How had it come to this? How could so much talent be so wasted? Why had no one stepped in to save Amy? Where had it all gone so tragically wrong? Everything you need to make a unique, easy, and budget-friendly movie theater tickets gift card basket as an end-of-the-school-year thank-you gift for teachers.
And then enter Richard Lewis Doctor Richard Lewis, who became Amy's savior in a lot of ways. Amy and Richard's romance was just beautiful to watch, especially during the times that they were both navigating through their sort of forbidden feelings given their doctor-patient relationship as well as the fact that he was ten years older than her.
But of course, their attraction and feelings to each other just became too much to bear that they had to give in and man oh man was it hot and super swoon-worthy! Richard was just too perfect for words. Thus begins Amy's journey to a path to healing with the help and guidance of Richard BUT of course, it is without any hindrances, problems, and tragedy.
All in all, this was really such a beautiful story but somewhere along the way I think somewhere in the middle , things got a little lost and dragging for me. I can't believe I'm gonna complain about this but Richard got a little too unbelievably perfect for me. I really loved his sleek, mysterious, and sweet ways at first but then he became too sweet to the point that it was as if he suddenly turned into a pussy-whipped guy overnight that made me forget that he's already 28 years old. I guess their sweet moments just lost its magic after a while.
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I understand the author's aim to show us Amy's road to healing but I think something lacked with the way the story progressed and developed. I think it has something to do with the fact that the first part of the story was so raw, believable, and real and then it suddenly lost its way. Don't let my personal qualms hinder you from reading this one because this is a definite must-read! I think all of us will be able to relate a bit to Amy not unless your teenage years were just so perfect with rainbows and butterflies and the way she moved on from the tragedies and demons of her past.
But of course if you had a hot, rich, and super swoony doctor for a boyfriend who's head-over-heels in love with you, things couldn't be that bad right? Jan 30, Sera added it Shelves: angsty-intense , age-gap , abuse , top-of-tbr. View all 3 comments. Jul 07, Roni Guzman rated it it was amazing. I don't even know how to explain my feelings for this book. It was an emotional roller coaster for me. The story made me cry, angry, heartbroken, sad, and it even made me laugh. This entire book was amazing. The pain and suffering that Amy went through was unimaginable.
Any time I read a book where there is abuse any kind of abuse , it is very hard to read because of my past. The author has to really understand abuse and know how to put it into writing for the reader to truly understand what th I don't even know how to explain my feelings for this book. The author has to really understand abuse and know how to put it into writing for the reader to truly understand what they are feeling.
It's so easy for people to believe that the victim of abuse should just get up and leave, when in fact it is NOT. In this book you watch Amy hit rock bottom, and slowly starts believing in herself. Of course, this has a lot to do with Richard Lewis the doctor that first treats her. There is a huge age difference between the two of them by 10 years.
She is 18 where as he is I had no problem with it, because the abuse she suffered and survived from didn't allow her to be the normal child. She had to raise herself, and I believe this is what captivated Richard. Even though she thought she was a weak person and didn't deserve to be alive, Richard saw beyond that. The love Richard had for her was truly heartbreaking, because it takes a strong person to love somebody that has been through the hell Amy went through. Yes I cried for her and for him. There struggles to stay together were hard to read because they truly were legitimate reasons that could break up a relationship like theirs.
I don't even want to talk about Joanna. Richard's crazy ex-girlfriend, who is a counselor by the way. You almost want to punch her in the face, well maybe not almost. I think I would have because she caused so much trouble when their relationship was just starting, and kept stirring up problems until she gets a taste of her own medicine. I couldn't have been happier.
The story did have a few things that made you laugh. I loved the part when he took her to an amusement park. I laughed so much, and then at the very end when she was in the hospital. How she yelled at him to do the breathing, and her description of the pain she was feeling that was indescribable. I don't want to say why she was in the hospital, because I would like for you to enjoy the book and see how it ends. Once you read it and get to the epilogue you will know exactly what I'm talking about. I started this book at 11pm and finished it by 3am the next morning.
I could not and would not put it down. I had to see it through the end, and I loved every part of it. The lack of sleep was worth it : Bring out the tissues, alcohol, and chocolate. You will definitely need this while reading the book and after you finish it. View 1 comment. Shelves: to-read-contemporaries , own-but-not-read , kindle , next , to-read-cr-stand-alone , g-contemporaries , kindle-freebie , next View all 4 comments. Aug 23, Mel rated it it was amazing.
