Monday, April 25, 2016

How to Save a Life by Kristin Harmel [REVIEW]

Groundhog Day meets Grey’s Anatomy in this heartfelt novella with a hint of magic from the internationally bestselling author of The Sweetness of Forgetting and The Life Intended, in which a woman with only a short time to live discovers she can repeat the same day over and over until her life feels complete.

When a pediatric oncology nurse receives a devastating prognosis—she has just weeks left to live—she finds unexpected comfort from a patient. Her young friend shares a life- and death-changing secret: it is possible to live the same day over and over again until she’s experienced a truly full life. Thus begins a heartbreaking and joyful journey of love, friendship, and self-discovery, as the brave nurse only truly learns how to live in the face of death. Kristin Harmel, whose work has been called “immersive and evocative” (Publishers Weekly), “absorbing…well-paced and warmhearted” (Kirkus Reviews), and “absolutely enthralling” (Fresh Fiction), infuses her poignant, uplifting novella with a dash of magic and a hefty dose of heart.

4 Life Saving Stars
This is my first Kristin Harmel read. I wouldn’t call this book super romance, but a sweet melt your heart contemporary read I enjoyed greatly. When you finish reading How to Save a Life you will question life choices and want to live your life to the fullest. It’s a harm-warming story about second chances, saving lives and making a lasting impression. You will be left speechless.

What would you do if you knew you were sick and you could re-do your day?

Jill is a nurse and she just found out she is dying. It’s a sobering thought and I was instantly interested in the book. She’s pretty clinical and although she does cry, she kind of reflects on her life and she still has so many more things she wants to do.

1.)    To fall in love
2.)    To have children
3.)    To reconcile with her father

How can Jill do what she wants to do with only months to live? Logan, a ten year old boy, she treats, has the answer to her question.  Jill soon realizes she can re-do her days and Logan helps her with it since he’s been doing it for three years.  The plot of the book was different and I really enjoyed it. I really liked Jill. I liked how she was smart about her situation and I loved how kind her heart was. I love the relationship she has with Logan and the little boy makes her really see her life.

Jill does have a love interest and meets Jamie every day, but every time she re-does her day everyone around her, except for Logan and two other patients reset and forget everything happens. Jamie and Jill’s relationship is innocent and harmless, but it’s not a focal point of the book and it’s sprinkled throughout the read, so it’s kind of a treat when we get to read about Jamie. I really liked Jill’s love interest and Jamie is really cute.

Overall, I really like the message How to Save a Life conveys and you wonder throughout the read how it all ends. Well, you will just have to read and find out. It’s a great book with a great concept and a great message.

An ARC was provided

Kristin Harmel is an international bestselling novelist whose books have been translated into numerous languages and are sold all over the world. After spending many years as a journalist (including more than a decade writing and reporting for People magazine) Kristin now freelances only occasionally, focusing on book tours, book club visits and, of course, writing her next books! THE SWEETNESS OF FORGETTING was a bestseller in many countries and in fact won the reader's choice prize for Romantic Novel of the Year in Germany in 2013. Her new novel, THE LIFE INTENDED, is out now from Gallery Books, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.

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