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Reviewed by Rabia Tanveer for Readers' Favorite
Delsey Prodigal by Sue Lloyd is the story of a young man named Tom Bardsley and his father Frank. Tom lives in a small village, but he has big dreams. He dreams of becoming a lawyer and when life gives him the chance, he takes it with both hands and goes along for the ride. Throughout his academic career, he meets with people who give him a different insight on life. Some become his lifelong friends, some become his love interests, while some of them make him wonder if his decision to move this far away from home was right.
Frank was living his life the best he could when he was diagnosed with a deadly untreatable cancer. When his son left for college, his forever strong wife became his strength and his reason to live and fight the disease. Frank knows that his life is about to end, but he wants his wife to know how much she means to him. He also hopes for her to survive this and come out of the ordeal as an even stronger person.
Delsey Prodigal is definitely one of the most touching stories I have read this year. As the year is drawing to a close, I am coming across novels and stories that make me reflect on my life and imagine how these characters would be if they were real. Sue Lloyd created three very relatable and real characters in this novel. You can feel their pain, their confusion, and their will to survive. This is truly a phenomenal novel.