A 34-year-old San Diego man is on a date with his ex-fiancee, whom he has never gotten over, when she dies horribly. He then relives the same day over and over again, each time trying to save her life.
Dominic Suarez fell hard for Mia Bell and proposed to her when they were in their early 20s. But then he derailed both their lives by breaking off the engagement. She fled to Chicago and became a teacher; he stayed in San Diego and became a TV producer. Ten years later, he's still obsessed with the one who got away. A chance encounter after she moves back to town leads to a date at the San Diego County Fair. That date goes perfectly—that is, until the ride they are on suffers a catastrophic failure and Mia is killed in a 54 foot fall. Dom is broken by the loss. But when he wakes up the next morning, it is once again the day of their date. He enters a time loop—à la the 1993 movie classic Groundhog Day—where he dedicates himself to helping everyone he comes across and tries to keep Mia from dying, only to fail to save her every day. Authors Fenton and Steinke have created a realistic look at the trauma that reliving the same events multiple times might cause a person as they try to come to terms with the impossible. They also explore the meaning of love, compatibility, and how a person might change—yet remain the same—over the course of a decade or even just a week. Their storytelling is on point, and each version is told from a new angle as Dom mentally works through the situation he's in, trying to grapple with how he can become a better man.
A well-told story that leaves some questions unanswered—but in a good way.
Authors Fenton and Steinke have created a realistic look at the trauma that reliving the same events multiple times might cause a person as they try to come to terms with the impossible. They also explore the meaning of love, compatibility, and how a person might change—yet remain the same—over the course of a decade or even just a week. Their storytelling is on point, and each version is told from a new angle as Dom mentally works through the situation he’s in, trying to grapple with how he can become a better man. A well-told story that leaves some questions unanswered—but in a good way.” —Kirkus Reviews
“How to Save a Life is a roller-coaster ride. With a modern take on the Groundhog Day premise, Fenton and Steinke have created a heartfelt adventure of one man’s journey to save the life of the woman he loves. The suspense will keep readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page. This is their best novel yet.” —Emily Giffin, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Something Borrowed and All We Ever Wanted
“Groundhog Day meets Serendipity in this compelling and clever novel about fate, love, and soul mates. I cracked it open on a plane and inhaled it in one sitting because I had to know if Dom could save the love of his life. No spoilers, but a warning: keep tissues handy for this gorgeously satisfying book.” —Colleen Oakley, author of You Were There Too
“With How to Save a Life, Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke deliver another winner, where the relatable protagonist Dom is forced to live the same day over and over again—always culminating in a tragic end for the love of his life, Mia, with whom he has recently reconnected. Bittersweet, heartfelt, and captivating, this is a story about love, regret, forgiveness, and the beautiful messiness of life. I couldn’t put it down!” —Karma Brown, bestselling author of Come Away with Me
“Poignant, suspenseful, and utterly original, How to Save a Life kept me guessing with every page I turned. Through magical storytelling and heartfelt prose, Liz and Lisa masterfully explore the importance of living fully in the present moment, without being restrained by the past or derailed by the future.” —Kristin Rockaway, author of How to Hack a Heartbreak
“Liz and Lisa’s latest is flawless and irresistible, profoundly moving and endlessly emotional. How to Save a Life is a truly unique and beautiful reimagining of Groundhog Day, asking if life and death are preordained, if our destiny is predetermined, and if some lives are meant to be saved.” —Christina McDonald, USA Today bestselling author of The Night Olivia Fell