Saving Each Other
by Stacy Mitchell
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What would you do if the most important people in your world were suddenly and violently taken away from you? Everything is excruciating! Everything is broken! Ean Montgomery and Dani Adams were each forced to see the same grief counselor after a drunk driver killed both Dani’s husband and Ean’s wife and six year old son. Two cars demolished, two families killed. In an unconventional twist of therapy, Dani and Ean were each given a private cell phone and only the first initial of their first names. They were then instructed to reach out to one another in order to share their grief…to heal. The rules: Communicate only through text messages and never reveal our real names or other personal details. Neither planned to contact the other, but with all hope and the will to live gone… Over the course of a year, through texting alone, they form a unique bond. Friendship blossoms into something deeper. They were never supposed to meet, but fate had other plans, and into their world of loss and despair, something amazing began to grow… But can the can the passion they’ve found sustain itself with the deep, soul-twisting pain that never seems to fade? Join Ean and Dani on their journey as they discover that even in their darkest days, hope does exist and when tragedy turns your world upside down, the miracle of love can set everything right again.
This story woke me up in the middle of the night and the best way I can it describe is…like listening to an audiobook. I felt their journey with such intensity it took my breath away. I got up, opened notes on my iPhone, and my thumbs got to work. That was October 4, 2015. Since then, I’ve been very fortunate. I was introduced to an amazing editor and together we’ve spent the last year and a half making Dani and Ean’s story shine.
It’s a story about hope and how the power of love can heal even the deepest wounds.
INTERVIEW WITH THE AUTHOR
“Start writing, no matter what. The water does not flow until the faucet is turned on.”
Stacy Mitchell is a romance novelist, and author of Saving Each Other, available right here on Amazon. She was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and lived in the South Bay for twenty years before moving to the Conejo Valley. She lives with her husband of twenty-eight years and is the mom of two grown sons.
Powered by coffee and wine, when Stacy’s not writing, she can usually be found glued to a good book, hiking in the Santa Monica mountain’s or just being creative.
Quick Reasons: well-rounded, intriguing, realistic characters; challenging, emotionally-driven plot points; the different perspectives were tonally the same, making it difficult to follow which character we were seeing through at times
Huge thanks to Stacy Mitchell, CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform, and PR By the Book for sending a free digital galley of this title my way in exchange for an honest review! This in no way altered my read of or opinions on this book.
Just from the blurb, I knew this read was going to touch on some hauntingly painful, poignantly emotional topics. The journey that these characters go through–from finding their “one and only” love, to losing it, to rediscovering an affinity for love within themselves and each other–is powerfully written and beautifully portrayed across these pages. It’s a splattering of romance and friendship, of hardship and companionship, that makes this story–and the characters–so very realistic. I did feel as if some of the dialogue and character reactions may have been written a bit over the top–some of them came off as very dramatized, instead of true-to-life. This might just be my personal perspective on things like grief and trauma, though; we all experience these things differently, after all, so I can’t say for sure that my opinion on this is exactly right.
I did feel as if the different perspectives were a bit TOO similar, tonally–they sounded very alike in terms of language choices and descriptors, which made it a bit difficult at times to remember which character we were seeing the world through at any given moment. This can, unfortunately, be a bit confusing if readers aren’t paying full attention to the headers on the chapters–or if they set their book down for a while and return to it at a later time.
This was realistic, emotionally challenging, and hard-hitting. The characters are vibrant and well-rounded. I did feel as if some of the interactions were a bit over-dramatized, and that the different perspectives sounded very similar tonally. However, I’d recommend this to lovers of contemporary romance, hard-hitting growth journeys, and poignantly realistic characters. Would you save a faceless cell phone contact, Penguins, or let them suffer alone?