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After divorcing her husband and moving to Arizona, Nancy is eager to build a brand new life for herself-but it's not until she meets Tim that she feels like she has a second chance at romance. He's boyish and fun, twenty years old to her thirty-two, and she feels herself blossom under his affection. Even more unexpected is the development of a meaningful friendship with his After divorcing her husband and moving to Arizona, Nancy is eager to build a brand new life for herself-but it's not until she meets Tim that she feels like she has a second chance at romance. He's boyish and fun, twenty years old to her thirty-two, and she feels herself blossom under his affection. Even more unexpected is the development of a meaningful friendship with his mother, Lynda, who Nancy is drawn to from the start. They listen to each other without judgment, share their deepest secrets, and quickly become the best of friends. Nancy soon learns that Lynda suffers from chronic pain due to old horseback injuries, however, and she's in a near-constant state of suffering. Relying on prescription drugs to get by, Lynda begins to lose hope that her condition will ever improve, as the pain becomes more and more unbearable. But when life no longer feels like it's worth living, who has the right to say when enough is enough? "Nothing for Tomorrow" explores this controversial issue through a story of life-renewing romance, long-lasting friendship, and the everyday assumptions we make about life and death.


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After divorcing her husband and moving to Arizona, Nancy is eager to build a brand new life for herself-but it's not until she meets Tim that she feels like she has a second chance at romance. He's boyish and fun, twenty years old to her thirty-two, and she feels herself blossom under his affection. Even more unexpected is the development of a meaningful friendship with his After divorcing her husband and moving to Arizona, Nancy is eager to build a brand new life for herself-but it's not until she meets Tim that she feels like she has a second chance at romance. He's boyish and fun, twenty years old to her thirty-two, and she feels herself blossom under his affection. Even more unexpected is the development of a meaningful friendship with his mother, Lynda, who Nancy is drawn to from the start. They listen to each other without judgment, share their deepest secrets, and quickly become the best of friends. Nancy soon learns that Lynda suffers from chronic pain due to old horseback injuries, however, and she's in a near-constant state of suffering. Relying on prescription drugs to get by, Lynda begins to lose hope that her condition will ever improve, as the pain becomes more and more unbearable. But when life no longer feels like it's worth living, who has the right to say when enough is enough? "Nothing for Tomorrow" explores this controversial issue through a story of life-renewing romance, long-lasting friendship, and the everyday assumptions we make about life and death.

30 review for Nothing for Tomorrow: A Memoir

  1. 4 out of 5

    Holly (Holly Hearts Books)

    I received this book through a giveaway and was excited to read it. It made me laugh, sad and left me thinking about my own life. Knowing the book is all true made me appreciate the author even more and I truly had a heavy heart with every twist and turn the book made. It was a nice change from the fantasy and science fiction books I normally reach for.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Melissa ♥ Dog/Wolf Lover ♥ Martin

    This was a FIRST READS/GOODREADS giveaway and I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read the book. I'm at such a loss for words after the ending of this book. It is so sad what some people have to go through, what can't seem to be done to help others. I just don't understand how someone in this country could be pushed to do what they have to do because there is no help. I'm not going to list any spoilers about the end of this book. I will just say it broke my heart for all invo This was a FIRST READS/GOODREADS giveaway and I would like to thank the author for the opportunity to read the book. I'm at such a loss for words after the ending of this book. It is so sad what some people have to go through, what can't seem to be done to help others. I just don't understand how someone in this country could be pushed to do what they have to do because there is no help. I'm not going to list any spoilers about the end of this book. I will just say it broke my heart for all involved. I loved the camaraderie between Nancy and Lynda! They were hilarious together. Another one of those, I wish I had a friend like that, and they didn't even meet from childhood. There were a little older. Nancy was in her 30's and started dating Lynda's 20 year old son Todd. No, that didn't last of course, but Nancy and Lynda lasted for many years through ups and downs. They had a good time with Nancy's daughter Robin, who is another great character. I would love to hear about her as an adult today :) Nancy finally meets the man of her dreams and it all falls into place eventually. I really loved reading the story of these two women. I still feel sad over how things ended. I can only imagine how Nancy felt. A very heart-felt journey. www.melissa413readsalot.blogspot.com

