A poignant and provocative romance about a remarkable leap of faith from New York Times bestselling author Sally Mandel Funny, sad, tender, and triumphant Kristin Hannah, author of Fly Away and Summer IslandAnna Bolles is a born athlete whose life was irrevocably changed after a multiple sclerosis diagnosis five years ago Anna fills her days with the vibrancy of life in New York City, teaching at a private school, but shutting the door on any possible romance Until Joe Malone enters her lifeA businessman, pilot, and amateur photographer, Joe Malone has it all except happiness He sees far in Anna than just her MS diagnosis, and takes Anna on a roller coaster of love, hope, and hanging on A novel of soaring spirit, steadfast love, and the willingness to reach for dreamsA wonderful bookfilled with hope and faith Luanne Rice, author of The Lemon Orchard Treat yourself to OUT OF THE BLUE, a joyful roller coaster of a story about love and hope and hanging on A wonderful read Jennifer Crusie, author of Welcome to Temptation This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers To view it, click here A girl with M.S falls for a guy and after arguing about whether they should start a relationship they end up getting married The guy s argument was that since he used to change his grandma s soiled diapers when she became incontinent, he s ready for any M.S relapse his future wife has Yesa romantic proposal Full of cliches and themes that are often repeated in romance novels. This book was so gawd awful, I made it one chapter and one page before tossing it aside And that was FORCING myself to read it.Page 5 I set my brake in front of the photograph..knew I was going to be a while looking at it.Page 6 He grabbed the handles of my chair and pushed me.out the doors WHAT ABOUT THE BRAKE, IDIOT Page 9 I could hear Ma buzzing in my ear Whoa, there, Annie you re in deep doo doo except she wouldn t have said doo doo I suppose it s my f This book was so gawd awful, I made it one chapter and one page before tossing it aside And that was FORCING myself to read it.Page 5 I set my brake in front of the photograph..knew I was going to be a while looking at it.Page 6 He grabbed the handles of my chair and pushed me.out the doors WHAT ABOUT THE BRAKE, IDIOT Page 9 I could hear Ma buzzing in my ear Whoa, there, Annie you re in deep doo doo except she wouldn t have said doo doo I suppose it s my form of rebellion I never use what I consider to be vulgar curse words, except to quote Ma Only you just quoted Ma and DIDN T use the curse word, now did you And wouldn t Ma s VOICE be buzzing in your ear, not Ma, herself Page 11 It wasn t until we d left the restaurant for the part that I got him to open up I use the term advisedly since he imparted information in such a detached manner First, you didn t use the term advisedly Second, what the HELL is advisedly , anyhow And third, YOU are imparting information in a detached manner I hated this pretentious, horribly disconnected, uninteresting and terribly written book I ve never in my LIFE stopped on page 15, completely sure that something was so bad that it didn t deserveof a chance than that But here it is The first deemed worthless within a mere dozen pages book.Do Not Bother I can relate to some of this story as I also have MS However, I cannot relate to Anna not wanting to take meds out of her denial of the diseasewhat It s really the other way around I wanted to be on meds ASAP so as to hide any symptoms I had so no one could guess what was going on with me You can t deny hide your symptoms if they are out there in plain view, so that really did not make sense to me at all One thing the author explained in a new way that I liked was this idea of an alien I can relate to some of this story as I also have MS However, I cannot relate to Anna not wanting to take meds out of her denial of the diseasewhat It s really the other way around I wanted to be on meds ASAP so as to hide any symptoms I had so no one could guess what was going on with me You can t deny hide your symptoms if they are out there in plain view, so that really did not make sense to me at all One thing the author explained in a new way that I liked was this idea of an alien taking over your thoughts and the words that come out of your mouth when you have MS, that is really true.I did not appreciate the expletives in the story, they were not necessary and really added nothing to the flow of the story, so one less star on my vote for that alone The author has great vocabulary, so it was a shame she weaves in junk slang, waste of time Sweet love story with the main character coming to terms with M.S Very good information about M.S. Makes you think and be grateful for good health, but also know how truly strong people can be when faced with challenges that are not challenges for most of the world This is definitely a worthy read. God That was so beautiful, reading this book I couldn t stop crying during the last part of it It was just awesome. Loved this story. A Teacher with multiple schlerosis and her sassy mother live in NYC The girl falls in love with an airline businessman Very good. I read this years ago in high school and remember liking it a lotFor some reason this second reading was difficult I didn t really understand why Anna and Joe loved each other I suppose they had strong physical chemistry because many of their conversations felt flat Joe s emotionally closed off character was frustrating and I didn t feel like I got to know him Anna also annoyed me with her frequent episodes of I m thinking something but I m not going to say it I struggled with the mo I read this years ago in high school and remember liking it a lotFor some reason this second reading was difficult I didn t really understand why Anna and Joe loved each other I suppose they had strong physical chemistry because many of their conversations felt flat Joe s emotionally closed off character was frustrating and I didn t feel like I got to know him Anna also annoyed me with her frequent episodes of I m thinking something but I m not going to say it I struggled with the mother going on vacation for over 2 weeks right after her daughter had returned from the hospital Very unlike the caring character Mandel had established Many sub plots were left undeveloped like why Joe and his father no longer spoke, why Celeste shut Gus out, Frank and Joe s relationship, etc Towards the end of the book, Joe and Anna go to a sushi restaurant and Anna reminisces about the time she expanded Joe s horizons by encouraging him to try sushi I didn t understand why Mandel withheld this scene from us when the book had thus far been establishing their relationship It s weird to be reading a romance novel and then have the main character reminisce about something you should have read 50 pages back Aren t we following Anna on this journey But if the book wasabout MS than anything else, Mandel did a great job presenting the disease in all of its ugly glory There s no sugar coating Anna s disability and I thought Mandel did a great job here Overall, this is a book you take with you to the beach Not for readers looking for a bitsubstance