Wednesday, August 3, 2016

Saving Sara by Nicola Marsh

When Sara's daughter, Lucy, died, Sara withdrew from everything and eventually moved to her recently deceased grandmother's house in Redemption.  When five-year old Olly's mom went into rehab for alcoholism, her brother, Jake, took Olly in,  Fortunately for Olly, Jake had no idea what to do with a five-year old, so Jake called his aunt, Cilla in Redemption and asks if they can come for a visit.

This is their story of how they all begin to heal from tragedy and circumstances beyond their control.

Olly is smart as a whip and you can't help but fall in love with him.  All he wants is his mom and a family of his own.  Sara, on the other hand, wants nothing to do with Olly or any child for that matter.  She also does not want to get involved with Jake, who is maybe the most damaged of all of them after an accident he feels is his fault.

The author draws the reader into their lives by making them so real.  I could feel Sara's pain from the very first page and could cheer for her as she took each step forward through the process of healing and beginning to live again.  Olly bring all of the adults together as they try to help him deal with the temporary loss of the mother he adores, and as Jake learns to help Olly he begins to heal himself.

Great characters, several interesting plot lines, and a surprise ending.  I highly recommend this book.

I was given a copy of this book by NetGalley in exchange for an honest review.

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