  3. 5 out of 5

    Sally Wakeland

    I was so excited to receive my copy of Nothing For Tomorrow yesterday. I have twice read Nancy Rossman’s first book, First Love Last Dance, and also have read some of her short stories and other submissions. One always wonders if the writing and style will be different and/or improved with subsequent books, as an author gains experience and critiquing from editors, etc. THIS is the case with her most recent memoir. Nancy’s descriptions of characters were more detailed, and feelings were more tra I was so excited to receive my copy of Nothing For Tomorrow yesterday. I have twice read Nancy Rossman’s first book, First Love Last Dance, and also have read some of her short stories and other submissions. One always wonders if the writing and style will be different and/or improved with subsequent books, as an author gains experience and critiquing from editors, etc. THIS is the case with her most recent memoir. Nancy’s descriptions of characters were more detailed, and feelings were more transparent and heart-warming. A “good read” for me is when I can feel how the author feels…..and I did on many occasions while reading this memoir. The prologue grabbed me….and from there I steadily read until I finished it! I had met Lynda, the subject of this book, many years ago. I was struck by her vivacious nature, her warm and exuberant personality, and her ability to talk to anyone about anything. She had the uncanny ability to converse with anyone in any age group, and I observed her interacting with Robin, Nancy’s young daughter. They definitely had a bond from the get-go. Interesting that I never knew that Lynda’s age was in the fifties when I met her. She was physically active (tennis mostly), and she had such a youthful appearance. Nancy, the author, has much the same vivacious personality, so I can understand the connection that they had for many years. And they were both needy in many ways. Nancy had no family out in Arizona, and Lynda didn’t really, either, although she had three sons. Nancy and Lynda became each other’s family. And Lynda was a mother figure for Nancy, which she desperately needed at that point in her life. So…I realized that there are two parts to the memoir….One part was Nancy’s resettling in Arizona, her struggles in getting acclimated to two new jobs, a couple of new love interests, her relationship with her mother, and her relationship with daughter, Robin. The other part was Nancy’s relationship with Lynda and her struggle with pain. Nancy left Ohio with the weight of the world on her shoulders. Those of us who knew her wondered if she would ever come back to live there. No surprise that she chose to settle in Arizona. She hated cold weather, and she hated the Midwest. To make a “clean break” from her husband and Robin, her toddler daughter, must have been so difficult for her. It was difficult for her family, for sure! I’ve always been amazed and in awe at how Nancy lifted herself up, worked extremely hard to get on the top of the heap, and became the very successful businesswoman that she has been for much of her adult life. Obviously, Lynda played an important role in her success. While reading, I took some notes. I liked Lynda’s philosophy of life and the three components of a life worth living: 1) Someone to love, 2) Something to look forward to, and 3) Work you enjoy. If you don’t have at least two of these, then life is pretty miserable. AND further compounding her life was the excruciating pain she endured. I highly recommend this memoir. You will feel it all!!

  4. 4 out of 5

    Jamie

    After reading Nancy's first book, First Love, Last Dance, I have been anxious to read her next. The wait was worth it. I was hooked at the Prologue and didn't want to put it down. Nancy writes about love, life and loss with an ease that drew me in and had me falling in love with everyone right along with her. Although I'm sure that writing Lynda's story was very difficult for Nancy, I’m certain Lynda would feel Nancy did it justice. Nancy handled a very controversial and emotional subject beauti After reading Nancy's first book, First Love, Last Dance, I have been anxious to read her next. The wait was worth it. I was hooked at the Prologue and didn't want to put it down. Nancy writes about love, life and loss with an ease that drew me in and had me falling in love with everyone right along with her. Although I'm sure that writing Lynda's story was very difficult for Nancy, I’m certain Lynda would feel Nancy did it justice. Nancy handled a very controversial and emotional subject beautifully with just the right amounts of confusion, compassion and anger. Sure to stimulate much discussion. Well done!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Lilly

