Just like Seven Days, Unconditional Love shows how seven days can change a life. While I must say that I liked Seven Days just a smidgen better than Unconditional Love, it isn't by much. I think that, for me, it simply was that I liked the characters in the first book just a little bit more. Both are solid, wonderful books that highlight what I really enjoy about Mr. Grey's writing: the focus on just seven days that span a number of years, that, even so, the reader knows what else has gone on for the characters with the passage of time in a way that doesn't focus on those events while it doesn't "jar" the reader's attention by the 'day', and - for me - that the characters flow of the page along with the storyline, not unlike a summer breeze.
Unconditional Love focuses on seven days in Donald Pottier and Jason Greene's lives over a period of eleven years: the day they meet and become friends, through a separations (and reunions) at various times, loss, sickness, and the "what-ares" along with the "what-might-have-beens". A story of friendship, growth, rejection, acceptance, finding new directions in life, and coming to a point in life when maybe, just maybe, something more can come of things.
Can a person’s life change in just one day? How about seven?
Donald Pottier and Jason Greene are barely more than boys when they meet on Chincoteague Island, Virginia. A day of crabbing soon turns them from strangers to friends, then to something more, but the boys’ time is limited: at the end of the summer, Jay will leave Don and the island behind.
But Fate has more in store for Don and Jay than a summer of might-have-beens. Through eleven years of friendship, pain, love, loss, sickness, and misfortune, seven days stand out. Seven days define and shape the people they are and the relationship they share. Seven days of reunions and separations, accidents and serendipity, rejection and acceptance, disappointment and hope lay the foundation no romance can survive without: unconditional love. 164 pages