THIS PIECE OF MY SOUL is the continuation of Andrew and Caryn Chadwick’s story. The novel starts out with the couple getting ready to go on vacation to celebrate their second anniversary. Unexpectedly, Andrew gets a lucrative offer to sign with the Tampa Suns, where they relocate from St. Louis. Andrew suffers a life-threatening injury that puts the couple’s marriage through some major tests.
The plot was very compelling and emotional. The couple truly loves one another. They are a good team. They didn’t want to hurt each other, but continually seemed to do so. They were put in a difficult situation with a lot of obstacles. My heart went out to both characters. Prior to the accident, things were going well for them. They are deeply in love, and they would do anything for each other. It was interesting to see how they reacted to things differently, like the accident.
Andrews physical therapist, Kristen Turner, caused some tension within the story. She was a manipulative character. Add in the strain from Caryn’s parents and the couple has unneeded extra stress to their situation.
Andrew and Caryn make some wonderful new friends from the Tampa Suns. I love Kelly and John Peterson. I love all the support from Andrew’s brother, Tom. I think it is great that he temporarily relocates to help the couple out. I love that Dr. Forster mentors him. I also appreciate, Lauren’s friendship with Caryn. She alleviates a lot of stress for Caryn.
I read a lot of sport fiction. I appreciated the look down the road to recovery for an athlete and how long the process can be. Recognizing the pressures, it puts on the athlete and family.
I really enjoyed THIS PIECE OF MY SOUL. It was an emotional look at how quickly things can change. It is a story about love and perseverance. I did feel the story occasionally dragged, which is why I am giving 4.5 verses five stars. However, I really enjoyed the story, and recommend the read. I like how the story ended. I cannot wait for the next book in the series. I voluntarily reviewed an advance reader copy of this book.