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. I finished this book this morning, it took me only a few hours to complete. I love Nancy's style of writing, the way she makes you feel like you're having an intimate conversation just between the two of you. The heartache, the laughter and the relationship that Nancy and Lynda had was heartfelt, it was genuine and something that I wish I had with someone else. I envy the closeness and intimacy that they had between the two of them. I cannot fathom the heartbreak and difficulty of understanding c I finished this book this morning, it took me only a few hours to complete. I love Nancy's style of writing, the way she makes you feel like you're having an intimate conversation just between the two of you. The heartache, the laughter and the relationship that Nancy and Lynda had was heartfelt, it was genuine and something that I wish I had with someone else. I envy the closeness and intimacy that they had between the two of them. I cannot fathom the heartbreak and difficulty of understanding chronic pain. As a nurse I see it quite often and it is a struggle to try and understand how someone can live with pain on a daily basis. It is one of those topics that many have a hard time understanding and unless you live with it you will never know what it is like. The ending is truly sad and I mourn the loss of such a wonderful friend. I do feel it took courage and strength to come to the decision that Lynda made, I'm sure it was not easy but I am glad that she is at peace. It is a shame that there was no solution better that could've helped her. I can only empathize and be open to understand. An excellent memoir and I look forward to more! PS: I really would've enjoyed seeing pictures!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Clacie

    I finished this yesterday afternoon, but just couldn't bring myself to actually write a review. It was too fresh, I needed a day to think on it. Despite knowing how it would end, I cried at the end. You'd think knowing what you're getting yourself into when you read something like this, that it wouldn't get to you, but this one did. I tried really hard to put myself in both Nancy's and Lynda's places and I just can't imagine. I'm left with admiration for both women, and wishing I could have know I finished this yesterday afternoon, but just couldn't bring myself to actually write a review. It was too fresh, I needed a day to think on it. Despite knowing how it would end, I cried at the end. You'd think knowing what you're getting yourself into when you read something like this, that it wouldn't get to you, but this one did. I tried really hard to put myself in both Nancy's and Lynda's places and I just can't imagine. I'm left with admiration for both women, and wishing I could have known Lynda too. **Once I figured out how to adjust the playback speed (first time listen via audible app), I really enjoyed the narration by Betsy Beard. Good performance and I'd definitely listen to her again.**

  7. 5 out of 5

    Teneka Parker

    I received this book thru a giveaway and was much more impressed than I truly thought I'd be. This was a very touching book that had me laughing, crying and thinking. I truly enjoyed the story !!! Thank you for the opportunity to review your book. I received this book thru a giveaway and was much more impressed than I truly thought I'd be. This was a very touching book that had me laughing, crying and thinking. I truly enjoyed the story !!! Thank you for the opportunity to review your book.

