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Review of “How to Save A Life” by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

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“How to Save a Life” by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

“How to Save a Life” by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke

What’s the Big Deal?

Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, best friends since high school and co-authors of seven books, recently released their newest novel, How to Save a Life. The story is an emotionally-charged drama that has been eagerly awaited by fans. After their book The Good Widow topped Amazon charts in 2017, those who hadn’t already been awakened to the magic of Liz and Lisa have recognized what they’ve been missing. Now, with a love story that weaves away from their usual genres but still harbors their typical sparkling flair, Liz and Lisa have proven once again that they’re the dynamic duo your bookshelf has been waiting for.

Plot Summary

Dominic Suarez has regrets like anybody else, but the biggest? Losing the love of his life, his ex-fiancée Mia. So when Dom bumps into Mia at a hipster coffee shop in Oceanside, California, ten years after their engagement broke off, he takes a chance and asks her out on a date.

But their ordinary, fun afternoon at the local fair soon turns deadly when their car on one of the rides malfunctions. Its door busts open without warning, sending Mia plummeting to her death. Dom is shocked and heartbroken, wishing that he could stop time in order to save her life just once.

Well, needless to say, Dom gets his wish—but he gets it more than nine times as the day of their date continuously repeats, with Mia dying differently each time. Dom slowly loses hope but nevertheless pushes forward with each new morning. He spends his days differently, changing his tactics and choices each time, but will it be enough? Will he be able to save Mia—and more than that, save himself?

Quick Facts

  • Authors: Liz Fenton, Lisa Steinke
  • Pages: 303
  • Genre: Romance, domestic fiction
  • Ratings: 3.9/5 Goodreads, 3.9/5 Barnes and Noble
  • Release date: July 2, 2020
  • Publisher: Amazon Publishing

To Read or Not to Read?

I recommend this book if . . .

  • you like quick-paced, captivating novels that are both romantic and suspenseful.
  • you’re a fan of the Groundhog Day plot, in which a character relives the same day over and over.
  • you’ve experienced a harsh breakup with someone you still have feelings for.
  • you don’t have much time to read but want to anyway (I read How to Save a Life in a little less than four days).
  • you’re looking for a heartfelt story where a man is head-over-heels for a woman (instead of the other way around).

At first, I’m not sure it’s her. She reappears in the damnedest of all places—a hipster coffee shop wedged between a refurbished-furniture store and a hemp-purse boutique on Coast Highway in Oceanside, California. Somewhere I would never ordinarily be. But I am. And so is she.

— Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke, “How to Save a Life”

Reviews

  • How to Save a Life is another utterly captivating novel from writing duo Fenton and Steinke. Dom and Mia are great characters, and Dom’s heartfelt story of love, loss and redemption draws the reader onward all the way to the bittersweet ending.” —Authorslink.com
  • “Beautiful with a lot of thought-provoking moments and lessons, and enough suspense to keep you glued to the book until the very last page!” —Phdiva.blog
The book’s authors, Liz Fenton (left) and Lisa Steinke (right)

The book’s authors, Liz Fenton (left) and Lisa Steinke (right)

The Takeaway

In my opinion, How to Save a Life is a book well worth reading. It had me pulled in from day one, entranced by the steady pacing and straightforward voice. For a lot of writers, going Groundhog Day with a whole novel would have been an easy flop—after all, a narrative like this can quickly become tedious and boring. But for Fenton and Steinke, two authors well-versed in collaboration and captivation, the plot works extremely well and never becomes tiring. The book ends with a killer twist, too—surprise!

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© 2020 Rose McCoy

Comments

Rose McCoy (author) from West Virginia on November 12, 2020:

Hi Eric, I do! As far as romance goes, Nora Roberts and Nicholas Sparks are some great authors to check out—if you like books targeted more at the young adult market, John Green and Nicola Yoon never fail to impress. Of course, for horror, Stephen King is always a go-to; “Christine,” “Carrie,” and “It” are a few classics. If you like older stories, Edgar Allan Poe is a dark and creepy author with many chilling poems and tales, including “The Cask of Amontillado” and “The Fall of the House of Usher.” These are just a few suggestions—I’ve got more if needed. Hope this helps! :)

Eric Caunca from Philippines on November 12, 2020:

Hi, it seems like you really like reading books. I like romantic and scary themed stories. What book can you recommend to me?