Joshua and Lauren are the perfect couple. Newly married, they’re wildly in love, each on a successful and rewarding career path. Then Lauren is diagnosed with a terminal illness.
As Lauren’s disease progresses, Joshua struggles to make the most of the time he has left with his wife and to come to terms with his future—a future without the only woman he’s ever loved. He’s so consumed with finding a way to avoid the inevitable ending that he never imagines his life after Lauren.
But Lauren has a plan to keep her husband moving forward. A plan hidden in the letters she leaves him. In those letters, one for every month in the year after her death, Lauren leads Joshua on a journey through pain, anger, and denial. It’s a journey that will take Joshua from his attempt at a dinner party for family and friends to getting rid of their bed…from a visit with a psychic medium to a kiss with a woman who isn’t Lauren. As his grief makes room for laughter and new relationships, Joshua learns Lauren’s most valuable lesson: The path to happiness doesn’t follow a straight line.
Pack up the Moon is a perfect journey of love and loss.
I enjoyed how Lauren left letters for Josh following her death, and while I thought the story would be too sad for me, I also liked that the letters and the grief journey were mixed in with tales of their love connection. Back and forth in time, we come to know this couple and love their unique story.
As Josh begins to move forward, we still catch the occasional glimpses of the life the two had together. I wanted to see more of them, and found myself smiling a lot, too, even though I had to keep a Kleenex handy for the sad moments.
As much as I enjoyed the two of them, sometimes I felt like Lauren was almost too good to be true. But the connection between the couple felt real.
An unforgettable couple with that something special we all want in our lives, this tale earned 4.5 stars from me.