The doctor's diagnosis for April Lancaster is not good. April has a brain tumor which cannot be operated on. She's only 18, and her future is uncertain. But when she meets Mark Gianni, a 21-year-old with a passion for car racing, things change.Mark is handsome and charming--and has cystic fibrosis. Despite herself, April falls completely in love with him. April says yes when Mark asks her to marry him. But a racing accident aggravates Mark's CF, and April must make a decision that will change the course of her life forever.From the Paperback edition.
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June 08, 1997
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Excerpt from Till Death Do Us Part by Lurlene McDaniel
Once they were in the privacy of her room, Chris took her in his arms and kissed her. "I hate to leave you for a whole week." The soccer team was playing a tournament in Pennsylvania over the break. "Go have a good time. But not too good a time." He stayed for another hour before he kissed her goodbye. Alone, she felt the gloom return. It would be another couple of hours before her parents would arrive. Stop acting like a baby,she told herself. This isn't like before. You're seventeen now, not five. She was sitting up in her bed clicking through the TV channels with the remote control when someone rapped on her door. "Come in," she called. The door slowly opened, and the boy from the rec room stood there. "Hi," he said with a sunny grin. "Do I know you?" she asked. "Mark Gianni." He held out his hand. She took it cautiously. His grip was warm, his palm rough. He was tall and had curling dark brown hair and intense deep brown eyes. But Kelli had been right. He was thin, almost gaunt. "And you're here because...?" She allowed the sentence to trail. "Because I want you to know that you're the most beautiful girl I've ever seen. And I thought I should introduce myself. I mean, we should get to know each other. Since you're the girl I intend to marry." From the Paperback edition.