Get Broken was released in August of 2009 and is John Herbert's first
book. It is the story of his first wife's death but also and perhaps more
importantly, the story of the untimely and unlikely relationship that
followed with the young woman who lived next door and who has been his
wife for the last twenty-seven years.
John falls in love with Peggy Reilly the moment he meets
her New Year's Eve. Nine years
of marriage and two children later, nothing has changed. The beautiful
Irish girl with the thick, black shining hair and sparkling brilliant blue
eyes is still the center of his world.
when Peggy tells him one Saturday night in July that she can't go sailing
because she is too tired to move, John's concerned.
When Peggy is diagnosed with acute myelogenous leukemia later that
week, he's terrified. And when
she dies seventeen days later, he's shattered, his world destroyed.
why then just days after Peggy's death does he call Nancy Charlton, the
young woman who once lived next door, and ask her out to dinner? Why does
journey from love lost to love found makes readers laugh and makes readers
cry. But most of all it makes them think as they explore with him
society's unwritten rules about how a person is supposed to grieve.
married people will experience the death of a spouse at some point in
their life. The message of Rules Get Broken
is that how we react to the loss of a spouse should be an
individual decision and should not have to conform to a societal
expectation of what is "proper."
Get Broken is proving to be a controversial book - the kind of book that
fosters intense, at times even heated, debate - but it also provides
compelling and inspirational insight to people who have lost a spouse or
who know someone who has.
Get Broken deals with love lost, love found, and the collateral damage
along the way and demonstrates what love is...and isn't.
Herbert's simple, elemental style, unique insight, and rare sensitivity
make Rules Get Broken an unforgettable love story.
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