4 out of 4 stars
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Margot was a courageous woman who was adored and cherished by her wonderful husband, Mike. He had an unconditional love for her. These two spent years living in harmony and having a solid connection. Everything was going well until Margot was diagnosed with a fatal illness which kept coming repeatedly but then became terminal. She had to fight for her life. Because it was so severe, she fought her way through each attempt to knock her down. She was quite resilient and repeatedly battled the illness.
And every time it returns with the disease's news, it rips everyone apart, especially Mike. He was in the grips of despair at the prospect of just having a little time to spend with the love of his life. Her condition began as breast cancer, progressed to other vital organs, then to the bones of her spine. For the simple reason that she really wanted to live, Margot kept fighting to come out of it.
I adored Margot so much because of her great strength. The manner in which she persisted in trying to recuperate fully. Although it didn't appear that way and wasn't easy for her, she was brave to endure the suffering and hold out hope for better outcomes. She managed to remain positive despite the severity of her condition. She wished to maintain her optimism. She didn't want to give up on life. She was eager to live and to keep living. She had great understanding and enlightenment. Regardless of Margot's dark encounters, she was still Living in color. And then, the pictures and records put together by Mike were another amazing part of the book; beautiful memories of their past years spent together with friends, family, loved ones, and their pets. It's also wonderful how he managed to keep all those records and find them.
What bothered me was how far they went to express and demonstrate their love and devotion to one another. It was thrilling, and in the beginning of their relationship, the sparks of their intimacy were still quite new. Margot wanted to do more to demonstrate that her love was true, plain, and forever, though it was frightening. But it actually strengthened their relationship more than ever. And then, what also bothered me was how they met. This period was incredibly challenging. To enjoy this brand-new life, they had to make the hardest choices of their lives. Making the sacrifices to stay together wasn't simple.
Living in Color by Mike Murphy discussed a true-life love story and how wonderful it is to love and be loved. It involves standing by your partner through good times and bad, through challenges and joys. It was also mentioned that there would be situations where people would have to choose between staying and leaving. Whether or not to give up or persevere. During their difficult times, there was a lot of love and energy shared. They learned that tension and frustration only led to more tension and frustration. They persisted in dispersing and upholding love and positive energy.
The book is Mike's eulogy to his wife Margot. It exudes inspiration, love, tenacity, good vibes and persistence. It embodies the sincere truth of what love can accomplish in good times and bad. It was quite skillfully written. I'll therefore rate it 4 out of 4 stars. This book will also be fantastic for romance readers, those who are optimistic and for those who struggle to maintain their strength in times of love, sickness, and in health as well as those who are bearing the loss of loved ones.
Living in Color
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