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Olivia's sad, solitary life in Seattle comes dangerously close to ending one fateful night, if not for a neighbor saving her in the nick of time. Curious about her mysterious rescuer, she seeks him out in hope of getting some answers, but instead finds something she never thought she'd have again.

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Emerald City

by Alicia K. Leppert

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Overall Review:  

Olivia has lived a very difficult life. Everyone she's ever loved or cared for has abandoned her and as a result, deep depression has set in. She's finally pushed over the edge, but luckily for her, she's rescued by a mysterious guy. After putting up major walls from everyone leaving her, Olivia finds herself reluctantly letting her rescuer, Jude, slowly break down those walls as they become friends. A heart-wrenching page turner as you discover just how much Olivia has been deeply hurt and how difficult it can be to pull yourself out of depression. It was amazing to see how Olivia was able to become stronger than she ever thought possible with her own determination, the help of a friend, and a few other factors. On top of dealing with her difficult life, Jude has secrets that Olivia is trying to figure out and this just keeps adding to her emotional ups and downs.  Once the secrets are revealed, even more surprises pop up. Jude and Olivia are well-developed characters, making you really feel what they're experiencing. A sweet story of how much someone will do for love. I really enjoyed this book and give it high marks! 

Content Analysis:  

Profanity/Language: Few (2) Mild obscenities; One offensive hand gesture.

Violence/Gore: Few (5) brief incidents including but not limited to a suicide (little detail); character finding mother after she commits suicide; character shoving another character; recalling a fight; mention of possession by evil spirits. One extended incident of bullying and fighting.


Sex/Nudity: Many (25) brief incidents including but not limited to kissing; hugging; hand holding; cuddling; male character working with shirt off; characters discussing that they won't have sex until they're ready (very brief).

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Attempted suicide; infidelity; parental and spouse abandoment; suicide; killing, war, cancer, disease; possession by evil spirits; death of family members.

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Character overdosing on drugs; mention of minor drinking; character remembering father being drunk.

Reviewed By Jenny
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