A magnificent and moving love story with a surprising extra dimension. The author has bravely set out to include subjects not usually broached in romantic novels: disability and the morality of euthanasia.
The book is strikingly successful, with characters who pull you deep into the story and who you’ll feel real empathy for.
Surprisingly, for a book covering such difficult topics, the only parts which come across as slightly clumsy are the those relating to class. The ‘working class family’ seem slightly clichéd- I’m not sure anyone has scrubbed their front steps since about 1970- but I was prepared to forgive this as the book is otherwise excellent, with a perfectly judged ending.