  8. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    “I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” ― Helen Keller Friendship is something we all long for, and if we’re lucky in the short time we are upon this earth, we may have one or two long-lasting friends. In order to be a true friend, you must listen very closely to not only what is said, but what remains unspoken. Each of us has a story to tell, and sometimes that story is not the one seen on the surface. Eventually, if our friendship grows and endures, if it is a “I would rather walk with a friend in the dark, than alone in the light.” ― Helen Keller Friendship is something we all long for, and if we’re lucky in the short time we are upon this earth, we may have one or two long-lasting friends. In order to be a true friend, you must listen very closely to not only what is said, but what remains unspoken. Each of us has a story to tell, and sometimes that story is not the one seen on the surface. Eventually, if our friendship grows and endures, if it is a true friendship based on trust, we then begin to share the secrets in our lives, those that are pleasant and those that are not. Occasionally, a friend enters our life like a shooting star, present for awhile and then gone as suddenly as they appeared. Memories of the friendship linger on though, permeating our life forever. “Nothing for Tomorrow” relates the story of such a friendship. The paths of the author and Lynda cross in an unexpected way when Nancy begins dating her son, Tim. Lynda is 15 years older than Nancy, “old enough to almost be her mother” as she jokingly states during an introduction. Nancy is drawn to her, allowing herself to at long last confess the feelings she has suppressed within herself related to the break-up of her marriage. Lynda challenges and affirms her with the wisdom she has gained during her life. To Nancy, Lynda seems full of life, energetic, athletic and able to survive most anything. Slowly, she realizes that Lynda needs her friendship too. Their rapport grows and eventually it becomes evident that one of Lynda’s secrets is that she is not as healthy as she appears to be. I found myself reading this book through to the end in one sitting. The emotions expressed were often raw and hard to accept. I worked in the medical field for 19 years and am now retired. I observed many people at the end of their lives and witnessed quite a few as they drew their last breath. During that time, I perceived many patients in excruciating pain with no quality of life. Many of my colleagues felt that a person should be able to decide for themselves whether or not they chose to end their life. Personally, I still believe that this is not our decision, but my judging feelings about this softened during the time I worked so closely to those struggling with this quandary. In the end, I feel it’s a very personal choice. Life certainly throws us some learning curves and often those lessons come from an involvement with someone who is close to us. The greatest gifts we can give a friend are to listen, offer our support and friendship and not judge the decisions that are made; however, granting that freedom comes with a cost to us too. I enjoyed reading this memoir very much. I have read both of the books Ms. Rossman has published, and I would have to say this is my favorite, although I enjoyed both. I look forward to reading her next book.

  9. 5 out of 5

    georgia

    2014 less than 200 pages Well, Nancy has done it again. She has opened her life book to add another chapter for us to read, which will have the reader laughing, crying, a little tense, a little envious, a whole lot of compassion for the trusting friend, Lynda, and the introduction of the second husband. I was taken back by her honesty, her vulnerability, her ability to tell a personal story without becoming a bore to read as well as mirror to the reader the same life experiences and choices. Lynd 2014 less than 200 pages Well, Nancy has done it again. She has opened her life book to add another chapter for us to read, which will have the reader laughing, crying, a little tense, a little envious, a whole lot of compassion for the trusting friend, Lynda, and the introduction of the second husband. I was taken back by her honesty, her vulnerability, her ability to tell a personal story without becoming a bore to read as well as mirror to the reader the same life experiences and choices. Lynda, is a dear friend, who looses her life but teaches Nancy life lessons along the way. this kind of friend is rare to find along anyone's life path. Often we are too busy surviving to even notice. Luckily, Lynda stopped Nancy's busy day to laugh, find a pet cat, enjoy her daughter and grow emotionally. I look forward to the next chapter.

  10. 4 out of 5

    Sheree Gibson

    What is the definition of a best friend? The relationship between Nancy and Lynda is as close to perfect in my opinion. A best friend is there for you, cries and laughs with you, and tells you truths amidst bitter honesty. Best friends remain despite differences; listening to each other and being open to each other's ideas even if it isn't what we believe. This kind of friendship builds lasting memories and leads us down paths we wouldn't otherwise go. This is a beautifully written, honest, stor What is the definition of a best friend? The relationship between Nancy and Lynda is as close to perfect in my opinion. A best friend is there for you, cries and laughs with you, and tells you truths amidst bitter honesty. Best friends remain despite differences; listening to each other and being open to each other's ideas even if it isn't what we believe. This kind of friendship builds lasting memories and leads us down paths we wouldn't otherwise go. This is a beautifully written, honest, story of which we all wish we could experience. Per FTC rules, I received this book free via Goodreads.com.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Renée

    Nancy Rossman’s “Nothing for Tomorrow” is a beautifully honest memoir about complicated choices. After becoming a young wife and mother, Rossman leaves her husband and daughter to build her own life. She befriends the mother of a young lover, and this friendship with Lynda underscores the core themes of the book. Because these are two independent women, their friendship is built on mutual admiration and trust. Through her own actions, and that of her beloved friend, Rossman explores the difficul Nancy Rossman’s “Nothing for Tomorrow” is a beautifully honest memoir about complicated choices. After becoming a young wife and mother, Rossman leaves her husband and daughter to build her own life. She befriends the mother of a young lover, and this friendship with Lynda underscores the core themes of the book. Because these are two independent women, their friendship is built on mutual admiration and trust. Through her own actions, and that of her beloved friend, Rossman explores the difficult life choices independent women make—and what it really means for a strong woman to create her own path.

