Author: Marie Landry
Publication Date: January 17, 2012
A year after graduating from high school, nineteen-year-old Emma Ward feels lost. She has spent most of her life trying to please her frigid, miserable mother - studying hard, getting good grades, avoiding the whole teenage rebellion thing - and now she feels she has no identity beyond that. Because she spent so many years working hard and planning every moment of her life, she doesn't have any friends, has never had a boyfriend, and basically doesn't know who she is or what she really wants from life. Working two part-time jobs to save money for college hasn't helped her make decisions about her future, so she decides it's time for a change. She leaves home to live with her free-spirited, slightly eccentric Aunt Daisy in a small town that makes Emma feel like she's stepped back in time.
When Emma meets Nicholas Shaw, everything changes - he's unlike anyone she's ever met before, the kind of man she didn't even know existed in the 21st century. Carefree and spirited like Daisy, Nicholas teaches Emma to appreciate life, the beauty around her, and to just let go and live. Between Daisy and Nicholas, Emma feels like she belongs somewhere for the first time in her life, and realizes that you don't always need a plan - sometimes life steers you where you're meant to be.
Life is wonderful, an endless string of blue sky days, until Nicholas is diagnosed with cancer, and life changes once again for Emma in ways she never thought possible. Now it's time for her to help Nicholas the way he's helped her. Emma will have to use her new-found strength, and discover along the way if love really is enough to get you through.
What a beautiful, heartfelt story. I’m not one to be openly mushy, so it’s hard for me to explain how touching Blue Sky Days was. I loved how personal it felt, as if Emma were a friend telling me about what happened during that year of her life – her journey of self-discovery and finding love. Also, the setting of this book was beautiful, I would love to live in a place like Riverview.I really felt for Emma, the main character. At age 19, she felt so lost in her life, with no direction and no support system. When she moved to Riverview with her aunt Daisy, it was like she could breathe for the first time and just let things fall in place. Sometimes we have to completely remove ourselves from what we’re so accustom to, in order to fully move on. And that’s the leap Emma took. She didn’t do it alone though -Nicholas was a constant support for her. At 22-years-old, he’s the type of person who is wise beyond his years because of having to grow-up at a young age. He is the guy every parent hopes their daughter brings home, and any girl would be lucky to have. Nicholas and Emma found each other and fell in love, but sometimes life can be cruel and put even the strongest love through hell.
There are some great supporting characters in Blue Sky Days, as well. I adored Daisy, and not just because she’d rather be barefoot like me. She had a wonderful outlook on life, and was willing to be there for her niece when Emma’s own mother wasn’t. I also loved Vince and Maggie, the most awesome bff’s anyone could possibly have. I’d love a spin-off of these two.
Ultimately, this was a wonderful debut novel from Landry. She pulled on my heartstrings that I tend to keep hidden, and I enjoyed every minute of it. I really hope everyone reads Blue Sky Days and experiences Emma’s journey, not to mention fall in love with Nicholas.