Friday, February 12, 2016

How to Save a Life: A Review

How do you cope when the one person you care about is ripped away from you? What do you you do when the one person who could be your salvation walks through your door? Do you hesitate, or you grab his hand and follow him with reckless abandon? You can grab a kindle copy of How to Save a Life here.

From Amazon: 
Josephine Clark is trapped. A harrowing past haunts her every time she looks in the mirror, and she can’t escape the violence of her everyday life. More and more, her thoughts turn to Evan Salinger, the boy she knew in high school. The boy they called a mental case. A loner. A freak. The boy who seemed to know things no one could know. For a few short weeks, Jo had found perfect solace in Evan’s company, sneaking every night to meet him at the local pool. In the cool of the water and the warmth of Evan’s arms around her, Jo had tasted something close to happiness. 

Cruel circumstances tore them apart, and four years later, the sweet memory of their time together is dissolving under the punishing reality of Jo’s life now. Evan seems like a fading dream…until he reappears at the moment she needs him most. Guided by Evan’s strange intuition, they flee her small Louisiana town, on the run from the police, and Jo begins to suspect there is something more to his sudden return than he admits. 

Over twelve days across America’s heartland, deep secrets come to light, buried pasts are unearthed, and the line between dreams and reality is blurred as Evan and Jo fight to hold on to their soul-deep love, and discover that there is more than one way to save a life. 

How to Save a Life is a complete second-chance STANDALONE novel with shades of the paranormal. It carries the characters from high school through to their early twenties. It is not YA; mature subject matter and sexual situations. TRIGGER WARNING: some domestic violence (on the page) and mentions of sexual abuse (off the page) For readers 18 years and up. 

My Review: (5 stars) Emma Scott has written a profoundly emotional tale. Jo's story weaves perfectly with Evan's, and I was swept away from page one.

I could feel their pain and shame over their past. I sympathized with Jo's plight, celebrated her escape, and felt nervous anticipation each time there was a close call.

The characters are real. Their emotions became my emotions, until I was so wrapped up in the story that I tuned out the rest of the world. I laughed, I cried, and I urged them on.

How to Save a Life is a beautiful take on a love story. It shows us that love truly exists and is worth fighting for.

About Emma: I write romances with flawed characters, characters with artistic hearts: builders, poets, and writers of various makes and models. I love to write book lovers; those who have found refuge, companionship, and escape in books, much as we do in real life. I like realism, honesty, authenticity in storytelling. I love to write about enduring love, soul-deep love, in as real a setting as I can make, but with big smooshy HEAs. I believe in diversity, open-mindedness, and inclusion. I like sweetness mixed with steam, love conquering all, and above all, hope. 

Love always wins. 

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Happy reading!


  1. This looks great! Totally going on my TBR list pronto!

    1. It's an awesome book. Let me know how you like it. :)