Wednesday, February 19, 2014
Safe with Me by Amy Hatvany
3.0 out of 5 stars - "There is a difference between knowing the path and walking the path."
Fans of women's fiction and authors Jodi Picoult, Diane Chamberlain and Kristin Hannah will most likely find this book compelling and heartbreaking.
It's a story of loss and of search for "who am I now?" when two very different women meet and subsequently change each others' lives as a result.
Hannah Scott is grieving the death of her beloved daughter, Emily. The little girl was hit by a car and Hannah chose to donate her organs so that others might live.
Olivia Bell comes from the wealthy part of town and has taken care of her daughter, Maddie, who needs a liver transplant. When fate and timing give Maddie the donation that saves her life, Olivia helps her daughter reenter normal teen life and school.
But some twist (one of those incredible coincidences), Olivia and Maddie come to the hair salon that Hannah operates. In the course of conversation, Hannah suspects that Emily was Maddie's donor and tentatively, secretly, begins a friendship with Olivia without telling her those suspicious. Olivia has a secret of her own, however -- she's the victim of an abusive husband.
Can the women find strength in each other -- enough to make the necessary changes in order to survive? And can they save Maddie?
Many topics for discussion in this novel: death, grief, friendship, abuse, social media and more. A book group could definitely enjoy this.
Thank you NetGalley and Atria Books for the e-book ARC to review.