This is a book that is so sad and honest that it will make you recoil at the unfairness of Trevor Greene’s life. However, upon completing the book, you will be more inspired than saddened by his story. It is still so sad that people have to endure such cruelty in the twenty-first century. But unfortunately these things happen to quite a few people.
At the age of forty-one, Trevor Green, a journalist and a reservist in the Canadian forces we deployed to Afghanistan, leaving behind his fiancée, Debbie, and their young daughter, Grace.
On March 4th, 2006, while meeting with elders in a remote village in Kandahar Province, Trevor removed his helmet, confident that a centuries-old pact would protect him from hard.
However, without warning, a teenage boy under the influence of the Taliban walked up behind him and landed a rusty axe in his skull, nearly splitting his brain in two.
Initially, Debbie was told that Trevor would never come out of his coma. When he did, she was told that he would never be able to move on his own. But Debbie never left Trevor’s side, and after years of rehabilitation, setbacks and crises, Trevor not only learned how to talk and move again, but, in July 2010, he stood up at his wedding. Debbie at his side and Grace carrying their rings down the aisle as the flower girl.
This book is a remarkable story of love, told in two voices: first in Trevor’s up until the attack; then in Debbie’s as she works tirelessly to rehabilitate her fiancé.
Together, Trevor and Debbie have written the next chapter in their remarkable story.
Rating: 5 stars
Reviewed by: Irene S. Roth