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How to Save a Life by Emma Scott Review

Title: How to Save a Life

Author: Emma Scott

First published February 5, 2016

274 pages, Kindle Edition

Rating: 4.07


How to Save a Life by Emma Scott tells the story of Josephine Clark, a young woman haunted by a painful past and trapped in a life of violence. When she reconnects with Evan Salinger, a boy she knew in high school, she finds solace in his company and the memories of their brief time together.

But when their paths cross again, Jo realizes that Evan’s sudden return may be more than just coincidence. Together, they embark on a journey across America’s heartland, where buried secrets and long-forgotten memories come to light.

As they fight to hold onto their deep love, they discover that saving a life can take many forms. With shades of the paranormal and mature subject matter, How to Save a Life is a complete second-chance standalone novel that will take readers on an emotional rollercoaster.

About the Author

Meet Emma Scott, a bestselling author whose books have captured the hearts of readers worldwide. Her emotional and character-driven romances have been translated into seven languages and featured in top publications like Buzzfeed, Huffington Post, New York Daily News, and USA Today’s Happy Ever After.

Emma’s unique approach to storytelling weaves together the healing power of art and love, creating heart-wrenching tales that always end with love triumphing. If you love diverse characters, emotionally charged narratives, and heroes who treat their heroines with respect, Emma’s books are for you.

Check out her latest releases, including the award-winning Someday, Someday, an MM romance that won the Utopia Con Award for LGBTQ Book of the Year. All of her recent releases are available now and free with KU, such as The Muse, an MM romance, Between Hello & Goodbye, The Sinner, a paranormal angels and demons romance, and The Lost Boys, a three-book series of interconnected standalones, featuring The Girl in the Love Song, When You Come Back to Me, and The Last Piece of His Heart.

Stay tuned for her upcoming release, The Muse, set to launch in 2022. Connect with Emma on her website, emmascottwrites.com, and sign up for her super-cute and non-spammy newsletter.

Follow her on Amazon, check out her author page, and join her reader group. For any promotional inquiries, email [email protected].

Editoral Review

In How to Save a Life, Emma Scott expertly weaves a tale of love, loss, and the transformative power of redemption. Published on February 5, 2016, the novel explores various themes such as morality, sacrifice, and the human desire for connection.

Emma Scott is an American author who is widely known for her contemporary romance novels, including the Full Tilt Series, the Love in Translation Series, and the Butterfly Series. The novel follows the story of Josephine Clark, a young woman struggling to come to terms with the death of her twin brother, and Oliver Bellamy, a self-destructive rock star who is running away from his own demons.

Josephine is grief-stricken and feels lost and alone, while Oliver uses drugs and alcohol to numb his pain. The two find solace in each other and embark on a journey of self-discovery and healing.

Scott’s writing style is compelling and heartfelt, with vivid and well-developed characters that evoke empathy and compassion. Her writing also touches on social issues such as addiction and mental health, which adds a layer of depth to the story.

The plot unfolds at a steady pace, with well-timed plot twists that keep the reader engaged. The setting, New York City, is described in vivid detail, adding to the novel’s captivating atmosphere.

Scott’s use of flashbacks to reveal the characters’ backstories is tactful and adds to the richness of the plot. One of the strengths of How to Save a Life is the character development.

Josephine and Oliver are complex and multidimensional, with well-crafted arcs that make the reader can’t help but root for them. The secondary characters are also well-developed, with their own personalities that make them stand out.

However, the novel does have some flaws. Some of the plot points and character motives feel contrived and predictable.

Additionally, some of the metaphors feel overused, detracting from the overall impact of the story. Overall, How to Save a Life is a deeply moving novel that explores the human condition with sensitivity and compassion.

The novel will appeal to fans of romance, drama, and meaningful literature. Emma Scott delivers a poignant and beautiful story that will stay with readers long after they finish it.

Rating: 4 out of 5 stars