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Reviewed by Cecelia Hopkins for Readers' Favorite
When I Save Us by Ellie Sabine sees Betsy look deep into her heart before deciding that she wants to fight for her deteriorating marriage. She develops a 30-day plan to spice up their sex and deepen their intimacy. David appears mildly responsive, but tired and distant. Betsy learns he has been grieving not only for his deceased father but also for their lost baby, Cora. Losing her wedding ring feels like the last straw, but the truth David confides is beyond her worst imagining. Betsy is confused when she wakes up in someone else’s body a few years in the past. Can she use the opportunity to improve the future not only for herself but for others?
When I Save Us by Ellie Sabine was an intriguing speculative fantasy. The plot prompted me to think deeply about what can or cannot be changed in life. I was impressed by the way Betsy weighed her options and appeared free to make an informed choice between them. I liked the way Betsy’s resolve underlined the importance of holding onto what is precious to us. I loved the way the narrative was designed to allow Betsy to demonstrate the generosity of spirit required to help others as well as herself. Several chapters had me suspecting David was having an affair, but nothing prepared me for the moment of revelation. Most of all I liked the cautiously optimistic outcome, feeling it was truer to life than melodramatic tragedy or blind happiness. This book warmed my heart and left me feeling at peace with the universe.