Gliterary Girl Book Tours presents the blog tour for the release of OUT OF AGONY, Book #4 in the Starting Over Series, by Author Lynette Endicott.
Brian Van Pelt has barely survived an anguished year of loss, hiding his sorrows under the facade of a cool and uncaring attorney. Not able to deny his grief any long, heartache drives him to collapse and his life takes an unexpected turn. When Jessie Ingram comes to work at his law firm, she is intrigued by the conflicting darkness of Brian's behavior and the tender inconsistencies that hint at something deeper within him. Despite her interest, she has her own pain, supporting her niece Sara, who has a virulent cancer with aggressive treatments that take such a toll they would not be worth it — except they are Sara's only hope of survival. Will life’s hardships bring Brian and Jessie together? Will they be able to heal and possibly find love?
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"The nurse took your vitals. Everything looks good -- blood pressure, temp. On a scale of one to ten how is your pain?"
Sara shot Jessie a look. "Seven, I guess."
That was high, but Sara's hesitation made her wonder if it wasn't even higher. "Sara, don't make it sound better for me. You need to keep ahead of the pain."
Sara nodded a little sheepishly. "Okay, eight, or maybe eight and a half. Not as bad as sometimes."
This stunned Jessie. She'd never asked Sara if her cancer hurt. "That's quite a bit of pain," she noted quietly.
Sara turned tear-filled eyes to her. "Don't tell mom or dad, okay? They already worry too much."
"You can tell them anything you want them to know. It's up to you, sweetie. Not me."
"Okay," Dr. Booker interrupted, "we will up the pain meds, too. Sara, don't wait until you hurt to take them. Take them like you do your other pills -- every day. The pain is hard to calm down if you wait too long. Those pain receptors start firing on all cylinders and it's hard to stop them.""
"I know." While Sara and the doctor continued to discuss her condition, reality sunk in. Sara really could die from this cancer. She squeezed her eyes shut and begged God to intervene.
When Dr. Booker finished, she took one of Sara's elbows and helped her down. They went down the hall toward the treatment room.
"Hey, Sara." A young man in scrubs greeted her with a quick hug. "Welcome back. Pick a chair while I get a blanket from the warmer for you."
They were early, so Sara had her choice of chairs and picked one with a view of the gardens.
The young man fussed over Sara, tucking the blanket around her as he chatted.
"Seth, this is my Aunt Jessie. I don't think you were here the last time she came with me. She moved back to Santa Fe, though, so she is going to come with me for all my treatments for awhile."
The young man turned his warm smile on her. "Sara's talked about you coming. I know she is really glad to have you here."
"Can I get you anything to drink? Juice or water?"
Sara shook her head. "I'm fine for now. I want my book, though."
Jessie reached into Sara's treatment backpack and pulled out her tablet computer and handed it to her. They settled in for a long day as Seth set up the liquids that would flow into her tiny body over the coming hours.
Jessie blinked back her tears. Life was so unfair. Why did Sara have to be one of the unlucky ones, one who had to fight for her life like this?