Is love always worth saving - no matter what the cost?
The car crash should have killed her. But rookie paramedic Peter Webster takes the emergency call, and helps the young woman, Sheila Arsenault, to survive. After the accident, she haunts his thoughts, despite his misgivings about getting involved with a patient. Soon he is embroiled in an intense love affair and in Shei...more
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Summary: Small town young man saves trashy but sexy drunk stranger. Before developing any kind of meaningful relationship with her, they have a quick wham, bam, and thank you ma'am. And then some more. And then she announces she's pregnant. She's still trashy and he (Webster, the protagonist) gives up his dream ...more
Well, it's pretty bad. The novel ...more
I felt I knew more about Webster, the main character / father / husband, and his skills as a medic than I did as a person. What made him want to pursue this girl who was selfish enou ...more
Rescue is the story of a young paramedic who responds to a car crash. He finds a woman who has managed to run her car off the road and into a tree. A drunk driving incident. Sounds like a catch doesn't she. Webster, the paramedic, peruses her, she ends up getting pregnant and they marry. The marriage unravels and Webster is left to raise ...more
November 30, 2010 - Little, Brown & Company - Hardcover, 288 pages
Can you save someone else from their demons?
Peter Webster was 21 when he literally saved Sheila Arsenault’s life. His EMT team was responding to the call for medical assistance and they met. While these were less than ideal circumstances a relationship was formed and Sheila grabbed on with both hands to Webster’s lifeline. Webster had the one and only thing Sheila craved – normalcy.
I enjoyed reading Anita Shreve's most recent contribution, but I have found others that she has written more satisfying. I will not create any "spoilers" here. Further plot descriptions are readily available elsewhere.
Shreve's narrative skills are evident and she has created a degree of tension, but the novel did not require that the read ...more
At 23, Pete Webster, working as an EMT, rescues a drunk Bostonian (named Sheila) from a car accident. Though she's an alcoholic (and pool hustler?) and he exists in a Mayberry sort of world in Vermont, he inexplicibly falls in lust. She gets preg ...more
RESCUE moves in and out of such moments. It opens with a rural Vermont EMT and his daughter, a high school senior, at breakfast. The EMT is Web ...more
But aside from the narrator, I just didn't love the story. It followed the life of a young EMT, who falls in love with a beautiful young woman he meets on an accident scene one night. ...more
I wanted to like this book more. I wasn't expecting the dark cloud to be constantly present. Some burst of a sunlit uplifting scene could have made all the difference instead o ...more
When young EMT Peter Webster rescued Sheila from a crash fueled by alcohol, it set off a chain reaction of rescues. Instantly smitten with Sheila, he not only rescues her, but they become involved. When she gets pregnant, they marry and have a daughter Rowan.
Briefly, life is wonderful for the new family until Sheila gets in another alcohol-induced accident, this time with two-year-old Rowan in tow. Decisions are ...more
Peter was instantly attracted to Sheila. He visited her after the accident to see if she was alright and even though he knew it was probably not something he should do he continued to see her. It wasn’t long before they became involved in a passionate love affair and Sheila became pregn ...more
Eighteen years earlier when Webster was a new EMT, one of his first assignments was responding to a one-car accident involving a young woman, ...more
Webster is an EMT and him and his partner get a call. The call is for a single automobile accident. The woman involved in the accident is drunk and Webster is drawn to her. He thinks about her and follows up on how she is after the incident. The woman is named Shei ...more
Sheila turns her head, "Go slowly and be careful," she says.”