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The bestselling authors of The Good Widow deliver a modern, suspenseful twist on Groundhog Day that asks the question: How far are you willing to go to save the life of someone you love?

Dom is having a very bad day—one he literally can’t escape.

When Dom bumps into Mia, his ex-fiancée whom he hasn’t seen in almost a decade, he believes they’ve been given a second chance and
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Paperback, 303 pages
Published July 14th 2020 by Lake Union Publishing
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Lisa Steinke Hi Sherry,
Thanks for your question. There were several things that inspired us to write this book. We wanted to write a novel that involved magical r…more
Hi Sherry,
Thanks for your question. There were several things that inspired us to write this book. We wanted to write a novel that involved magical realism, something that is a part of our first three novels (Your Perfect Life, The Status of All Things and The Year We Turned Forty.) We were also inspired by The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton--a book we both loved. This led us to wonder how we could do a twist on Groundhog Day. With all of these ideas buzzing in our mind, we created the story of Dom and Mia, and his quest to save her life time and time again. We hope you love it! (less)

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Chelsea Humphrey
One of the things I love most about when Lisa and Liz release a new book, is that you never know exactly what to expect. They don't fall into the rut of predictability; there's always some new take on a genre, a new twist, and a new level of enjoyability. This time, the dynamic duo has taken the Groundhog Day plot and thrown in some romantic suspense to create an emotional multiple chance romance for the ages.

Please, do yourself a favor and go into this one blind. You truly do not want the big
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Nilufer Ozmekik
Apr 17, 2020 rated it really liked it
A brain cell destroying, heartbreaking, tear jerking and emotional version of Groundhog Day!

Welcome to the never ending nightmare of Dominic. He let go his love of his life, Mia, 10 years ago! Because he was dump, he was only 24, he was afraid of commitment and he was just a guy who hated to leave his secured cocoon. He never liked to take risks. But for ten years, he couldn’t find anyone to love as much as he loved Mia!

Now he has a chance to make things right but how you can compensate the tim
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Kim ~ It’s All About the Thrill
*** Happy pub day**** I loved this book!! Just FYI if you look on their website they have some zoom book events that you can attend! It was so much fun! I loved hearing all about the authors and the writing of the book. I promise there were no spoilers!

I have never met a Liz and Lisa book I didn't like and this one is no exception. Although I must say this one did seem a bit "deeper" and managed to evoke a few tears from me. I must admit I was a little skeptical about this "groundhog" day premi
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Kaceey
Jul 08, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: netgalley, buddy-read
Do you truly get over your first love? What if you were given a chance to win them back?

Dom lost the light of his life, Mia, ten years ago after calling off their engagement. And he’s been unable to move on since. Regret has flooded his heart. Destiny intervenes, and a chance encounter at a coffee shop brings Mia back into his life. But can he re-capture and hold on to the love of his life this time? Or is he doomed to lose her forever?

Sometimes you have to face your fears head on!

The less you k
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Susanne  Strong
Jun 28, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: netgalley
Imagine living the same day over and over again.

Little details change but the outcome remains the same. The love of your life dies at the end of it. Every night Dom tries to save Mia and every night, he fails no matter what he does. Dom of course is devastated and each day he tries again. No one in his life comprehends what he is going through because he is the only one going through it.

"How to Save a Life” is a novel with a fairly original premise. I really wanted to love this novel - unfortun
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Jennifer ~ TarHeelReader
Jul 13, 2020 rated it really liked it
I have been reading Liz and Lisa’s books since they wrote contemporaries through some tense summery mystery thrillers, and I have loved following along on their journey. With How to Save a Life, they have returned to contemporary with a touch of whimsy or fantasy, like Groundhog Day. Don’t let me lose you on that note. Go with it for a bit.

Dom runs into Mia, his ex fiancé he hasn’t seen in several years. He wants a second chance with her and asks her out. This sounds perfect and hopeful but ends
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Debra
Jul 21, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: netgalley
3.5 stars

Where did I go wrong?
I lost a friend
Somewhere along in the bitterness
And I would have stayed up with you all night
Had I known how to save a life


-The Fray

Dom is having a bad day alright. A day he is living repeatedly but with enough variations and minor changes that these repetitive days do not become tedious. You see, Dom bumped into his ex-fiancé (the one he has never gotten over and still holds a torch for) and asks her out and she says YES! What could go wrong? Well she dies. N
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Mandy White (mandylovestoread)
How To Save a Life, what a wonderfully fun
After 10 years Dom runs into his ex-fiancé Mia in a coffee shop. She was the one that got away and he never stopped thinking about her. He takes the chance and asks her out and she agrees. But on that date Mia dies. Dom is devastated and wishes that he could have saved her. When he wakes the next morning he realises that he is reliving the same day again but the same thing happens despite his attempts to change the outcome. He gets stuck in a Groundhog
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Larry H
Jul 20, 2020 rated it really liked it
Sometimes saving the person you love is harder than you think. That's the concept behind How to Save a Life by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke.

Dom and Mia had what seemed like a storybook romance, culminating in a magical engagement. But shortly afterward, things fall apart, and they never see each other again.

