When Jill met Jay Greenfield she knew she had found her forever love. She was a kindergarten teacher, he was a high-powered attorney and their lives were perfect. But when a tragic accident takes Jay’s life, this young bride is left to pick up the pieces.
Jill finds herself a young widow facing multiple decisions she thought she had a lifetime to decide. With support from her childhood best friends, Lanie and Stella, Jill attempts to piece her life back together. With nightmares plaguing her dreams and the struggles of constant grief over Jay’s passing, Stella and Lanie keep near constant vigilance over her.
In the process of settling the estate, Jill learns that her husband was not quite the man she thought he was. She finds herself transported to the small beach town of Oak Island, North Carolina. But the fairy tale ending she envisioned no longer exists. She must face the reality that Jay is gone as she finds herself having a chance at love one more time.
Safe and Sound follows a yearlong journey of love, loss, friendship, and conquering the unexpected.
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Usually, I’m not very fond of books that make me cry, but this story really melt my heart. After just few pages I literally burst into tears. This book brought me back couple of years ago when suddenly I lost someone I loved. My memories came back and I cried the whole evening. It was very hard for me to hold back my tears, and I had all these flashbacks from the past. Next day, I continued reading the story and I didn’t regret any minute spent withr this book.
The story is centered around Jill, young, recently married woman, whose husband goes out for jogging and ends up hit by car. She hardly survives the emotional moments in the hospital. It is all like in the movies, you think that it is not happening, or it is happening to someone else. Surviving the worst nightmare, Jill has to make the hardest decision of her life, to let her husband go, to turn off the machines that are keeping him alive. Her love of the lifetime is gone, her life is falling apart into very small pieces that she can not collect again. How to move on?
Luckily for Jill, her best friends from childhood are there for her, they don’t loose her out of sight even for a second. Lanie and Stella are always there for her, even when she thinks she doesn’t need them. Having friends around you is very important in moments like that. But the sun shines again and it is time to move on. Jill’s husband wouldn’t like her to live like that forever. Day after day, the broken pieces of her life are gathered together. Jill finds our her husband had secrets and he was planning something else. Does Jill have the streight to reveal her husband’s secrets? Can she survive one more hit? Can she move on?
It’s hard for me to believe that this is a debut novel. It is beautifully written, with so many emotions. From the very first page I was drawn in and was completely immersed throughout. The main character is so well and deeply described, I feel like I know her forever. I also love her best friends, they are both so unique and have these amazing personalities we all look for in a friend. It’s a beautiful and touchy story not just about the pain of losing a close one, but is also a story of surviving, coping with pain and moving on. Totally recommended.
My rating: 9/10