This Monday I am posting a review for Keep Her by Leora Krygier. I had the fantastic pleasure of signing up for the Fall Favorite Things Blog Tour, and I am so happy I did not pass this one up! This first title was a huge hit for me!
Being Released Tomorrow 9/6/16!
By Leora Krygier
Publisher: She Writes Press
Genre: YA Fiction (Inspired by true events)
Keep Her follows 17 year old Maddie during the summer as she struggles with deciding between pursuing her artistic side or falling back on a career involving mathematics, which have always came naturally. Being one of three adopted children (including a troubled brother), she is also trying to come to terms with family issues and how they are affecting her life. Then Aiden enters her life like a whirlwind, reviving her creativity and introducing her to new possibilities. While he is still grieving the loss of a brother, the two just might find the answers to their own salvation in the midst of art, film making, whale saving, adoption, and one very worn out copy of Moby Dick.
Keep Her is completely different than anything I would normally choose to read. It is also a shining example of why we need to hop outside of the norm every now and then. Sure, I would much rather spend my days reviewing fantasy and horror, but then I miss the rare opportunity to discover a title such as this that pulls at me on such a deep level. A needle in my haystack, if you will.
Leora Krygier has painted a refreshingly beautiful tale of life and love that has left me only wanting more. Her words eloquently spill onto the pages, seamlessly creating a story that will not easily be forgotten. Each paragraph invites the reader to dive a little further, evoking great emotion and what I can only describe as a natural and gifted storytelling ability.
Maddie and Aiden feel genuine, engaging the reader from the very first encounter . The connection between the author and her characters resonates throughout Keep Her. Lavish development encourages the reader to learn more, to want to know more. They are endearing and easy to sympathize with. Everything about Maddie and Aiden, as well as the supporting characters worked so well for me. I simply lost myself within their story.
The setting adeptly alternates between Aiden’s time at sea and the present. I think the narration, which is told through Aiden’s letters to his brother and Maddie’s perspective, is one of the most delightful aspects of reading Keep Her. The author has managed to take a story of real life struggles such as family and financial difficulties, self discovery and forgiveness and presented it in a consistent pace that progressed with ease.
While we cannot all relate to the challenges that may arise with adoption and missions to save the whales, we have at some point experienced grief and loss. We have experienced love. We have experienced self doubt. Leora Krygier has managed to wrap all of these emotions up into one gorgeous tale that hits hard and makes its mark. The ending was magnificent. The story of Maddie and Aiden felt complete. And if you visit leorakrygier.net you can view additional photos and letters for a heightened effect. I always love bonus features with books!
This was easily 4 stars for me. If you are looking for a read with some real depth and emotion, I recommend picking up a copy of Keep Her. It truly is a terrific reading experience.
*I recieved a copy from the publisher in exchange for an honest review. The opinions above are my own.
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If you are in the area, Leora Krygier will be at:
Barnes & Noble, 3rd St. Promenade
Third & Wilshire BLVD., Santa Monica, CA
on 9/8/16 at 7:00 pm for a book signing 🙂
About The Author
*As provided by the publisher*
Leora Krygier’s first novel, When She Sleeps (Toby Press), was a New York Public Library selection for “Best Books for the Teen Age.” Leora currently lives in L.A. with her husband. When she’s not writing, Leora loves to go to the beach, walk the Santa Monica Mountain trails and snap lots of photographs. You can connect with her at leorakrygier.net.