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Before I Go

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A heart-wrenching debut novel in the bestselling tradition of P.S. I Love You about a young woman with breast cancer who undertakes a mission to find a new wife for her husband before she passes away.

Twenty-seven-year-old Daisy already beat breast cancer three years ago. How can this be happening to her again?

On the eve of what was supposed to be a triumphant “Cancerversary” with her husband Jack to celebrate three years of being cancer-free, Daisy suffers a devastating blow: her doctor tells her that the cancer is back, but this time it’s an aggressive stage four diagnosis. She may have as few as four months left to live. Death is a frightening prospect—but not because she’s afraid for herself. She’s terrified of what will happen to her brilliant but otherwise charmingly helpless husband when she’s no longer there to take care of him. It’s this fear that keeps her up at night, until she stumbles on the solution: she has to find him another wife.

With a singular determination, Daisy scouts local parks and coffee shops and online dating sites looking for Jack’s perfect match. But the further she gets on her quest, the more she questions the sanity of her plan. As the thought of her husband with another woman becomes all too real, Daisy’s forced to decide what’s more important in the short amount of time she has left: her husband’s happiness—or her own?

From Publishers Weekly

Sep 08, 2014 – Oakley's touching debut novel follows Daisy Richmond, who beats breast cancer at age 23, marries her college sweetheart, Jack, applies to grad school, and generally moves on with her life until shortly before her four year "cancerversary" when she learns that the cancer's back. This time it's untreatable her doctor estimates she has no more than six months to live. While Daisy once found it fun to imagine all the trips she'd take if she knew her time was up, she's now more worried about what will happen to Jack after she's gone who will put his dirty socks in the hamper, arrange repairs on their fixer-upper, and make sure he eats something other than cereal. With help from her best friend, Kayleigh, Daisy begins searching for a new wife for Jack. But after scoping out dog parks, coffee bars, and dating sites, Daisy is woefully unprepared for how she feels once she actually finds a seemingly perfect woman for him and the two appear to hit it off. The story moves forward in the expected direction even the twist at the end is not a shocker but Oakley expertly tugs at the heartstrings with well-rounded characters and a liberal dose of gallows humor.

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Before I Go

Preordered this book, was charged upon availability but it won't download. One star has nothing to do with the book, just the service.

Wonderful story, well written

I read Before I Go in a single day. Even knowing it would be an tear jerker, parts of it were still hard to read. Obviously I cried at the end.


What a great book! This is an author that I hope will write lots of books! I loved this first novel of hers! The storyline was unique, and while you wouldn't expect it to include humor, she did a great job of injecting humor & wit into this book. I thought she was spot-on with Daisy's thoughts & feelings as she faced her own mortality. I found myself being able to identify with Daisy, even though I've never had cancer or "Lots of Cancer." I did not want this book to end. I hope this author's next novel comes out SOON! I'm already looking forward to read more by her! Thank you for such a great read! I highly recommend this book!!!

Before I Go
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  • $11.99
  • Available on iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, and Mac.
  • Category: Fiction & Literature
  • Published: Jan 06, 2015
  • Publisher: Gallery Books
  • Seller: Simon and Schuster Digital Sales Inc.
  • Print Length: 320 Pages
  • Language: English
  • Requirements: To view this book, you must have an iOS device with iBooks 1.3.1 or later and iOS 4.3.3 or later, or a Mac with iBooks 1.0 or later and OS X 10.9 or later.

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