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Reviewed by K.C. Finn for Readers' Favorite
I Am Eller is a work of fiction in the women’s fiction, interpersonal drama, and slice-of-life subgenres, and it is the sequel to A Winter Song. The work is best suited to the adult reading audience since it contains some moderate references to sexual assault. Penned by author DeNeece Butler, this book continues the captivating narrative that started in the first one. In this installment, readers are once again drawn into a world filled with excitement and intrigue. One of the central revelations in this story is the identity of Eller, who is a clone of her mother. The story delves into the circumstances and reasons behind this cloning, adding a layer of complexity to the characters' lives. The novel builds on the events from the first one, reminding readers of the tragedies that Winter, the main character, has faced, including the loss of her parents and the murder of her first husband. Her decision to move to Alaska and her subsequent marriage to Joel Blanchard, who has his own story of loss, provide a rich backdrop for the sequel.
Author DeNeece Butler masterfully weaves together the individual stories of each family member, creating a larger narrative that is both heartwarming and emotionally charged. The book explores themes of love, family, and resilience in the face of adversity and does so with deeply relatable dialogue and character development that brings the story home to a realistic place. The clever pacing and plot twists make it a story that keeps you hooked, eager to uncover the next life-changing event in the characters' journeys and discover how their paths intertwine. Overall, I Am Eller is a compelling continuation of the narrative set in motion by A Winter Song, and it offers readers a satisfying and emotional journey through unique perspectives. I would not hesitate to recommend it to readers of the first books and to fans of interpersonal drama, family sagas, and women’s fiction everywhere for its emotional depth and complexity.