I bought this book to help support an awesome cause. Bonus it was signed! I already read one book by Emma Scott so I knew I'd be in for a treat. I was so right! Here's the down low on this book <3
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Josephine Clark is trapped. A harrowing past haunts her every time she looks in the mirror, and she can’t escape the violence of her everyday life. More and more, her thoughts turn to Evan Salinger, the boy she knew in high school. The boy they called a mental case. A loner. A freak. The boy who seemed to know things no one could know. For a few short weeks, Jo had found perfect solace in Evan’s company, sneaking every night to meet him at the local pool. In the cool of the water and the warmth of Evan’s arms around her, Jo had tasted something close to happiness.
Cruel circumstances tore them apart, and four years later, the sweet memory of their time together is dissolving under the punishing reality of Jo’s life now. Evan seems like a fading dream…until he reappears at the moment she needs him most. Guided by Evan’s strange intuition, they flee her small Louisiana town, and Jo begins to suspect there is something more to his sudden return than he admits.
Over twelve days across America’s heartland, deep secrets come to light, buried pasts are unearthed, and the line between dreams and reality is blurred as Evan and Jo fight to hold on to their soul-deep love, and discover that there is more than one way to save a life.
How to Save a Life is a complete second-chance STANDALONE novel with shades of the paranormal. It carries the characters from high school through to their early twenties. It is not YA; mature subject matter, and sexual situations. TRIGGER WARNING: domestic violence (on the page) and mention of sexual abuse (off the page) For readers 18 years and up.
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I loved this story! It was so raw, dark, sweet, yet somber. I can't say enough good things about it. Emma Scott's writing will pull you into the story so much, you're there, you're the characters and it'll drive you mad if you don't keep reading to find out what happens next. She writes somewhat out of order, leaving things out here and there that you'll discover later, but man, is it all worth it in the end.
Josephine Clarke is a dark character with a dark past that just wants to graduate high school and move on. Her parents are long gone, she really has no one. When she meets Evan Salinger at her new school in an inconsequential town her uncle has dragged her to and left her to her own devices as he works as a long haul trucker, her life changes forever. Even when she's told to stay far away from him, she can't. Evan and Jo are two tainted souls that crave each other, but life happens. Crap happens and it squeezes a wedge so broad between them, it's hard to see the light at the end of the tunnel.
This story will clench your heart, rip it out, and stuff it back in. If you're wanting books that will stay with you forever, this is the writer to follow.
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Emma Scott is a writer, marathon runner, and caffeine addict, who lives and writes in the California Bay Area. She has two smart, feisty little girls, a super-supportive husband, and is a demonstrated fan of the Oxford comma. She is also an unabashed Star Wars geek and comic book enthusiast who fell into romance novels when a writing contest prompt turned a 1000-word romantic story into a full-blown novel. She also writes epic fantasy that suffers an epic word count.
She hopes you enjoy her work, encourages readers to leave feedback, and thinks it's amusing to write about herself in the third person. And if she has a driving force the fuels her work, it's that love always wins.