If I Could Give You A Day
Women’s Fiction/Fantasy Category
Complacent, self-made millionaire Scott Northwood wakes up one morning to discover he’s been given the ability to extend the lives of people who are about to die just when they are on the verge of achieving something important.
But there’s a catch—he must shorten his own lifespan by an equivalent amount of time.
Scott plunges into a moral and emotional maelstrom as his desire to live out his own comfortable life collides with a growing sense of obligation to transfer time to others who are clearly more deserving. Complicating matters, he falls deeply in love.
“Richards’s intriguing debut novel explores various weighty questions, such as the definition of a well-lived life.
The plot keeps a sharp pace. The book poses many morally fraught questions: Isn’t each person’s life worth saving equally? Who can determine the value of a life? Is it wise to really play God?
Bonus points: the Pacific Northwest is painted with a vibrant, saturated palette.”
– Kirkus Reviews
“Every Nicholas Sparks fan, any reader of The Shack or Pay It Forward will absolutely love this book. Heartening, uplifting and romantic! If it’s possible for a novel to make you a better person, this might be the one to do it.” – Victoria Skurnick,
Former Editor-in-Chief – The Book of the Month Club
“Richards leaves little doubt of a promising future on best seller lists. This book takes more than one totally unexpected turn pushing the engaged reader not to put the book down until the end. The plot line insists that the reader stay the course—likely with a huge box of tissues at hand!
The descriptive material makes me want to pack and travel to the Pacific Northwest. This is an excellent first (or twenty-first) novel. It is one that will stay with me.”
– Judge’s Critique, Writer’s Digest Self-Published Book Awards
BySteve G.on January 12, 2015
A beautifully poignant and heartfelt tale of a metaphysical "what if?" that we've all felt in those times of wanting to help someone in need, in any way possible. It's pace is equal to the slow and thoughtful walks the main character takes amongst the misty woods and you can feel the author's hand around your shoulders as he guides you from one emotional moment to the next. Human nature is cleverly made a huge character in this novel with all its ugly blemishes on display, but by the end, "If I Could Give You a Day", drags it from its selfish roots and elevates it to a profoundly spiritual place of empathy and sacrifice. And there's a dog, too!
ByTonyon November 1, 2016
A compelling story with well drawn characters that looks at questions of love, life and sacrifice. I will read this again.
Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one's life for one's friends. - Jesus of Nazareth
ByDennis Fauston June 26, 2015
Clever premise with excellent characterizations and the interest of local Pacific Northwest places and attitudes apparent throughout. I really enjoyed how the story pulled me along to see what happened next. If you're looking for a heart warming story this is it.
ByPamela Grinteron December 4, 2014
I enjoyed this story and it's thought provoking twists. The characters were engaging and I wouldn't mind seeing more of them in other books. The book moved along nicely, and I looked forward to picking it up to read.
ByMary Justiceon June 15, 2014
This is a wonderful story that captures the human spirit at its very best. It touches on compassion, kindness and leaves you with the need to examine your own life and how to engage with others in a more meaningful way. The story would make a great movie.
ByC.Curtison August 8, 2014
I really loved this book. Great character development with many interesting ideas that open up questions for all of us. This would not only be a great book club pick, but would make a wonderful movie.
ByRebecca Sigleyon November 26, 2015
Is an interesting and emotional book! Great read!
ByLainfanta.kateon December 4, 2014
Love, redemption, dogs and the Pacific Northwest--four of my favorite things! I agree, this would make a great movie!
BySeattle Readeron May 20, 2014
If I Could Give You A Day is a story about being given a choice. Do you value someone else's life enough to give up some of your own time in this world? The novel is a fun read with a strong metaphysical theme. It is easy to get into the characters - they are well defined and you follow the emotions and choices they face. The relationships that develop and the way the story unfolds keeps you turning the pages to find out what happens next. It does evoke emotion and it does make you think about your own life in context of how you would react to this proposition. I could easily see this being turned into a movie - the characters, the setting and the story line would be fun to see on the big screen! And because I live in the Northwest - it was fun to have the story unfolding in a familiar setting.
ByAmazon Customeron May 10, 2014
This book is a great read. It is entertaining and thought provoking. You will become emotionally involved with the characters who are real and believable. Scott's journey will make you stop and go hmmm at each turn. Why DO bad things happen to good people??
ByJohnSmithon June 9, 2014
This is a well written and entertaining read, with a clever plot line. It maintains your interest and keeps you wondering what the next twist in the plot will be.
Byscott bevieron May 29, 2014
Original story that keeps you guessing and leaves you thinking. Great story weaving spirituality with modern day living trials and tribulations.
About the Author
Dave lives with his wife Marigene on an island in Western Washington, surrounded by water, mountains, and forests.
Although the weather in the Northwest tends to be a little on the wet side, Dave never tires of it. Indeed, he finds the ever-changing nuances of gray to be a source of daily inspiration. ‘If I Could Give You a Day’ is his first novel.
- Love Story
- Women's Fiction/Fantasy