I received this book for free from XOXperts in exchange for an honest review. This does not affect my opinion of the book or the content of my review.How to Save a Life by Kristin Harmel
Published by Pocket Star on April 25th 2016
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Also by this author: The Life Intended
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.
How to Save a Life is a super fast read. And it will give you all the warm fuzzies while dealing with heavy topics. I’m not big on reading books dealing with cancer in any form. It’s just a hard subject for me to read about without ending up a sobbing mess.
I love how dedicated Jill is to her patients. She connects with them on a level nobody else seems to. She loves each of the kids she takes care of for many different reasons, but there is one in particular that she bonds with. And I loved seeing that bond grow over such a short period of time.
Harmel’s writing always gets me emotional. She has a way of writing that puts you in the scene with the characters. I loved how she mixed a touch of magic with the events that take place in this book. I liked the idea of having more time to come to terms with everything you feel you haven’t fulfilled in your life. The connection you have with people may not be remembered but they can still feel your presence inside them.
How to Save a Life is heartwarming. And you will probably need some tissues, but it’s a beautiful story about not taking anything for granted. Go after what you want, and live every day to the fullest.