Book Review – How to Save a Life by Eva Carter

This is another Netgalley book I was gifted in exchange for an honest review.

I was looking for something a bit more romantic and a bit more easy going to read and I came across this one. It initially grabbed me as it reminded me of the amazing song by The Fray which has the same title. If you don’t know it, look it up. Now I have said that I had to go straight to Spotify, so now it is the soundtrack to my review.

Without further ado let’s have a bit of a blurb:

In this heartfelt love story, three friends find out what it really means to save someone.

Kerry Smith is going to save lives–and so is her best friend, Tim Palmer. After years of working towards medical school, they are about to sit for their entrance exams. But on the eve of the new millennium, a classmate goes into cardiac arrest, changing everything.

For nearly eighteen minutes, rising soccer star Joel Greenaway is dead. For nearly eighteen minutes, Kerry performs CPR on her long-time crush. And for nearly eighteen minutes, Tim is too shocked to help. And though they don’t yet know it, those eighteen minutes will change the next eighteen years of their lives.

Because as it turns out, saving a life doesn’t always guarantee a happy ending.

With his soccer career cut short, Joel lashes out and breaks Kerry’s heart by ending their burgeoning relationship with a cruelty that derails her future, while Tim struggles to reconcile his dream of becoming a doctor with the reality of failing to act. As each struggles to move on from the events of that fateful New Year’s Eve, their lives can’t seem to stop colliding year after year. Pulled by their shared histories and her big heart, Kerry soon finds herself picking up the pieces after both broken men. But when Kerry is the one who needs saving, will anyone be there for her?

This was a great novel, it reminded me a bit of One Day by David Nicholls in the way the characters keep missing each other. This story is about love, loss, grief and the importance of happiness and realising when you aren’t happy in your relationship.

It is a beautiful tale and in fact The Fray song’s lyrics do have a close corellation to the story. Read it and you will see!!

It was a roller coaster ride of emotions as the characters go through the whole spectrum of feelings during the book. Expect to laugh, cry, scream and smile at them as they go through life stumbling and overcoming hurdles.

I was looking for a light hearted romance but what I got was so much more than I knew I wanted and needed.  It is a heartfelt romance at its core but it’s so much more than that. It is about friendship and forgiveness, it is about overcoming fears and changing your outlook when life makes you have to change your future or your dreams. It is a beautiful and emotional read from start to finish.

If you enjoyed One Day I highly recommend this title.

Released on 21st May, so check it out then.

⭐⭐⭐⭐ – a beautiful story showing there is more than one way to save a life

Much love 💘

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