Grace and Tom Penderford had a strong marriage, a comfortable home in the Hertfordshire countryside, and a healthy baby girl. They were happy. They were normal. But soon after Chloe turns three, tragedy strikes. A disease called Sepsis claims the life of their daughter, devastating their little family. The Penderfords had never heard of Sepsis - a cruel, indiscriminate disease that claims a life somewhere in the world every three and a half seconds. Now, with their world crumbling, they must mend each others broken hearts... and try to save their marriage if they can.
Three and a Half Heartbeats is the third book I have read by Amanda Prowse and I found this such a moving read that hit me hard with real facts at the beginning of each chapter. The storyline focuses on Grace and Tom who have such a precious and loving little girl Chloe, they live in a beautiful home and Grace is very focused on her career which pays the bills. The picture perfect family has their heart broken when Chloe falls ill and with her parents not recognising the symptoms of sepsis they didn't realise how serious things were.
This has to be one of a very few amount of books that I have read that has left me thinking and feeling so overwhelmed because this is a book that delivers a hard message and brings awareness to Sepsis in a hard hitting way. At the beginning of each chapter we are given information and statistics about Sepsis and as each chapter progressed I was finding each statistic more shocking. I have heard of Sepsis before but I never really knew what it was and I certainly lay wouldn't know the warning signs to look out for so this book has really taught me something that could be life saving.
The book is full of raw, emotion and the author has dealt with the subject matter so delicately. The author not only brings awareness to this awful disease but she also shows the effect grief has on relationships and this she delivers beautifully.
This is one to really pull at the heart strings but for all the right reasons as this book will have you wanting to spread the word for everyone just to take a couple of minutes to look up what the symptoms are to look for for this horrendous disease. The proceeds from this book is going straight to the Sepsis Trust so just buying this book will make a difference. I have been unable to read a book since finishing this one as it had a big impact on me.