  12. 5 out of 5

    Carrie

    This is a compelling memoir that portrays the issue of death with dignity in a very heartfelt manner. Nancy's ability to draw you in to the story and then thoroughly explore that chapter in her life with honesty is at the heart of this book. The life choices that are made by Nancy and her friend Lynda are presented with vulnerability but without defensiveness allowing the reader to feel the time, place and emotional context while coming to his or her own conclusions on what path is the right one This is a compelling memoir that portrays the issue of death with dignity in a very heartfelt manner. Nancy's ability to draw you in to the story and then thoroughly explore that chapter in her life with honesty is at the heart of this book. The life choices that are made by Nancy and her friend Lynda are presented with vulnerability but without defensiveness allowing the reader to feel the time, place and emotional context while coming to his or her own conclusions on what path is the right one. A book that makes you think, and the story is well told. Highly recommend.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Pam Mooney

    I love Lynda! She was strong and caring and accepting. I did not come away sad as others who have read this book. I came away inspired and wanting a friend like Lynda. I am, of course, sad for Nancy but how lucky she was to have such a friend and to build her new beautiful family. I would have to call the book bittersweet as it is a memoir but more sweet than sad. I loved the journey that led to this book. A good read.

  14. 4 out of 5

    Sheilah

    Nancy Rossman’s ability to write from the heart comes through in her newest book. While reading, I would pause just to ponder the honesty and emotion that came through in her words. The friendship between Nancy and Lynda is one to be admired and envied, and is an emotional journey both for the author and the reader. This book was received for free through Goodreads First Reads.

  15. 4 out of 5

    Robin

    Poignant account of the life of someone I knew. Showing how someone's outward disposition can be funny, charming, thoughtful and kind, while their internal state is quite pained, sad and hopeless. So many people are like this - Robin Williams for example. This was insight into the life of such a person. Poignant account of the life of someone I knew. Showing how someone's outward disposition can be funny, charming, thoughtful and kind, while their internal state is quite pained, sad and hopeless. So many people are like this - Robin Williams for example. This was insight into the life of such a person.

  16. 4 out of 5

    Lizbeth

    You'll enjoy reading, "Nothing for Tomorrow". It is perfect for a summer afternoon. Nancy show us the many sides of being a friend not only in good time but also in bad times. It's the new Thelma and Louise. You will want all your friends to read it with you. You'll enjoy reading, "Nothing for Tomorrow". It is perfect for a summer afternoon. Nancy show us the many sides of being a friend not only in good time but also in bad times. It's the new Thelma and Louise. You will want all your friends to read it with you.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Mary Watt

    I found Nancy's story to be very warm and inviting to the reader. She demonstrated how one friendship can develop into something so special. I found Nancy's story to be very warm and inviting to the reader. She demonstrated how one friendship can develop into something so special.

  18. 4 out of 5

    M Schweitzer

    After finishing the book I wished that I could have met Lynda! Nancy does a great job telling the story of this wonderful friendship. Definitely an enjoyable read.

  19. 4 out of 5

    Kayo

    Didn't see that ending.Nice story though Didn't see that ending.Nice story though

  20. 5 out of 5

    Lynsie

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. This was a beautiful tale of a great friendship, but also of the reason for one friend's suicide. She so lovingly leads to a sad ending, showing along the way why her friend chose the path she did. This was a beautiful tale of a great friendship, but also of the reason for one friend's suicide. She so lovingly leads to a sad ending, showing along the way why her friend chose the path she did.

