Friday, May 6, 2016

Review - How to Save a Life by Kristin Harmel

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.

What an amazingly heartfelt, sad and inspirational tale of living life to the fullest.  If you could know when your day was going to come, when your life would end, would you want to know?  After reading Jill's story, I think I would.  I want want to know that I lived everyday to the fullest and accomplished what I could before I left earth. 
Jill is an oncology nurse at a children's hospital.  She hasn't been feeling well for a few months now, headaches, dizziness, nothing that she couldn't handle, but decides it's time to see a specialist and make sure that it's nothing too serious.  And then she gets the news that she wasn't expecting...How could this be?  She was working?  Feeling OK most of the time...She needs to get a second opinion even though she already knows the answer.
Jill still has some many things she wanted to do with the rest of her life - make amends with her father, fall in love, have a family, those were the most important.  But how will that happen in such a short space of time?
You will fall in love with this book from beginning to end, you will be sad through out and you will realize that you need to make the most of the time that you have because you never know when your last day will come, or will you?
Sit back and enjoy this inspirational tale (and a little bit of magic) and expect to shed a few tears along the way.

As I am reading about Jill's thought provoking journey, I was enjoying a nice glass (or two) of Chardonnay.

I can't recommend this book enough, 5 wine glasses for sure!  I can't wait to hear what you think!


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