Saving Alice
By Sherri Myers
Mar 1, 2006 - 2:43:00 PM

As a child in Aberdeen, South Dakota, Stephen Whitaker's father was a loser, and he certainly didn't want to be anything like him when he grew up.  Therefore, he tried hard to be different and his efforts had been rewarded.  Stephen had earned high grades and graduated from an Ivy-League college and was offered a fabulous job in a New York law firm, far from his home in 'Uglyville'.  With an engagement ring in his pocket for Alice, his beautiful girlfriend, it seemed as if Stephen had life by the horns.

Stephen's life changes in a flash when Alice is killed in a horrible accident for which he feels responsible.  Instead of accepting the New York job, Stephen stays in Aberdeen to go into partnership with his high school buddy, Larry, and later marries his and Alice's mutual best friend, Donna.  They later have a daughter who they name Alycia in honor of Alice's memory.  Things seem to be going along smoothly again for Stephen, until everything just seems to implode without warning.


Alycia can't stand him anymore, Donna wants a divorce, his father is ill, his best friend is an alcoholic, and his partner is doing illegal activities at the business.  Determined to get his life straightened out, Stephen works on salvaging his relationships with Alycia and Donna first, but is it too late?   


Written in first-person, SAVING ALICE by David Lewis is an indepth novel not for the faint of heart or those seeking a quick, humorous read.  Instead it is a story of a man who once upon a time almost had it all, only to see it end with the death of his beloved mate.  Emotionally unable to accept her death, Stephen instead forfeits happiness in the present to relive the past over and over in an attempt to change the outcome.  While he remains true to his friends, Stephen can't seem to let go of Alice and give his love to Donna, who loves him deeply.  Readers are taken on several detours to end up at a final destination which I didn't foresee and which was a pleasant surprise.  The moral of this story is sometimes God does provide second chances in life, and it depends on whether we take advantage of them or not as to what the true outcome will be of the choices we make.

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