Touchable Love by Becky Due
Christy has dreams of becoming a successful photographer, but she has lived fast and wild, and fears she has contracted HIV. In an attempt to get her life back on track, she starts working for Paul, a successful, gay photographer who is dying of AIDS. He wants her to photograph his journey to death for a book to help others avoid his mistakes and encourage them to get tested.
And so begins the untraditional love story of Christy and Paul. Experiencing real love for the first time in her life, she secretly fights to keep him alive against his unflinching decision to refuse treatment for his condition. As Paul’s health deteriorates, Brian, Paul’s nurse, enters their lives—and falls in love with Christy.
Christy becomes deeply depressed and isolates herself from everyone, including Brian. The months pass until one day she sees Paul’s publisher and lawyer on TV promoting Paul’s book. She realizes that she wants to make a difference—she wants to finish what Paul and she started.
So Christy begins the work of taking her life back. She reconnects with Brian, connects with other women, and searches for the courage to face her past and get tested. HIV positive or not, she wants to begin her new life.
I have previously reviewed another novel by Becky Due, The Dumpster, and it was not for me. I did really appreciate the author emailing me thanking me for giving her a try, and she did offer to send me another title for my thoughts. I thought this was great, because I have been blasted by authors for more favorable reviews, which is really disheartening as a book blogger. So I did appreciate Due and even though I was a bit apprehensive, I gave Touchable Love a go. I again just couldn’t get into the book. It took me almost to the end to connect with the characters, and even though there was a nice little twist ending that I caught, it was hard for me to really get into it because I struggled throughout the majority of the book. I’m bummed that it didn’t work out for me, but again, I commend Becky Due for her professionalism in this industry.