Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Save Me by Kristyn Kusek Lewis


What They Say....Daphne Mitchell has always believed in cause and effect, right and wrong, good and bad. The good: her dream job as a doctor; Owen, her childhood sweetheart and now husband; the beautiful farmhouse they're restoring together. In fact, most of her life has been good--until the day Owen comes home early from work to tell her he's fallen head over heels for someone else.

Unable to hate him, but also equally incapable of moving forward, Daphne's life hangs in limbo until the day Owen's new girlfriend sustains near-fatal injuries in a car accident. As Daphne becomes a pillar of support for the devastated Owen, and realizes that reconciliation may lie within her grasp, she has to find out whether forgiveness is possible and decide which path is the right one for her.

What I Say....This was an unusual book.  For someone who has been through a divorce, it certainly stirred up a lot of uncomfortable feelings.  

Daphne thinks she is in a great marriage when her husband announces that he's moving out to take some time to decide whether he wants to be with her or the 20 something year old social worker he's having an affair with.  On his birthday.  Okay, I mention this because all through the book, Daphne seems to be struggling with the idea of losing Owen, but there was never any part of the story that convinced me that he had brought anything to the relationship.  He seemed like a selfish asshat.

Although he wrote her a heartfelt email saying he had made a mistake, and didn't think he had made the right decision, when she came to her house the night of his girlfriend's accident, she finds that he is packing BOXES to move out, not just a few things while he "finds himself".

And yes, I said his girlfriend's accident.  So while she is struggling stay alive in the ICU, he calls DAPHNE, who, of course, rushes right over.  Then wonders what in the hell she's doing there.  Ummm, yeah....what are you doing there?  Doesn't that kind of indicate what a self-involved creep your "husband" actually is?

He seemed to be back and forth throughout the book and (spoiler alert) had his girlfriend lived, he seems like the type of guy who would have kept both women hanging without fully committing to either one for as long as they would allow him too.

Although I could have screamed when she let Owen start staying at the house again, I was glad that Daphne grew a pair at the end and told him she was done.  Because I really think he was the guy who would come home for a while, found another girlfriend and hit repeat on the pattern. 

The side story of Daphne's alcoholic patient, Mary Elizabeth, was kind of random.  I kept thinking that it would turn out that she had been the one driving the car that hit Owen's girlfriend.  That would have brought a little extra twist to the story.

 I was excited at the end when she was off to Corsica with the Andrew.  I was so happy she was taking a chance and breaking out of her comfort zone.  It made me think maybe I should too!

Thank you Grand Central Publishing and NetGalley for letting me review this book.  It will be published on December 30, 2014.

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