Saving Alice: A Novel

Saving Alice: A Novel

by David Lewis

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Overview

A Novel of Second Choices, Second Chances
Emotion-Packed Fiction From a Bestselling Author

Stephen Whittaker had determined never to be like his dad, someone he considered a loser in every way. Stephen had distanced himself from those early years in Aberdeen, South Dakota, and it was working—an Ivy League education, a great job offer with a New York law firm, and an engagement ring and the proposal all worked out for lovely, talented Alice...

Losing Alice meant that everything changed for Stephen. Back in Aberdeen, he tried to pick up the pieces of his life again. He married his best friend and had a precocious, charming daughter. He went into business and was making big money. It looked like he had things back in hand.

The gradual downward spiral came so slowly he didn't see the signs—and then it was too late... Or was it? If only he could turn the clock back...

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780764200519
Publisher: Baker Publishing Group
Publication date: 01/01/2006
Pages: 352
Sales rank: 800,071
Product dimensions: 5.50(w) x 8.38(h) x 0.90(d)

About the Author

David Lewis, an accomplished keyboard artist and piano teacher, was born in Minnesota and raised in the Midwest. He met his wife, Beverly, in Colorado, where they make their home in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains.

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Saving Alice 2.4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 9 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
I agree with the "confused reviewer" below. I could not follow what happened at the end of this book - as they said, was it a dream - was it mental illness or what? I found it to be very dark at times, such as when he described all the terrible tragedies that were happening to his family; the suicide of his daughter was totally repulsive to me and I felt like not reading the rest of the story. However, I read on, hoping to make some sense of what really had happened, and I still don't know what it was all about. It's as though Stephen went back in time - and suddenly Alice is alive; he is still married to his wife, Donna; and best of all his precocious daughter is still alive. How did this happen? It was a totally confusing book and I would never recommend it to anyone. In fact, I'm sorry that I read it. It's too bad because Mr. Lewis' other books were pretty good.
debs4jc on LibraryThing More than 1 year ago
Stephen tells us his story--the one light of his life is his precocious daughter Alycia. When she becomes a teenager, distant and rebellious, Stephen is at a loss as to what to do. He begins to spend more time with his down and out high school buddies, and dreaming of making it big in the stock market. Gradually the reader learns that Stephen has a past secret--the first love of his life, Alice, died in a tragic car accident and he has never been the same since. As Stephen deals with his crumbling marriage, strained relationship with his daughter, business failures, and past tragedies he learns there may be a way to redeem the past and move on to a brighter future.This story has an unusual--and some may think unfair--twist in the way it is resolved. It gets pretty dark in places too, though it does turn out alright in the end.
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So you know how the man makes his mistake and asks why this is happening to him to God
Rayla Wilson More than 1 year ago
I noticed this novel a local Christian bookstore and seeing the summary on the back of the book, it looked like a good read. This story starts out a bit slow. An average man named Stephen Whitaker is husband to a sensitive wife named Donna, and father to their only child Alicia. Always longing to be wealthy after a bitter past of poverty, Stephen is still stuck in his childhood South Dakota town, where the last named Whitaker is sometimes held at a cautious armlength, thanks to his financially-loser of dad. Stephen still cannot seem to ever forget Alice, his first love and Donna's best friend, whose glamorous life and beauty intrigued Stephen. On the night Stephen was about to propose, Alice slipped from his arms and was out the door in a flash, only to be hit and killed by a car. Stephen still has nightmares about it, knowing he could have saved her. Donna knows this and it hurts her deeply, knowing Stephen would have married Alice over her. Stephen shares a close relationship with his perky daughter Alicia, until the day she pulls the Alice story out of him. Alicia withdraws and Stephen's marriage begins failing. When Donna files for a divorce, saying he never truly was in love with her like he was with Alice, Stephen takes desperate financial steps, certain that he can win his family back with money. It's too late. Alicia commits suicide. Now here is where you scratch your head. Stephen manages to go back in time (I think) and save Alice. But he realizes he loves Donna and marries her. They have a good life. Alicia never slits her wrists. They live happily ever after. THE END Talk about confusing! I agree with the other two reviewers: Did I miss something?? I personally would not recommend this book. But maybe if you read it and understood it, you could explain to the confused!
Babachka More than 1 year ago
yeah..i really didn't get it either? it was really confusing..
Guest More than 1 year ago
I missed something here--just exactly what happened--was it a dream, he slipped into mental illness?-what? I know my concentration is not what it should be but I had to reread last few chapters and still don't get it--please someone enlighten me!!