What We Have

I have an amazing memoir to share with you  today!  I am honored to be included in the book tour hosted by TLC Book Tours for Amy Boesky.

First, here’s a little bit about the book:

What We Have: A Family’s Inspiring Story About Love, Loss, and Survival
At thirty-two, Amy felt her life was finally coming together—the right man, the right job. A new baby. She’d been racing to fit everything in fast, knowing her family’s risk of hereditary ovarian cancer was looming ever closer. What she didn’t know was that this risk turned out to be more complex and far-reaching than she or her sisters had understood. Now, as her family learned about BRCA1, the pieces of the puzzle were falling into place. But what choices would she have to make in order to choose life?

This special memoir, reads like a novel.  I had to stop and remind myself a couple of times that this is Amy’s (the author) reality.  In the book she shares her deep fears, anxieties, the love that surrounds her in her family relationships.  The joys and the sorrows equally.

The ladies in Amy’s family have all passed away from ovarian cancer in their early 40’s.  Growing up with this knowledge, Amy and her sisters have had a dark cloud of certainty about cancer and the best course of action for living past 45.  Living to see their families grow and become adults.  Living to see their daughters be free of the same dark cloud.  This book isn’t exactly easy to read, in the sense that it’s real, there’s loss and grief too.  However, reading how the family draws together in these times is inspiring and heart-warming.

This book is a transformative couple of years in Amy’s life, even though it feels as though it should be 10!  Her first months as a new mom, and the normal anxieties and foibles, are shared poetically and with a dose of humor, in such a way that you can relate.  And the decision process of buying a new home for the family, it seems to drag on forever, just like it might for you or I!

I loved this book.  It’s so well written, it drew me in from the first few pages.  I would highly recommend it to anyone that loves memoirs, or novels alike!  The relationship between Amy and her husband, Jacques is fun to read about – they are complete opposites, yet truly each others soul-mates.  The balance they find is so necessary for the decisions needed to be made throughout the book – and forward, I imagine.

Stop by Amy’s site to read an excerpt of the book, or go straight to Amazon to purchase your copy!

If you would like to win a copy, leave me a comment.  I will select a winner over the weekend. (US/Canada only, no PO Boxes)

I hope you find this to be a great read too!


By |2017-02-06T09:18:49-06:00August 24th, 2010|review|35 Comments


  1. Lois Grebowski August 24, 2010 at 5:21 am - Reply

    That sounds like a wonderful book. As a person with family history for cancer, I can only begin to understand what the author went through.

    Have a great week and thanks for the giveaway!

  2. Jennifer August 24, 2010 at 5:30 am - Reply

    It sounds interesting. If I don’t win I will have to go and check my library.

  3. Esther L. August 24, 2010 at 6:11 am - Reply

    Sounds really captivating. It’s promptly going on my “to read” list!

  4. Linda August 24, 2010 at 7:05 am - Reply

    I always have a backlog of books to read but I think this one would go to the top of the list.

  5. Amy Sp August 24, 2010 at 7:14 am - Reply

    Thanks for the book recommendation. I had not heard of it before.

  6. Mama Spark August 24, 2010 at 7:19 am - Reply

    This sounds like an amazing book. I would love to win a copy!

  7. Jennifer (Iowa Expat) August 24, 2010 at 7:35 am - Reply

    The book sounds fabulous–thanks for the opportunity to win!

  8. ~quiltedbydawn~ August 24, 2010 at 7:35 am - Reply

    I just finished reading this book and couldn’t put it down. So touching and so relatable, no matter if you’ve lived her life or not – thoughts of a woman and family. LOVED it!

  9. Bridget Worden August 24, 2010 at 7:36 am - Reply

    Sounds like a wonderful book. I’m keeping my fingers crossed that I win – but putting it on my Amazon wish list just in case I don’t. :)

  10. Beth August 24, 2010 at 8:04 am - Reply

    I find it so inspiring that Amy is willing to share such a personal look into her life. Thanks to both of you for the chance to win a copy.

