Published October 1, 2014 by Light Messages Publishing
Lara Blaine believes that she can hide from her past by clinging to a rigid routine of work and exercise. She endures her self-imposed isolation until a cancer diagnosis cracks her hard exterior. Lara’s journey through cancer treatment should be the worst year of her life. Instead, it is the year that she learns how to live. She befriends Jane, another cancer patient who teaches her how to be powerful even in the face of death. Accepting help from the people around her allows Lara to confront the past and discover that she is not alone in the world. With the support of her new friends, Lara gains the courage to love and embrace life. Like climbing the Eiffel Tower, the year Lara meets Jane is tough, painful, and totally worth it.
Elizabeth Heins has taken on quite a few tough subjects in one book. Blaine is a lonely person. She really has no friends after alienating herself from everyone after a rough upbringing. Then she collapses at the gym and is taken to the doctor only to find out there is something horribly wrong with her. She is all alone while dealing with so much. I was impressed by the finesse and understand Elizabeth had for dealing with such tough subjects.
While this story starts out so sad and depressing it only goes up from there. Blaine was written in a way that made me feel sympathetic and understanding to why she ended up the way she has. She is an entirely realistic character that was easy to relate to. As she continues to struggle with her life and the decisions she has to make I could feel her grow stronger and more positive.
I cried, laughed, and was woke up as to what should be important in life. The story in How to Climb the Eiffel Tower is realistic and touching. I will recommend this story to readers looking to have their heart touched and their eyes opened.