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Reviewed by Jack Magnus for Readers' Favorite
Finding Edward: Save Me, Book 3 is a new adult contemporary fiction novel written by Suzanne McKenna Link. Eddie Rudack was not altogether comfortable with the current upheaval of his life. He had been living in his family’s rental home with his brother, Ray, ever since his mom moved out to share her boyfriend’s home. While his belongings consisted mostly of clothes and art books, tossing out the art supplies that had dried up in the time since he last used them still hurt. As he went through the motions of packing and unpacking, he wondered, not for the hundredth time, about the letters that his grandmother had sent him, Ray and their mom. Ray’s had indicated that his bequest was linked to his marrying and finding a house to purchase. Their mom was not saying anything at all about her letter. In his letter, his grandmother told Eddie that she wanted him to travel to Positano, Italy, and, on his return from abroad, it was up to him whether he used his bequest for the art school he had always wanted or other technical training. She also told him that part of his mom’s bequest was for her to share a long-held secret with him. Whatever could that secret be? Eddie didn’t waste any time before texting her and telling her that he’d be right over. What his mom had to share would shake Eddie to his very core.
Suzanne McKenna Link’s Finding Edward is the third book in the author’s Save Me series, but it works perfectly well as a standalone. While I hadn’t read the preceding two books in the series, the story sounded intriguing, and I decided to give a try. I’m glad I did. Finding Edward is a beautifully written book that illustrates how the coming of age can happen at any age, as indeed it does for 26-year-old Eddie. The author’s descriptions of Positano and the other places in Italy that Eddie explores rank as first-rate travel literature, and following him as he tries to learn the truth about his parentage and rediscovers his talent is a grand experience indeed. Link’s characters swiftly felt like old friends, and her plot kept me engaged and motivated from the very first page. I also appreciated her inclusion of LGBT issues and the pressures gays and lesbians face, especially in tradition-bound countries such as Italy. Finding Edward: Save Me, Book 3 is most highly recommended.