In And Then It Happened by Linda Green, a married couple who have known each other since they were kinds was about to celebrate their tenth wedding anniversary. When things go smoothly and everything seems to fall right in its place, do you ever fear that there might be something lurking around the corner ready to destroy your happiness? Mel is grateful for her loving husband and a beautiful daughter. She doesn’t want to tempt the faith by showing it off, by celebrating their happiness at a big party that her husband is determined to throw. She takes her umbrella on a sunny clear day, just in case. Adam finds her caution endearing but there is something she hasn’t told him about. Mel carries a dark secret, one that make cause her happiness to crumble. She did something terrible and is afraid that what she has, might be taken away from her as a punishment.
While Adam plans a surprise party as a way of thanking his wife for all the happy years they have had together, the faith has something else in store for them. A day before their big do, a freak accident changes their lives forever.
A skull of a tyrannosaurus rex with a nick name Monty placed at the museum where Adam works, lands on Adams head and knocks him unconscious. He is transported into a hospital and reminds in coma for quite some time. His wife spends her evenings researching the Internet in order to learn as much as she can about his condition. (The same the author herself most likely did, as it seems she has done a great deal of research).
Mel is wishing for her husband to get better, to open his eyes. When he finally does however, things are not looking as great as she have hoped for. The doctors declare that he his in a vegetative and not making any more progress, and that there is nothing more they can do for him. They recommend a nursing home care. Mel is devastated but refuses to believe that her husband will not be returning to her. We as readers see that her believe that Adam is still somewhere inside the still body is not without grounds. We get to see his perspective which makes the story even more compelling. Adam adds a kind of a black humour to the book, creates a running commentary to the things that are happening around him. While people visit him and spend hours at his bed side unaware of his consciousness, he serves as a confessional and hears their secrets, deepest thoughts, dreams and feelings. He learns his wife’s secret.
If you would like to find out if Mel ever gets her husband back, I encourage you to read the book, it is a fast page turner. Overall a good read, so 3 dinosaurs, butterflies or bed time stories.
Dinosaurs, butterflies or bed time stories rating
– one of the best books I read
– good read
– disappointed, I thought it was going to be better
– don’t waste your time