The Light Through The Pouring Rain is a memoir of a young couple battling a cancer diagnosis. James Ruvalcaba, the surviving husband, tells the story of his lost partner, Anabel. As you would expect by this summary and the title, the book deals with tragedy. In fact, the prelude sets out the normative stages of grief with a brief word from the author. The book reads quickly from stage to stage.
Most of us have someone we love carry a diagnosis of cancer and many of the vignettes – perhaps that is the best phrase for the chapters – drew me back to my own experiences as I walked through terminal cancers of my father and mother-in-law as well as my mom’s successful battle with brain cancer.
The scene about the hair cut and that moment where a woman must shave her head was particularly touching. In other chapters the author gives transparency about he and Anabel’s sex life, how their social life shifted and then closed, and that often experienced last vacation together in the midst of the diagnosis and rollercoaster of treatment. Jame’s prose are easy to read and engaging because they are honest.
He shares how he felt in the moment, how Anabel experienced her journey, and their ups and downs.
There are moments of “What the f**k is going on here? Why does it feel like we’re going backward and she’s getting worse, not better?”
There are also moments of James telling her “I will always love you always and forever. I promise this to you, that I will make sure people know who you are and your story.” As memoirs go this one is both gritty and well written on a topic many can find connection.
I was given a copy of the book for review in conjunction with Lola’s Blog Tours. The opinions are my own. See my review on AMAZON here.
Bookstagram Blitz The Light Through the Pouring Rain by James Ruvalcaba
This is my stop during the bookstagram blitz for The Light Through the Pouring Rain by James Ruvalcaba. This memoir is a true story about a young couple’s battle with cancer.
This bookstagram blitz is organized by Lola's Blog Tours and runs from 16 till 22 August. See the tour schedule here: http://www.lolasblogtours.net/bookstagram-blitz-the-light-through-the-pouring-rain-by-james-ruvalcaba
Don’t miss the tour wide giveaway! 5 winners will a $10 Amazon gift card. You can enter the giveaway at the bottom of this post.
The Light Through the Pouring Rain
By James Ruvalcaba
Genre: Non-fiction Memoir
My story is about my Fiancee Anabel and I as we experienced the trials and tribulations of a Cancer treatment. We both were in our twenties when this diagnosis halted our lives plans. With no clear road map on how to navigate through our new normal, we proceeded into uncharted territory, hand-in-hand, with the love of our families and our faith in God to guide us.
You can watch the book trailer here on Youtube: https://youtu.be/CSlRECKmS2Y
About the Author:
Hello, I'm James Ruvalcaba. I am the Author of “The Light Through the Pouring Rain.”
I am a family man and hold them near and dear to me. I am a down to Earth person that loves creating conversations. I believe the more we communicate the more we see the beauty of God's previous workings. In pursuit of my God given mission I began writing because of a promise I made to my Fiance on her last day. I wanted to honor my fiance's legacy and to be a testimony of God's goodness. I continue to tell stories and hope to achieve telling stories that uplift others, give some perspective on life and to walk away with a sense of inspiration. If they can take lessons and perspectives given in my words to their own lives then I feel I accomplished what I set out to do.
- Website: https://thelightthroughthepouringrain.com/
- Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/james.ruvalcaba.39/
- Twitter: https://twitter.com/JamesMruvalcaba
- Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/jamesmruvalcaba/
There is a tour wide giveaway for the bookstagram blitz for The Light Through the Pouring Rain. Five winners will each win a $10 Amazon gift card.
You can enter the giveaway here: https://smarturl.it/LightThroughTheRain