Published by Grand Central Publishing on December 30th 2014
Genres: Contemporary Women, Family Life, Fiction
Paperback provided by BookSparks
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.
Save Me is about a woman who doesn’t necessarily need saving. A woman is faced with the end of her marriage. The thing she though would always be there has been replaced with uncertainty. This story was heart wrenching. Then it was empowering.
Daphne is just living the dream. She has everything to make her happy: big house, great career, health, married to her high school sweetheart, trying to figure out the best time to start having kids. Then her husband comes home and tells her he is in love with another woman. He isn’t sure what he wants right now, they should take a break so he can figure it out. Devastated, Daphne is hoping it is just a one time fling and prepares to take him back. Things get really complicated when she gets the call that his mistress was in an accident, she might be dying. Her husband reaches out to Daphne for help through his loss.
What a jarring tale of love and betrayal! Daphne might be a saint for how much she still believes in Owen (her husband). Maybe not. I think most women would do the same thing, maybe even more, for the one they love. Daphne’s struggle to win back her husband or step out of her familiar life is just so honest. So decisions are not clear. She considers his mistress, both as an adversary and as a unique person worthy of something more. She considers her husband and the commitment they made. Seeing her life for what it truly is.
The characters are very well written and honest. They seem real. I think most women will find Daphne a likeable character, who is faced with very tough choices. I honestly don’t know what I would have chosen if I had Daphne’s choices? She really is at a pivotal point in her life, everything after this will be different. This book also points out that well intended loved ones don’t always have the right answer. Deciding to leave or stay in a marriage after infidelity is a personal choice. There is no cookie cutter answer. This story is about going on, no matter what, and that is very comforting.
About the Author
Kristyn Kusek Lewis is the author of How Lucky You Are (Grand Central), a novel about three women and the growing pains of their enduring friendship. How Lucky reached #1 on Barnes & Noble’s Top 100/Bestselling NOOK Books and was a Target Emerging Authors Pick. Kristyn’s next novel, a love story about two doctors, a tragic accident, and the power of forgiveness, will be published by Grand Central in December 2014.
A former magazine editor at publications including Glamour and Child, Kristyn has been writing for national publications for nearly twenty years. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, O: The Oprah Magazine, Real Simple, Reader’s Digest, Glamour, Self, Redbook, Cosmopolitan, Marie Claire, Parents, Allure, Good Housekeeping, Cooking Light, Health, Men’s Health, the New York Daily News, and many more.
Kristyn is a graduate of the Vermont College of Fine Arts, where she earned an MFA in creative writing, and the College of the Holy Cross. She lives in North Carolina with her family.