This book is such a roller coaster of emotion! You have 18 year old Amelia "Amy" who has been abused at the hands of her father all of her life, and her mother is a negligent drunk who just drinks herself into oblivion while watching the father beat Amy. The abuse causes Amy to find harmful and reckless ways of dealing with her pain. She self harms, has sex with strangers and turns her attention to drugs to find an escape. Then she meets Richard. The handsome stranger who finds her passed out on This book is such a roller coaster of emotion! The handsome stranger who finds her passed out on the pavement after her high on drugs.
He goes out of his way to care for Amy himself, rather than just pass her off to the emergency services. As the story develops, Amy's reckless behaviour brings her with another encounter with Richard, as she discovers he is a doctor on the emergency ward. Richard and Amy grow closer and it is not long until they find themselves falling in love with each other - much to ex girlfriend Joanna's dismay.
Because of Amy's turbulent past, she finds herself wondering whether she is worthy of a man like Richard and why he'd even bother saving her, when after all, in his line of work he'd see many different cases of vulnerable people in need - so what makes Amy so different? What are Richard's intentions, that drives him to be so protective of Amy? Can Amy put her past behind her and learn how to trust and accept love in her life? Whilst reading Saving Amy, I really found myself yearning to reach out for Amy and comfort her when she didn't have anyone. She kept her abuse a secret from everyone she knew, for fear that her powerful father would influence his way out of trouble and hurt her even further.
The author did a brilliant job of giving the readers an insight into what it's like to be driven to the extremes Amy went to because of her situation - there are definitely moments where you feel your heart break for Amy. I'd suggest anyone to read this book if they feel they can handle such depression and violence being played before their eyes. If you do decide to give this book a go, then you won't be disappointed as it won't be one of those books where you feel like giving up half way through, take the time to enjoy it and reflect back on what happens with the characters.
Jul 07, Karen Peacock rated it it was amazing Shelves: favorites. This book is just chalked full of raw emotion. I love, love, loved it! I don't know why I waited so long to read it. I have seen it recommended for a while. Amy did not live the princess life growing up with her alcoholic mother and abusive step-dad. To deal with the abuse, Amy learns how to deal with the pain on her own which leads her down a destructive path. Richard, a young doctor, finds Amy on a night when she was most destructive and decides to take care of her. Both with challenging WOW! Both with challenging backgrounds, they forge a relationship against all odds.
You will have to read to find out what happens to this beautiful couple. Nicola creates beautiful prose that just captivates you from the moment you begin reading the book until you finish the last sentence. Her characters are beautifully developed and you feel like you can relate to them or that they have been your friends all along.
There were moments in the book where I actually set my Kindle down because of the intense emotions that each character goes through in this book. Nicola masterfully describes some very difficult scenes in this book. If you love a great story full of emotion, heartache, and powerful love, then I recommend this book to you! Nicola is one of those authors that I would read anything that she writes.
She is amazing and you will add her to your favorite authors as I have done. Thanks Nicola of sharing your talent with me! I will never get tired of loving you. Feb 22, Tracy rated it it was amazing Shelves: messed-up-dark-broken-emotions , freebie , new-adult , favourites.
This book was an emotionally heart breaking read. It had its fair share of upsetting scenes, it was such intense raw emotion, I really felt for the characters and was routing for them to get their HEA!! The letters finally broke me and I was sitting there with a HUGE lump in my throat with tears falling down my face, being a parent myself I struggled to understand why any parent could allow their child to go through what Amy went through.
Richard erm sexy doctor may I add became Amy's light at t This book was an emotionally heart breaking read. He was so loving torward her it made my heart melt. Could she really trust him though? Would she allow love to enter her heart? Could she even feel love? This was one story I could relate to in ways, the author didnt shy away from putting in the self harming scenes, or the abusive behavior of Amys 'father', it was so real, which made reading it more emotional!
I really enjoyed this book, putting it in a simple way it was about a girl who lost all hope in living a 'normal' life, turning to self harming, drugs and alcohol, nobody should feel as worthless as Amy did :- This is her story of learning to trust, love, and finally believe that maybe she could be happy! I suggest you get the tissues at the ready if you pick this book up! Aug 08, Amanda Hootie Clark rated it really liked it Shelves: must-read , emotional , new-adult. It's books like this that make me thankful that I grew up in a warm and loving environment but at the same time makes my heart ache for anyone who has had to live like this.
