Saturday, December 13, 2014
Nanee's Review of Saving Jason by EJ Hanagan
Jason Barnes is a free spirit. Underneath that fun-loving surface lurks a severe case of PTSD, his personal souvenir from the war on terror. After his young marriage breaks up, he bounces from girlfriend to girlfriend, never allowing himself to get too close, all while maintaining a friendship with his ex-wife, Samantha Colton. Everything changes when he meets Abby Jacobsen, a smart and sassy artist - but with love comes jealousy, and Abby doesn’t stand for Jason’s cozy friendship with Samantha. Two hours after a heated argument causes Jason to storm out of their apartment, Abby receives a phone call from the intensive care unit of a New Hampshire hospital.
The hospital walls close in on Abby and Samantha as they are forced to make tough decisions while trying hard not to kill each other. The two form a rare bond when Emma Jane, Jason’s mom, arrives on the scene.
Three weeks after Jason’s accident, Abby is left alone and hovering over a handful of positive pregnancy tests. During her pregnancy, Abby works with Samantha to dig up clues of Jason’s past. As the truth is discovered, their worlds are irreversibly changed.
An emotionally-moving look at PTSD and the intersection of three lives, Saving Jason is a riveting glimpse into unexpected friendships and the ripples we leave without our knowledge
This book is full of emotion and love for Jason. I thought the story was well written, the characters well developed and I thought the writer hit the mark with the PTSD Jason suffers, the author sheds light on real issues, loss and heartache in dealing with PTSD and thought it was well captured what Jason is going through and those around him. Samantha and Jason loved each other once as a husband and wife now just really good friends and Samantha although is married a second time to a great man still wants Jason to rely on her and be there for him when he needs her. I love that they still have that but felt sometimes Samantha was a little over bearing when it came to certain issues that Abby was trying to deal with. I thought Abby although she should stay far away from Jason's useless mother..lol.. thought Abby was genuine she cared and wanted it to work with Jason but her jealousy sometimes took over, but she absolutely loves him. I thought these two women were a positive in their own ways in Jason's life and learned to deal with each and form a bond that then turned to much more, loved that. The only complaint is it was a little drawn out in parts at the hospital with the Abby looking back and Samantha reminiscing about her past with Jason and with her father, who I loved how he still loves Jason too. I thought the story was very loving and emotional and a great read. Bottom line Jason is a hero, my heart is broken.. 4-4.5 stars
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