Mid-life mom, Colleen Gallagher would do anything to protect her children from harm. When her daughter's husband falls ill with ALS, Colleen rolls up her sleeves and moves in. As her beloved son-in-law's illness progresses, Colleen juggles the multiple roles of grandma, cook, and caregiver. The months drag on, and she discovers that even her superhuman efforts can't fix what's wrong.
An affecting, deeply honest novel; at the same time, a lacerating indictment of our modern health care system.--Kirkus Review
Employing a thought-provoking ending, Montpelier Tomorrow is an exceptional read. A mix of sadness and humor, it is indeed a story that should be read many times.--The US Review of Books
Montpelier Tomorrow displays a talent for exploring family relationships. In the eye of a storm, Colleen is a memorable, flawed, all-too-human wellspring of strength.--Foreword Clarion Reviews
A heartrending story of love, loss and the endurance of the human spirit.--Literary Fiction Book Review
"Characters are vivid, relatable, and all too imperfectly human." --Jewell Parker Rhodes
"Each time I have reread this novel, I have felt rewarded by the connection it offers to the central character, Colleen. I can think of no single page in which her voice is not an irreplaceable gift to the reader." --Kevin McIlvoy
"An engrossing account of the impossible choices faced by caregivers..." --Kathryn Shonk
MONTPELIER TOMORROW is about one family faced with a caregiving crisis. At times raw, and often funny, the novel is for caregivers who wonder how they’re going to carry on. Through humor and empathy, the author takes readers inside the Ice Bucket Challenge.
None of the characters in this gripping, realistic novel are saints. The dying man isn’t noble. His caregiver, Colleen, isn’t a self-sacrificing martyr. And Colleen’s daughter Sandy is too beleaguered to feel grateful for her mother’s help. Love is what binds them together.
Currently ranked #1 on Listopia for “books you need tissues to read” and “non-chick-lit for women,” MONTPELIER TOMORROW is a book for moms who feel owed a little “me” time. The main character in the novel is Colleen Gallagher. She’s a kindergarten teacher and in every way average. She overcame the loss of her first husband, but still carries some unresolved grief. Because of that, she is especially sensitive to how quickly Fate can turn a family’s fortunes upside down.