I was given a copy of Mile 21 by Sarah Dunster to review.
How would you deal if your husband died after just a little over a year of marriage? How would you move on in life?
In Mile 21, Abish's life gets turned upside down when her husband dies after just a little over a year of marriage. She isn't quite sure what to do with her life after this tragedy and has a hard time adjusting to everyday life. When she continues to fall through on responsibilities she finds herself forced back into the single student scene and housing at BYU-Idaho. Her trials have left her hard and sarcastic and even doubting her faith at times.
At first I found myself having a hard time connecting with the main character and almost annoyed with her at times, but I quickly began to sympathize with her struggles and really began rooting for her and wanting things to be okay and came to like her character a lot. The book made me cry at times, it has been a while since a book has done that, but it did end with a feeling of peace and happiness.
The book addresses how do you keep your faith and hope when everything seems to fall apart. I know I cannot even really imagine how I would deal if Eric were to pass away. I have thought about what I would do, as I think with some things in life you have to, you have to have a plan otherwise I think it would be impossible to function after something tragic.
Mile 21 is definitely an LDS- novel. It is set at BYU-Idaho and has a lot of LDS lingo and culture infused throughout. I believe anyone could appreciate and learn something from her struggles and her journey as she tries to get her life back on track but might be a little lost if you do not have at least some familiarity with the LDS culture. If you do read it though and have any questions, I would be happy to help you figure out some of the ins and outs of the LDS culture.
It is a quick read and a clean book that especially if you are fan of LDS fiction you will enjoy.
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Disclaimer: I was given a copy of Mile 21 to review, all feelings and opinions are my own and truthful.