Willow Adair has a picture-perfect life—or so it seems.

A stunning model-turned-wife-and-mother, she lives in a beautiful home with her husband and two kids in historic Bexley, one of the wealthiest neighborhoods in Columbus, Ohio. On the outside, she has everything. On the inside, she struggles with issues of self worth. Spurned by her neglectful husband and defied by her rebellious teen daughter, Willow never feels she is good enough. She fears everyone she loves will leave.

Piece by piece, the cornerstones of Willow’s life begin to crumble. A routine colon operation goes horribly wrong, leaving her bleeding and alone on the long road to recovery. A yoga injury leads to a series of surgeries and misdiagnoses, ultimately ending in a full wrist fusion and permanent loss of motion in her right arm. And then, as if she hasn't suffered enough: Willow is diagnosed with breast cancer. Convinced that no one will stand by her for one more day of sickness and depression, she prepares to end her life.

That's where the Angels come in…

Willow’s friends are a tour de force. They go with her to chemo. They come and sleep over at her house. They lift her spirits when she is sad, and weep with her when she is hurting. They walk beside her quite literally, on sidewalks from Cleveland to Miami. And they walk beside her spiritually and emotionally, soothing her heartache, healing her self-esteem, and reminding her that every single minute of her life is abundantly worth living. 

Walk Beside Me is a tale of sickness and triumph, of being comfortable in your own skin, of valuing the things that have true value, and of learning to fight for yourself and what you truly want. It's the story of a woman who peels away the layers to find her inner warrior, a woman who faces insurmountable odds and—thanks to her earthly Angels—learns to treasure the gift of God's infinite light and love. 

Praise For The Book & Author

  • Cancer does not only affect the patient, but affects their entire community, friends and family. It is a great time of fear but also an opportunity to see how loved one is through rides to chemo, meals left at the door and prayers for recovery. The support becomes an integral part of the treatment. This is a moving, beautiful story of loving support among women.
    — Lynnette Wilhardt, LCSW, specializing in psychosocial oncology
  • Beautiful and moving, Christine Handy's debut novel illustrates the power of the human spirit and the miracles that can come from opening your eyes to life around you.
    — Dr. Melanie Ross Mills
  • Walk Beside Me is a must-read for anyone who has ever lost hope. Christine offers enormous comfort and inspiration through her salient message, reminding each of us of the tangible power that comes from embracing the love of those around you.
    — Jamie O'Banion, President, Beauty Bioscience; TV presenter, Model, Mother, Wife and Friend
  • Christine Handy's debut novel Walk Beside Me shows amazing courage and strength and gives hope to all who are facing a similar fate. I am a two time breast cancer survivor and founded a non profit that helps supports women undergoing treatment for cancer. I firmly believe that the support of your friends and family is critical to your recovery and wellbeing. Good job Christine. I look forward to reading more from you in the future.
    — Carolyn Keller, President, Ebeaty Community Inc.
  • Very moving, sad and ultimately uplifting. It makes you aware of how delicate life is and how despite all of life's travails it is God's gift to us all and worth living no matter the difficulties. i will highly recommend this to my friends.
    — Amazon.com
  • Loved It!
    — Amazon.com
  • This is the most moving story I've read of one woman's fight against cancer and her developing a new and engaging attitude about life.
    — Amazon.com
  • Fantastic story extremely heart felt and helpful to those that are troubled.
    — Amazon.com