Amy's character was hard to identify with at times for me. Having been abused since childhood she turned to drugs, alcohol and cutting herself to cope with the pain. This book was intense and emotional yet at times romantic and endearing. A powerful and respected attorney she fears for her life if she tries to get tell the authorities about her abuse so she keeps quiet. I have never lived inside the mindset of anyone in Amy's position so it was hard for me to understand why she didn't say anything to anyone.
Her mother was a deteriorating drunk who never would step in and help Amy either so she was truly alone. IN order for Amy to deal with the pain swimming inside her head and heart she cuts herself as a way to release the burden she carries. This is another aspect I couldn't relate to but I found myself sympathizing with her and wanting to comfort and console her. She hid her scars from everyone choosing only to cut her legs so it wouldn't be noticeable even to her best friend Julie. During a party one night Amy tries cocaine for the first time and the instant high helps her forget all her problems.
That brief reprieve from her internal suffering was all it took for her to search out another high and this time finding something much stronger. I have seen firsthand how drugs can affect someone having lived with a man who did cocaine and through that experience I found myself understanding where Amy was coming from. I was just thankful someone found her in time. When Richard Lewis comes into the picture during the middle of the story I was extremely excited about this new development.
From his first scene caring for Amy after she passes out basically in front of his apartment building I knew I would love him. It wasn't until after she attempts to end her sorrow for good that Richard steps in and tries to help her. I'm usually not into stories where the broken damsel in distress needs a man to save her, but in this case I think the author did a wonderful job of showing that Amy needed someone to notice her suffering and step in to help. Richard recognized the signs and got her set up with counseling and ends up moving her into his apartment when he finds out about her abusive situation at home.
These two develop intense feelings for each other as the story progresses and naturally blossoms into love the more they get to know each other. What I wasn't prepared for was how broken Richard was an how much he needed Amy as much as she needed him. I honestly loved Richard's character, even when he messes up and causes some unnecessary tension between them.
Joanna adds unnecessary drama to Richard and Amy's life with her constant presence and negative opinion of Amy. Being a counselor, Joanna was supposed to help Amy get better but ultimately adds more grief to her already full plate.
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I hated Joanna's character very much. By this time in the story I was already in love with Amy and Richard and Joanna did nothing but try to drive a wedge between them. She almost succeeds because Richard is so blind to her viciousness that he overlooks it until Amy can't take any more and disappears.
My heart broke for Richard because he loves Amy so much and watching him suffer after all he has been through not just in his past but watching Amy try to survive was very emotional. I loved how patient and caring Richard was to her. He had moments of stupidity as all men do but I never doubted his character and integrity. Amy was all over the place and by the time the story ended I felt like I grew up with her. Richard's family was absolutely amazing and I loved how honest and sweet they were in accepting Amy into their lives.
They were a very strong group of support for Amy that added more depth to the story for me. Overall I really enjoyed this gut wrenching story of one young woman's struggle to overcome abuse and pain and find something truly beautiful in return. Richard and Amy go through a lot in this story and prove just how strong love can be. The epilogue nearly killed me with how amazingly sweet it was. I won't lie I had tears in my eyes. I mean after watching this girl suffer tremendously it was magical to see her finally find peace in her turbulent world.
Saving Amy was a winner for me and if you enjoy stories of struggle and heartache with an ending that will bring you to your knees then this is the book for you. Sep 12, Tami rated it really liked it. If I had to describe Saving Amy in one word it would be "intense". Despite the fact that there is an uplifting, hopeful thread to the story, it is also bleak, sad and distressing to consider the life that Amelia Amy Hope lived is, in fact, lived by many.
The first few chapters of Saving Amy were incredibly disturbing - a violent and abusive father, a mother detaching herself from her surroundings with a gin bottle, drug abuse, random sexual encounters and self harm I was devastated by the horror that was Amy's life. To me her choices were all about survival, which is kind of ironic because every one of them took her so close to death. These chapters painted a graphic picture of Amy, her life, and her quest to escape it so well that I felt like I was right there with her and I so wished I could reach out and do something to show her that she did have a worth.
Following a suicide attempt Amy finds herself in hospital. Dr Richard Lewis is her attending physician. Amy is painfully reminded of the time he had helped her once before, embarrassed by the tingling she feels when he touches her and the flush that involuntarily colors her cheeks. Richard has secrets in his past that no-one else knows and he is drawn to Amy.
He steps into her life and while Amy doesn't fully understand why Richard is doing what he is doing, she accepts what he offers on the basis that it will be short lived, an escape from the pain that is her life, until she has to return home again. I thought I loved him - if that was an emotion I was even capable of - but I knew he didn't love me; he just wanted to save me.
