Book Review – How to Save a Life

Posted April 25, 2016 by Kathy in 4.5 Stars, Book Review, Bookish Mood Board / 0 Comments

Book Review – How to Save a LifeHow to Save a Life by Kristin Harmel
Published by Pocket Star on April 25, 2016
Genres: Womens Fiction
Pages: 208
Format: Ebook
Source: Publisher
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four-half-stars

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.

My Review

4.5 Stars for How to Save a Life

4 words for this book – courage, forgiveness, love, family

How to Save a Life is another magical story from author Kristin Harmel.

What would you do if you had only days to live? For Jill this is a question she must face in How to Save a Life. Jill is a pediatric oncology nurse at Atlanta Children’s Hospital. She spends her days with children who have cancer by providing the medical care they need. But she also has formed friendships with these children, which makes it even more heartbreaking to see them suffer. Jill is diagnosed with cancer and she finds emotional support in an unexpected way – from her patients. With the help of some magic and these special kids Jill is given a chance to relive one day over and over to experience a full life. But there are rules and Jill must learn the most importing thing about living – to love.

How to Save a Life is an emotional story that I loved. Author Kristin Harmel has given her fans another story that tugs at your heart and reminds you about what really is important in life. This was well-written and I formed a connection with all the characters. The characters were well developed and realistic and I felt their fears and hopes. My only complaint is the ending was surprising and abrupt. This is a novella but I wished it was a little longer. Overall I loved How to Save a Life and its message will stay with me forever.

I received this book as a member of the XOXperts, XOXO After Dark’s official street team, in exchange for an honest review. Visit XOXOAfterDark.com for the best in romance, urban fantasy and women’s fiction.

 

Rating Report
Plot
four-half-stars
Characters
four-half-stars
Writing
four-half-stars
Pacing
four-half-stars
Overall: four-half-stars
How to Save a Life - by Kristin Harmel

About Kristin Harmel

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.

Kristin graduated summa cum laude from the University of Florida's College of Journalism and Communications. She has lived in Paris, Los Angeles, New York, Boston and Miami and now resides in Orlando, Fla., with her husband, Jason.

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