“It started as therapy for me to get through the grieving process,” says author Kirk Forbes. “At first I was just going to put our e-mail updates written during Kristen’s illness into a notebook for friends and family to read. I thought maybe it would help them too.”
Then Forbes discovered that his daughter had kept her own journal during her illness – two books filled with emotional and insightful day-to-day accounts of her agony, her treatment, her hopes, her sense of humor, her fears and her unwavering faith.
Together, Kristen’s own words and the e-mail updates tell the tender and heartbreaking story of a bright and hopeful young woman’s last year of life. But Love, Kristen does more than tell a story. It recounts Forbes’ own relentless research into cervical cancer, its cause and treatment as well as the stigma surrounding the disease and the controversy over the vaccine which can prevent it.
The author, an airline pilot by profession, has written a masterful and gripping narrative in a straight-forward, easy-to-read language worthy of the most polished professional writer.
After reading Love, Kristen, her own physician told Kirk, “You have done what no one else has been able to do; you have put a face on this dreaded disease.” An Indianapolis area TV reviewer told her audience, “I could not put it down. It is a compelling story… a wonderful read. Everyone needs to read this book.” Another reader said “It was so uplifting, heartbreaking, funny, and powerful - I cried, I laughed, I sobbed, I smiled!”
Forbes will be touring this summer and fall to promote Love, Kristen. The book will be at the Florida Library Conference in Orlando, the New York BookExpo America and the San Francisco Book Festival.
For more information and excerpts go to www.kristeneve.org
Publisher - iUniverse ISBN 978-1-4401-1384-