John and Jackie first laid eyes on each other when they were twelve years old. Now, seventy-one years later, Jack prepares to give his beloved husband the ultimate gift. Before he does, they'll relive five key moments from their younger lives together over the course of a single afternoon. From their first meeting and first kiss to the violence of an abusive father and the heartache of growing up, these moments have defined who they have become. As sunset approaches, John will show the depths of his love for the one man who has made him whole: his Jackie. They'll soon learn there is no force more powerful than their devotion to one another.
If you want your heart strings pulled, you've come to the right place with John & Jackie. Once again, TJ Klune doesn't disappoint.
This is a story about meeting the love of your life early on, then becoming one another's entire world. But as lives go, they always end at some point -- even if that's after someone owning your heart for 71 very happy years.
At 83, due to the constant, intense pain caused by John's terminal, inoperable cancer, he asks Jackie to once again be there for him when he needs him the most. Jackie isn't happy with the decision, but understands and can't allow John to linger in so much pain indefinitely.
This sets the stage for the last two hours of John's life, as they tell one another things that they feel need to be said before they no longer can.
During these two hours, they relive five memories from their first 18 years together, all of which are defining moments in who 'John & Jackie' are together, which I found extremely touching.
I'd hoped that John & Jackie's story would end the way that it actually did, so I wasn't overly shocked when it happened, but I got what I was hoping for, so who could be disappointed by that? Not me. : )
If the book left me wanting, it was only for *more*, but TJ's books always leave me in that state. They're just that good, so I truly hate to reach the end.
Suggestion: Read this one in *one* sitting, if at all possible. I couldn't, but wish that I had.
A copy of this book was provided by the publisher for a fair, unbiased review.
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