  11. NorahS August 24, 2010 at 8:15 am - Reply

    I would love to win this book! It sounds really good. Thanks for the chance to win!

  12. Yvonne August 24, 2010 at 8:25 am - Reply

    Sounds like a great book to share with my bookclub. Thanks for the introduction and the opportunity to win.

  13. Vicki August 24, 2010 at 8:55 am - Reply

    I am always looking for a good book to read. Sounds great.

  14. Betty August 24, 2010 at 8:55 am - Reply

    With fall and winter fast approaching I spend more time reading. This book sounds like one I would love to read. Thanks for the opportunity to have a chance at winning this book.

  15. SoniaB August 24, 2010 at 9:07 am - Reply

    Sounds like a great book. Thanks for the chance to win.

  16. Nichol Hardy August 24, 2010 at 9:31 am - Reply

    This sounds like a fantastic book. I want to read it. Thank you for a chance to win.

  17. Heather August 24, 2010 at 10:27 am - Reply

    I would love to read this book!! I am always up for a good read!

  18. Becky in Georgia August 24, 2010 at 1:15 pm - Reply

    Thanks for reading and reviewing this book! I’m intrigued with the story which is actually not a story. Thanks for the recommendation ! Will put it on my to read list.

  19. pat August 24, 2010 at 1:38 pm - Reply

    Sounds like a “must read” to me! Will put it on my list!

  20. Cathy A August 24, 2010 at 1:43 pm - Reply

    Thanks for sharing the review. I’m always looking for something that is really worth reading.

  21. Dawn August 24, 2010 at 4:20 pm - Reply

    Looking forward to reading this book. Thanks for the chance to win. Many Blessings!

  22. shamond August 24, 2010 at 5:28 pm - Reply

    Sounds like a wonderful book! I do enjoy a good read, and it being a true account makes it even more special. Thanks for the review!

  23. Allie August 24, 2010 at 7:39 pm - Reply

    This sounds like a wonderful read! Thanks Amy!

  24. Lucy August 24, 2010 at 8:06 pm - Reply

    Just from the little bit I read on your Blog this books looks very inspiring. I cant wait to read it. Thank you for Sharing!….Lucy

  25. MoeWest August 24, 2010 at 9:30 pm - Reply

    I love a good book and this one sounds very interesting. Thanks for blogging about it.

  26. Mary on Lake Pulaski August 24, 2010 at 9:39 pm - Reply

    Sounds like an interesting book Amy!

  27. Janet August 24, 2010 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    Well I’d love to win but I get my mail at a PO box. No other option for mail here except general delivery and I’m sure that’s no better.

  28. SewCalGal August 24, 2010 at 11:40 pm - Reply

    Sounds like an interesting and inspirational book. I’d love to win a copy. Thanks for the opportunity.

    sewcalgal {at} live {dot} com

  29. Patty August 25, 2010 at 9:37 am - Reply

    it sounds like a very inspirational book

  30. Rachel August 26, 2010 at 1:12 am - Reply

    Would love to read this book!!

  31. Sandra Davidson August 26, 2010 at 12:34 pm - Reply

    Sounds like a wonderful book. I am a breast cancer survivor but I also have the fear of ovarian cancer so I would love to read the book. Thankyou Sandra Davidson

  32. Lindsay August 27, 2010 at 10:21 am - Reply

    thanks for the review Amy, sounds like something I would read, I may have to see if I can pick it up on my reader!

  33. heather@tripleblessing August 28, 2010 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    Is it too late to enter?? :) I’d love a copy!

  34. Bobbie23nc August 29, 2010 at 6:15 pm - Reply

    I am always encouraged by a cancer survivor’s story. It’s a disease none of us would choose but it’s pure encouragement to find someone who has been through the struggle and come out stronger on the other side of the battle. Sometimes hope is all there is left and I’m so thankful to know Him who is my hope.

  35. Carol August 29, 2010 at 7:16 pm - Reply

    I would love to read Amy’s book.

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