120 days... The average number of days someone stays at Last Resort.
17 weeks. Surrounded by love, laughter and support.
4 months more time than they had before they walked through the door.
Real estate developer Ethan McGregor’s life was changed forever when his younger brother told him he was dying of cancer. Ethan was ready to do whatever it took to save Evan, but Evan had other plans.
Samantha Truman runs the privately-funded Last Resort. Watching her parent’s drive and determination to live longer than the doctors gave them was the inspiration for the resort. It is her heart and soul--she lives to make sure that each day is precious, and one more sunrise or sunset can make all the difference the guests at Last Resort need.
After finding his brother’s journal, and discovering more about Last Resort, Ethan is determined to find out if this place is one of those “too good to be true” places that turn out to be a scam. But he was not ready for Samantha Truman, he was not ready for everything to change, for his point of view in life to be so incredibly altered, for the world to turn its axis. There are, after all, some things Ethan can’t control, who to fall in love with is one of them.
How much can change in 120 days?
There are truly not enough words to describe how blown away I was by M. Stratton's stunning and breathtaking 120 Days... A book that had me messaging the author because this heartbreaking yet hopeful story was stellar. The story follows Ethan McGregor, a successful business man set on being the best at his job and closing the big deals. One day his younger brother Evan unexpectedly stops by and reveals that he has terminal cancer. Ethan is shocked and tells Evan that he'll get him the best treatment but Evan tells him it's too late. The reason he is there is to say goodbye.
This moment it a catalyst for change in Ethan's life. The heartbreak over his brother and Evan''s journal leads Ethan to go to the place his brother spent the last days of his life, Last Resort. While this place sounds like a haven for those terminally ill, Ethan wonders if it's a scam. While he goes to investigates he meets the resort owner, Samantha "Sam" Truman, a woman will not only challenge Ethan but also lets him see the reason why Last Resort is such a special place.
I don't think I ever read a book that had me reaching for the Kleenex box three percent into the story like 120 Days... by M. Stratton did. In fact I reached for it a few times. I'm sure you're thinking well, of course it's sad because it's a book about people dying. The thing is it's so much more. It's about living life to the fullest as much as possible. Embracing it, appreciate every sunrise and sunset you have the privilege of seeing. It's about not taking life for granted because you never know what's going to happen. So much happens in this story that it you will go through every emotion as you read it. 120 Days is a beautiful story about love, being the best person possible, laughing, and living. M. Stratton poured so much love into this book. You read it in every single page of the story through Ethan, Sam, and all the people at Last Resort. If there is a book you should read, 120 Days... is it.
Each and every one of the songs on this playlist mean a lot to this book, but these four songs I would listen to more than others while writing. Sometimes on a loop for hours at a time depending on what I was writing. The House That Built Me by Miranda LambertHeron Blue by Sun Kil Moon
Long & Lost by Florence + the Machine
M. Stratton is an International Amazon bestselling author in the romantic suspense and mystery suspense categories for her Storm Series and Bender. She lives with her husband and son in Arizona, which is a big difference from where she grew up north of Chicago Illinois. As an only child she learned to tell herself stories to make the long winters go by quicker while dreaming of summer vacations. Now as an adult she still makes up stories to pass the time, but now she writes them down to share with other people.
Stratton is a self-proclaimed dork who loves to make people laugh. Her inner rock star is always on stage performing to a sold out crowd, but she quiet and shy on the outside. She spends her days plotting new ways to surprise her readers.