Sunday, October 26, 2014

Book Review - Live for Today

Live For Today by Sandra Steiner
4 out of 5 Stars

Note:  I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.

The story of Lily, a girl plagued by nightmares of a childhood she knows little about.  She goes in search of what her childhood was about and what happened to her.  In turn, she finds more than she is expecting.  She finds family she didn't know existed, and she finds a life she didn't know she could have, and she finds the closure she was looking for.

When I started reading this book, I was concerned since it was told in third person.  It was told by a narrator and not through the main character herself.  However, Sandra Steiner does a great job of telling the story from outside of the characters and still infusing the feeling and emotion needed to get the story told.  

This was a well told story that I could enjoy.  I was much more pleased with this book than with the first book in the series.  This book showed some thought and results, where the first book was a monotony of a woman's life.  I was more impressed with this story and found it a vast improvement over Steiner's first.  

Summary from Goodreads:  Lily looked over her shoulder and, seeing no one, began to relax. It was just her imagination. It had to be, didn’t it? She could not remember a time when she did not feel as though someone was watching her.
Sitting on the beach watching the calm water always seemed to help to ease the panic. The waves were gently lapping against the driftwood on the beach. The sound of the seagulls was soothing. The smell of the salty ocean air was comforting. So why couldn’t she just relax? Today, it did not seem to be working.
Last night the dreams had kept her awake through most of the night. If only she knew what they meant. She was so tired of them. They had plagued her for her entire life, as long as she could remember anyhow. Today was a day filled with questions, and she just wanted answers. All her life she had worked at blocking memories. Maybe it was time for her to lay her past to rest. The idea of it terrified her, and she really wasn’t sure why. She wanted to move forward in her life; it was time.

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