Whatever the Future Holds

a story of grace, resilience, and love

Non-Fiction - Grief/Hardship
332 Pages
Reviewed on 12/20/2022
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Author Biography

Born and raised in Hartford, CT, Heidi spent her summers in Vermont. She graduated from The Loomis Chaffee School where she learned about the power and importance of the written word. She earned her undergraduate degree from Middlebury College and her graduate degree from Dartmouth College. She honed her skills as a creative writer at both institutions. When she was 23, her boyfriend at the time was diagnosed with ALS, Lou Gehrig's disease, and was given 6-12 months to live. She left her job, cared for him full time and they were married 22 days before his death. Journaling helped her while they lived with the disease as well as after his death and she eventually used those entries to write her first book.Heidi remarried and now lives in Simsbury, CT, with her husband, their four children and two dogs. She relishes the time they spend as a family. Heidi sets aside at least one hour a day to physically move her body during which time ideas, words, and sentences of future books enter her mind.

    Book Review

Reviewed by Vincent Dublado for Readers' Favorite

Whatever the Future Holds: A Story of Grace, Resilience, and Love by Heidi E. V. McCann is an up-close and moving glimpse into a real love story more powerful than any travail encountered, including death. For all its devastating effects, it leaves a lasting inspiring impression on readers. It begins in the summer of 1990 when the author first meets Curtis Roger Vance, who has a penchant for Belgian horses and racecars, and plays varsity baseball, basketball, and the drum in a high school marching band. Their relationship blossoms and eventually becomes serious, strengthened by many challenges. But the biggest challenge to their love story comes from a progressive nervous system disease that Curtis develops. Untiring efforts to prevent him from deteriorating lead to questions about evaluation, passion, optimism, faith, and love.

Whatever the Future Holds is a rare type of story that attests to the adage of 'love conquers all.' What makes this love story noteworthy is the strength that Curtis and Heidi gain from coping with uncertainty. You can feel the burdens added to Heidi’s shoulders as Curtis becomes sicker, and anxiety about care options builds, triggering difficult emotions and concerns about their future. Heidi E. V. McCann has written a moving record of her past twenty-two years of experience to gain perspective about herself and the wonderful things that Curtis added to her life. This is a beautiful tale that should be read and I highly recommend it to anyone, especially those considering giving up on life’s challenges.