Sunday, August 28, 2016

I'm Still Here by Clélie Avit

I'm Still Here
by Clélie Avit

My rating: 5 stars

Publisher: Grand Central Publishing (August 23, 2016)
Publication Date: August 23, 2016
Genre: Women's Fiction
Print Length: 256 pages
Available from: Amazon | Barnes & Noble
Elsa has been in a coma for five months. With all hope of reviving her gone, her family and doctors are having to face the devastating fact that it might be time to turn off her life support... They don't realise that in the past few weeks Elsa has regained partial consciousness; she knows where she is and can hear everyone talking around her bed, but she has no way of telling them she's there.

Thibault is in the same hospital visiting his brother, a drunk driver responsible for the deaths of two teenage girls. Thibault's emotions are in turmoil and, needing a retreat, he finds his way into Elsa's room. Seeing her lying there so peacefully, he finds it hard to believe she is not just sleeping.

Thibault begins to visit Elsa regularly. As he learns more about her through her family and friends, he begins to realise that he is developing feelings for her. And when he talks to her, he can't help feeling that she can hear his every word...

For Elsa, his visits are like a breath of fresh air. Here is finally someone who speaks to her as if she is a real life person. Who makes her laugh. And who gives her something to fight for...

And so begins a love story that might just save both their lives...

I'm Still Here by Clélie Avit
I'm Still Here (Je Suis Là)Imagine your consciousness being trapped within the confines of your body, unable to communicate with those around you, frozen in a kind of suspended animation. For months, after the avalanche that trapped Elsa under the snow, she lay in a coma, no signs of life, machines doing the work of breathing, monitors beeping their sad and monotonous tones. When her hearing returned, she was able to hear what went on around her, from the cold proclamations of the experts to the heart-wrenching pleas from her family and friends. Still, she lay trapped within herself, until one day, one stranger gave her a reason to truly fight to survive.

Thibault cannot bring himself to visit his brother, a self-centered party boy who barely escaped death in a crash he caused. The crash that killed two innocent girls. Was it fate that had him hiding out in the rook with the comatose girl? As time went on, he finds himself talking to her, resting next to her and he swears she responds to him, while the experts brush it off as spasms. He knows he isn’t wrong, but cannot get Elsa to show them she is in there…and time is running out.

Don’t expect action and adventure, bold moves by brawny heroes or heaving bosoms from the heroines in Clelie Avit’s I’m Still Here. Prepare to find yourself immersed in a tale of hope and love, of loss and pain and to feel every emotion, every frustration and the feeling of pure joy and agony faced by both Elsa and Thibault, as well as every character involved. Clelie Avit’s message is not lost in the translation from her native tongue to English and this story will warm even the coldest heart. Almost like a sweet song, this tale will resonate with readers looking for something with true depth and beauty. Step out of your comfort zone and feel each word as it slams into your heart.

I received this copy from Grand Central Publishing in exchange for my honest review.

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