by: Philip Wilson
Genre: Women’s Fiction
Release Date: March 22, 2018
Publisher: Tellwell Publishing
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It’s spring, and Allison Connelly has it all – pretty, popular and smart. With a summer job teaching tennis and starting Harvard Law School in the fall, Allison plans on a successful law career, marriage and kids – and dreams of becoming a Supreme Court Justice. When relentless headaches drive her to her doctor, Allison receives a terrifying diagnosis that destroys her plans and imperils her life. Devastated, Allison struggles to accept her shattered dreams and uncertain future. One night, she happens into a small-town pub and, on a whim, takes a job singing, finding solace and a measure of peace in her music. She settles in the town, and from that small beginning finds love, a new life and a new reason for living.
Allison’s situation led to some obvious conflicts which could be explored. If your plans and dreams are suddenly destroyed, how do you deal with it? If there is virtually no chance of cure or remission, but only the inexorable progression towards cognitive impairment, physical disability, pain and eventual death, do you give up? Or, do you fight for each day of life, perhaps hoping for a miracle?
As Allison struggles with her situation, she meets people that shape her response – a young woman at the hospice with the same diagnosis who urges her to ‘fight the darkness,’ Jack who owns the pub in the local town and falls in love with her, and Lucy, a young girl searching for the mother she never had.
Slowly, Allison begins to build a new life, very different from the successful Wall Street lawyer she’d planned to be, but somehow more satisfying and fulfilling. The internal conflict she faces when confronted with her diagnosis drives her revised course of action – from the new relationships she develops to the talents and interests she chooses to pursue. Through Songs for Lucy, my goal was to explore and develop Allison’s true, innate passions, which begin to manifest themselves as she copes with the devastating news.
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