  21. 4 out of 5

    Merrill Moss

    The emotional heart of this compellingly told, true story is the forging and finale of a deep friendship between the author and another woman, who meet via an unconventional romantic fling the author has with the other woman‘s son, a handsome college student 12 years her junior. This out of the ordinary triangle is embellished by the author’s evolving relationship with her juvenile daughter who lives two time zones east with the ex-husband, and the author’s discovery of and falling in love with t The emotional heart of this compellingly told, true story is the forging and finale of a deep friendship between the author and another woman, who meet via an unconventional romantic fling the author has with the other woman‘s son, a handsome college student 12 years her junior. This out of the ordinary triangle is embellished by the author’s evolving relationship with her juvenile daughter who lives two time zones east with the ex-husband, and the author’s discovery of and falling in love with the man she eventually marries. Beneath these outer stories is the even more satisfying inner journey of two lively, enthusiastic, strong women who help us better understand the meaning of true friendship, love, and a life worth living, including an illuminating exploration of self-deliverance—a euphemism for the willful termination of one’s own life. I found myself hooked by the short prologue of the book, and propelled to the finish. The author artfully spikes the story with humor as well as emotional ache, but ends with an immensely satisfying conclusion. It is an excellent read.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Kelly

    After reading the back of the book, it was pretty obvious where this was going to end. It sounded like an interesting topic for me, as an athlete who has dealt with chronic pain, though this memoir was more about the relationships than Lynda's pain and struggle with her decision. An unlikely friendship between Nancy and Lynda formed, and this is Nancy's account of Her friendship with Lynda and her journey. After reading the back of the book, it was pretty obvious where this was going to end. It sounded like an interesting topic for me, as an athlete who has dealt with chronic pain, though this memoir was more about the relationships than Lynda's pain and struggle with her decision. An unlikely friendship between Nancy and Lynda formed, and this is Nancy's account of Her friendship with Lynda and her journey.

  23. 4 out of 5

    Margaret Nelson

    Gutsy story. Author masterfully balances a cheeky sense of humor with the emotionally charged and poignant moments. I never got bogged down in what could have been a maudlin ending. Good balance of dialogue and description. I enjoyed all of the references to Phoenix landmarks and restaurants. A very compassionate insight into two women's friendship and the journey they take into a little understood or discussed choice to end ones life. Thought provoking read. Gutsy story. Author masterfully balances a cheeky sense of humor with the emotionally charged and poignant moments. I never got bogged down in what could have been a maudlin ending. Good balance of dialogue and description. I enjoyed all of the references to Phoenix landmarks and restaurants. A very compassionate insight into two women's friendship and the journey they take into a little understood or discussed choice to end ones life. Thought provoking read.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Nanci Konsavage

    I received this book as a giveaway. Only took 2 nights to finish. The writing was excellent and couldn't put the book down. I dreaded reading the end but left me with a lot of thinking. Thought about this book over the weekend. Am I the only one that was unsure they would want a friend like Lynda? I received this book as a giveaway. Only took 2 nights to finish. The writing was excellent and couldn't put the book down. I dreaded reading the end but left me with a lot of thinking. Thought about this book over the weekend. Am I the only one that was unsure they would want a friend like Lynda?

  25. 4 out of 5

    Kathy Kihlman

    This is the second book I have read of Nancy's, and it didn't disappoint. Her writing made me feel I was there. A beautiful friendship they had. I had a friend that ended his life due to an illness; I know how hard that was for her to go through, and harder to also write about. They were lucky to have each other. Looking forward to more from Nancy. This is the second book I have read of Nancy's, and it didn't disappoint. Her writing made me feel I was there. A beautiful friendship they had. I had a friend that ended his life due to an illness; I know how hard that was for her to go through, and harder to also write about. They were lucky to have each other. Looking forward to more from Nancy.

  26. 5 out of 5

    Kathy

    An interesting read but frankly I expected more. Admiration always for finishing and publishing though.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Beck

  28. 4 out of 5

    Celia Esarte

  29. 4 out of 5

    Jessica

  30. 5 out of 5

    Danielle

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