independently published novel is a story that will not be easily forgotten.
About the Author
NICOLE BEA writes deep stories to dig into: atmospheric women’s fiction and upper young adult novels with themes of self-discovery through the power of love. Nicole and her husband share their home in Eastern Canada with a collection of multi-colored cats, a cupboard stuffed with tea, and a lifetime’s worth of books.
- Publisher : Silver Shell Publishing (May 10 2023)
- Language : English
- Paperback : 284 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1958673374
- ISBN-13 : 978-1958673379