Welcome to the blog tour of Tania L. Ramos! Today I am graced with her presence here at davidmcgowanauthor.com. Yesterday, Tania stopped off at Nerdy Book Reviews.
Tania’s novel, Be Still, is available NOW!
Dr Jack Silver had it all – great career, beautiful wife, a family. But that was then. This is now…times have changed. His wife and daughter are dead. His relationship with his son is virtually non-existent, and Dr Jack Silver has been hiding something. His health is deteriorating.
Now, he has been diagnosed with everyone’s worst nightmare – terminal illness. Lou Gehrig’s Disease (known in the UK as Motor Neurone Disease) is stripping away his life, taking his independence as it blasts through his existence. Refusing all treatment save pain medication, Jack’s condition worsens very quickly. But he cannot let go. What will become of his son, Travis? How will their relationship affect his future, and how will he remember his father once Jack is gone?
Jack’s life changed inexorably when his wife, Shannon, was hit by a car and killed. The grief of this loss, coupled with the loss of his young daughter before it, leaves him a changed man. But when Jack slips into a coma, he finds them with him, and the sometimes wispy, exhilarating yet fearsome surroundings of the dreamlike quality of their presence ask questions of Jack. Can he find peace? Does he want to be with Shannon, or stay and make his peace with Travis? Is this his Shannon? Is this place even real?
His estranged son, Travis, and his doctor – Chris Amity – have a love-hate relationship and bitter rivalry. He is a brilliant lawyer, she is a doctor of equal talent. But can they ever find common ground apart from Jack Silver’s presence in their lives? What will become of them? Will they forever hate, or forever love, one another?
Be Still is an examination of human emotions, of fear and anguish, heartbreak and happiness.
It is an intimate, personal novel, as the relationships of the characters within are played out, in sickness and in health and in life and death. Love and hate, joy and fear, rapture and despair – all are played out within the pages of Be Still.
Can Travis and Jack make their peace before Jack’s illness defeats him? Can the once brilliant surgeon find a way to mend their relationship? And what about Dr.Amity and Jack’s son, Travis? Will they find a way to get past their rivalry? Could there ever come a time when they confront their fears and their demons, when Chris stops running and gives in to her heart, when Travis forgives his father?
Will their emotions ever be still?
And how will Travis feel when the biggest secret of all is revealed?
Be Still is at times heartbreaking, at times uplifting. The dialogue between characters and the sense of intimacy in certain scenes have a profound impact on the reader, as we wonder how it will all play out, and whether the characters will ever just be still. The world inside the comatose Jack Silver’s mind, whether real or imagined, is one that is wonderfully described, and I found myself with tears standing in the corners of my eyes on more than one occasion.
Be Still is a novel full of questions about the human condition. It is a tale interspersed with the greatest of love and loss, of looking at the past and fearing the future. Its characters struggle with illness, inner demons, and external battles as they try to find peace through the ultimate of human existence and emotions. As the novel comes to its climactic conclusion, the reader finds they are in a race along with the characters, towards death and destiny.
Thank you Tania. I look forward to reading your future work!