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 & Sound follows a yearlong journey of love, loss, friendship, and conquering the unexpected.’
I was given a copy of this book in return for an honest review
An emotional, but by no means mushy or maudlin, story which pulled me in straight away. Following Jill’s journey as she works through the trauma of losing her husband so early in their marriage is heartbreaking. Although Jill has her two best friends, Lanie and Stella, to help and support her she understandably struggles to get back to some sort of normality.
After coping with scattering Jay’s ashes and going through the house packing up his things I could only feel empathy for what Jill is going through. She is a realistic and likeable character and it’s easy to relate to her. I love the friendship aspect of the story and how it’s explored in-depth, showing how close the three women are, always there to offer help, strength and support to one another. So many emotions are delved into, grief, love, loss, laughter and anger but it’s also about hope and faith and no matter how dark the day there’s always something to be grateful for even if it’s hard to see or appreciate at the time.
And when the time eventually comes for Jill to settle Jay’s affairs and his estate an unexpected surprise gives her a welcome feeling of hope and peace. A heartwarming and fascinating story and a situation that could relate to anyone.
Great writing and characterisation, all the characters come across as true to life and the intricacies of human behaviour and experiences, good and bad, were handled sensitively. I liked the sense that this is a journey of discovery too. The tragedy has changed Jill’s take on life in subtle ways and she’s emerged a stronger, more resilient person who can open her heart to love again.
T.S. Krupa was born in New Haven, Connecticut. Raised in a Polish household with a blended American culture, she is fluent in Polish. She graduated with her bachelor’s degree from Franklin Pierce University,where she also played field hockey. She earned her Master’s from Texas Tech University and plans to graduate with her Doctor of Education from North Carolina State University in 2014. She lives in North Carolina with her husband and her dog. Safe & Sound is her first novel.