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Thanks to Kensington Books and TLC Book Tours for the free copy in exchange for my honest review.
SOMETHING WORTH SAVING – Sandi Ward (out now!)
Sandi Ward’s shrewdly observed, funny, and wonderfully touching novel tells of a fractured family, a teenage boy, and a remarkable cat whose loyalty knows no bounds . . .
A boy and his cat. It’s an unconventional friendship, perhaps, but for Charlie and Lily, it works beautifully. It was Charlie who chose Lily from among all the cats in the shelter. He didn’t frown, the way other humans did, when he saw her injured back leg, the legacy of a cruel previous owner. Instead, Charlie insisted on rescuing her. Now Lily wants to do the same for Charlie.
She’s the only one who’s seen the bruises on Charlie’s body. If she knew who was hurting him, she’d scratch their eyes out. But she can’t fix this by herself. Lily needs to get the rest of the family to focus on Charlie—not easy when they’re wrapped up in their own problems. Charlie’s mother kicked his father out weeks ago and has a new boyfriend who seems charming, but is still a stranger. Oldest son Kevin misses his father desperately. Victoria, Charlie’s sister, also has someone new in her life, and Lily is decidedly suspicious. Even Charlie’s father, who Lily loves dearly, is behaving strangely.
Lily knows what it’s like to feel helpless. But she also knows that you don’t always have to be the biggest or the strongest to fight fiercely for the ones you love . . .
My Thoughts: 5/5 stars!
This is the book I didn’t know I needed. SOMETHING WORTH SAVING is an engrossing and emotional read and Sandi Ward does an incredible job connecting you to the characters. What I love the most about this book? This is told from the perspective of Lily, the cat.
Charlie chose Lily over all of the other cats at the shelter. Lily was different and special – she had a limp from poor treatment from her previous owner and Charlie wanted to help her. Charlie and Lily have more in common than you initially realize. The perspective of Lily is such a unique way to tell the story. Animals think differently than we do, my fiance and I love to joke about dog logic when we watch our chocolate labs try to figure things out, but it’s so true. Lily wants to help her human and make sure he is ok and loved.
This story will give you all of the feels and all of the emotions. I’m not a crier when it comes to books or movies, but I can see some of this getting a few tears out of some readers. A very touching and heartbreaking novel told from a unique point of view that lacks discrimination and judgment. There’s a level of mystery around some of the events because Lily doesn’t have all of the information – why are these people doing what they do? What happened to cause these events?
This debut had my full attention and I can’t wait to see what Ward comes out with next. I would highly recommend this one if you’re looking for a good book to curl up with.
About the Author:
Sandi Ward writes books about love, family, forgiveness…and cats.
Sandi grew up in Manchester-by-the-sea, Massachusetts, and received her MA in Creative Writing at New York University. She’s the author of book club novels published by Kensington Books, stories of dysfunctional families told from the point of view of the family cat. She’s also a medical copywriter at an advertising agency. She lives on the Jersey Shore with her husband, teenagers, dog and a large black cat named Winnie.
On December 18, 2018 her latest novel, SOMETHING WORTH SAVING, will be on sale (available now for pre-order) in trade paperback, e-book and audio book.
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