Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Book Review: Eight Twenty Eight by Ian and Larissa Murphy

Ian and Larissa Murphy have a beautiful love story, but it's not your ordinary boy-meets-girl kind of story.  It's much deeper than that.  They were in college when they met, and began a relationship.  They were beginning to discuss marriage and a future together when Ian was seriously injured in a car accident.  His body was badly damaged, and it was weeks before the full extent of the damage to his brain would be known.  But Larissa stayed by his side through it all, loving him and willing him back to health.  Even when she was warned that he probably wouldn't remember her--or that he loved  her--when he finally woke up, she didn't leave, but stayed committed to him and his healing.  They have fought battle after battle, but they have won each one together with the help of God and the support of their families.  On August 28, 2010 (eight twenty-eight) they became man and wife and Larissa became Ian's full-time caregiver.
Eight Twenty Eight tells  the story of two people who felt that love was too important to give up on, even if they could never have the kind of marriage that most people experience and enjoy.  Larissa could have easily walked away while Ian was in a coma, and never looked back.  And who would have blamed her?  But she chose to make sacrifices in her own life to be with the man she loved--even if that meant helping him remember her and fall in love with her again. 
This is a wonderful story that will really open anyone's eyes and make them consider their own marriage.  However, the style of writing did bug me a little.  The story really jumped back and forth in time a lot.  When I'm reading a book on my Kindle for review purposes, the formatting isn't always perfect, so some of my confusion could be due to missing page breaks, or even missing italics.  But even then, I would have liked for the book to take a more linear path.  I would be reading along about something happening in Ian's therapy, then all of a sudden Ian and Larissa were going out on a date.  I'd have to read it over again before I realized we had jumped into the future where they were already married.  Most of the time these jumps in time occurred without warning or recognition.  Even though I didn't always like the way it was written, I still really liked this book.  It has changed my view on love and marriage and I recommend it to anyone who is married, dating, in love or planning to  be any of these things one day.  Read with your tissues close at hand!

Happy Reading!

I was given a copy of this book by the publisher in exchange for my review.  All opinions are my own. 

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