Having lived her life in fear, hiding her horrific home life from everyone, she was incredibly strong, incredibly resilient. Mature beyond her eighteen years Amy had essentially resigned herself to her life, deciding it was what she deserved and sought to release her pain in increasingly risky ways. Richard saw things in Amy she wasn't able to see. Saving Amy is beautifully written. I found myself lost in the story. At times I had to put it aside briefly as the intensity of the subject matter was a little overwhelming. The beatings Amy suffered at the hands of her father were quite graphically described at times and as a parent it was difficult to read, particularly knowing that her mother was effectively allowing it to occur.
Despite the bleak elements of the story there was a thread of hope, a promise of happiness, woven into the story that had me persisting to the end, and I am very glad that I did. There is a happy ending, although the path is not smooth. There were some elements that were unpredictable, as well as elements that were heartbreaking although critical to the outcome. Upon finishing Saving Amy I was left feeling drained, sad that Amy had had the life she did, but happy she had managed to find a way to rise above her experiences and become so much more than she ever thought possible.
Jul 08, Emily rated it it was amazing. I felt like I was really there with Amy with everything she had to deal with. Richard too. At times he struggled himself with some aspects of being in a relationship. It was new to him too and he had his own issues to overcome along the way. But he was so supportive of Amy no matter what she was thinking or talking about.
He couldn't have said the things he did if he wasn't utterly devoted to her. It was beautiful to read. I have never read a book that included such intense descriptions of self-harm before and I felt so unbelievably emotional while reading it. It was written in a way that made me understand and like I said I was right there with Amy.
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I felt every bit of her pain. There were happy moments too, even a few funny ones. And then there were the truly moving moments when Richard and Amy's love for each other shone through perfectly. I seriously couldn't put it down it's not one of those books you can keep coming back to when you've got a spare half hour to kill. As for the epilogue - WOW!
I won't give anything away but for the first few lines my heart literally stopped and I thought the book had turned in a direction I completely didn't want it to go!! But I'll let you get to that yourself. Great book. I still can't get my head around how much it affected me. Jun 27, Alpha Possessive Heroes rated it it was amazing Shelves: contemporary-romance , romance , older-hero-younger-heroine , swoon-worthy-hero , sweet-cover , new-adult , abused-tortured-raped , alpha-male.
She finally got her happily ever after!!! Oct 10, Maari rated it it was amazing. I absolutely loved Saving Amy!! It is a raw, edgy, painful book..
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This book will stay with me for a long time! Aug 19, Akansha rated it it was amazing Shelves: , contemporary , best , new-adult , top-downloads. One of best abuse novels I have ever come across though my abuse shelf consists of over YA n NA books!! Aug 10, Jay Jay rated it it was amazing Shelves: gut-wrenching , best-boyfriend-ever , i-need-more-stars , quote-worthy-lines.
This book is beautiful and heartbreaking! Feb 23, Katrina Bryant rated it it was amazing. Heartbreaking, riveting story of abuse and redeeming love. One of the best reads this year. Jul 05, Helena rated it it was amazing Shelves: reads , favorites , review-exchange It's almost addictive - the urge to find some sense of release, of escape. It consumes you entirely - leaving no room to consider anyone else, and the only person that can help you is yourself" This book, oh my god this book, is real, raw and gritty, and if you can believe it after that it's also beautiful.
It's not light, fluffy or easy to read and it may not be a book that everyone can stomach because it shows the effects of long term abuse and the ways in which a person chooses to cope. I can't even begin to describe the emotions associated with this book, I never would have thought that a book about abuse, drugs, and self harm would make it on my favorites list but it has. Haken took me through a year in the life of such a beautiful yet shattered girl and I felt like I was right there with her. Living each moment, suffering each blow, feeling each cut, shedding each tear, and wanting nothing more than to be saved from the nothing that surrounded her.
Shattered doesn't even begin to describe Amy. She has lived her whole life alone in a home with an alcoholic mother and a powerfully influential and extremely abusive father. Always being alone and never feeling love, unless you call love broken ribs, and busted lips, over the years she has found ways to cope Publicly not having many friends except her BFF Julie she has a relatively easy time masking her hurt in front of her by doing the usual teenage rebellion, partying, one night stands, but Amy doesn't do these things for fun like the others around her, shes doing it to escape, to feel Privately Amy copes in another way by inflicting self harm to escape the realities of the wretched word around her.
Escaping the screams of her parents, the fists of her father, by just embracing the pain. I glided the blade through the skin of my thigh slowly, meticulously Again, I tuned out the pain
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