Saturday, February 28, 2009


Have you ever loved someone so much that you would do anything for them? Even if it meant giving up what ultimately meant the most to you - them?

Stephen Lovely's debut novel Irreplaceable visits a topic that many families and couples, thankfully, do not have to encounter often, organ donation. Lovely takes you through the emotions and turmoil associated with loosing a loved on at such a young age while incorporating the joy of receiving new life.

When Alex's young wife Isabel dies suddenly, he is faced with granting Isabel her final wish - organ donation. Janet Corcoran, a 34 year old mother of two, is on the receiving end of Isabel's traumatic death. After years of suffering heart disease and secretly wishing for a 'new' heart of her own, Janet gets her wish. What Janet doesn't realize is that along with the joy of receiving a new life comes the guilt that goes with taking the life, the heart, of another.

Lovely also explores the newly formed friendship between Isabel's and Janet's mothers. While the mothers seek solace and enjoy their new found friendship, the relationship troubles Alex. He doesn't want to know about Janet, her family and the life they are living. Add in the driver of the car that killed Isabel, Jasper, and the circle of life continues to expand.

Irreplaceable is impeccably written and provides true and honest emotions without being overly sappy. It is definitely a book worth reading! Put it on your nightstand today!