Almost 10 years later, Dom runs into Mia at a coffee shop. He can’t believe he might have a second chance to try and build a relationship with her, and she seems interested, too.

On their
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Bridgett
Jul 02, 2020 rated it liked it
Shelves: arc
There isn't a doubt in my mind that How to Save a Life is going to be an incredibly well-loved novel in 2020.

It has all the necessary elements...lovable characters, an engaging plot, and a beautifully done love story. Unfortunately, for me, it also felt repetitive and slightly cheesy. And readers won't need to be stuck in a time loop (haha...see what I did there?), to intuit the conclusion.

This is my third Liz Fenton/Lisa Steinke novel, and though none have particularly wowed me, Girls' Night O
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Éimhear (A Little Haze)
This dramatic book is one for anybody that considers themselves a romantic soul. It’s a very tender contemporary love story with a fantastical twist.

Main character Dominic has been in love with Mia for what seems like forever. She is the one that got away due to his self doubt. They were engaged to be married... but Dom got nervous. More than nervous. He knew he loved Mia mind, body and soul but fear gripped him and things ended badly. Yet he never stopped loving her. She was the one to whom ev
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Dennis
Lisa and Liz are back in action everybody! Sound the alarm because whenever these two come back in town, nobody knows what to expect. Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke are my favorite duo writers and they always know how to entertain us. When I finally met them in person last summer during their book tour for their 2019 release The Two Lila Bennetts, they told me that their 2020 release would be vastly different than what I’d ever expect from them.

How to Save a Life is being called a romantic sus
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Liz Fenton
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Dear Reader,

In November 2018, we were on vacation and tossing around ideas for our Summer 2020 release. We'd recently finished reading The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton, a novel where a man wakes up the same day in someone else's body, and must use the different information he gleans from his time with each body to solve a complex mystery. And it got us thinking about other ways we could tell a Groundhog Day-like story. (It's a great book, btw--add it to your Goodreads Shelf
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Meredith B.  (readingwithmere)
Jul 14, 2020 rated it really liked it
4 stars!

"You saved my life. Now maybe it's my turn to save yours." Amanda extends her hand out to me, a life preserver to a drowning man. I take it.


Dom continues to have the same day over and over and over again. He just can't seem to get away from Thursday, June 11th. A few days before that, Dom runs into his ex-fiance, Mia, and can't believe she is at the same coffee shop as him. He has spent the last 10 years thinking about her because she is the one that got away. Dom decides to see if t
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Erin Clemence
May 09, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: kindle, first-reads
Special thanks to NetGalley and the publisher for a free, electronic ARC of this novel received in exchange for an honest review.

Expected publication date: July 14, 2020

“How to Save a Life” by Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke is the seventh novel by the dynamic author pair, and it is the best of the bunch. A powerful and thought-provoking “Groundhog Day”-type novel, with hints of “The Time Machine”, it hits all the right chords.

Dom’s biggest regret is walking away from Mia ten years ago. After
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Sheena
Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it
The whole time while reading this I had “How To Save A Life” stuck in my head. I’m pretty sure that was the authors intention but then I got other songs from The Fray stuck in my head . Anyway.

I wanted to love this but I just didn't. I thought the idea wasn’t that original and fairly predictable. Dom and Mia just didn't click for me, I didn't believe in their romance and didn't feel anything for the characters. I liked it but it just wasn't anything mind blowing and I didn't shed any tears like
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Catherine McKenzie
Jan 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
You might think you know what's going on in HOW TO SAY A LIFE, the latest fast-paced read from Fenton & Steinke, but you'd be wrong. Dom might be living the same day over and over again, trying to save his first love, Mia, but this time loop has more to teach Dom than he knows. And in the end, maybe the life that needs saving is his own. Highly recommend! ...more
DeAnn
Sep 05, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020
4 Time Loop Stars

My family is a huge fan of the movie “Groundhog Day” and that’s the underlying premise of this book. Can you ever get past your first love? Dom and Mia were engaged, but things didn’t work out. Now, ten years later they’ve run into each other again and Dom wants to give things another go.

Their first date doesn’t end well when Mia dies in a freak accident and that’s when the Groundhog effect kicks in. Dom keeps trying to save her as the day starts over for him with the alarm cloc
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Christina McDonald
Mar 06, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Flawless and irresistible, profoundly moving and endlessly emotional. How To Save A Life is a truly unique and beautiful reimagining of Groundhog Day, asking if life and death are preordained, if our destiny is predetermined, and if some lives are meant to be saved.

Dom is paralyzed with regret over breaking up with his girlfriend, Mia, ten years ago. When she unexpectedly appears back in his life, only to die that very same night, he becomes caught in a Groundhog Day-like time loop in which he t
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Mackenzie - PhDiva Books
Aug 25, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: contemporary
Groundhog’s Day meets Happy Death Day meets Always Be My Maybe.

Emotional and cathartic!

This book is hard to describe in genre—I think I’d call it contemporary fiction with suspense as the subgenre.

I love how Liz and Lisa continue to surprise and stretch their writing boundaries with each book. This is very different from their other books, most notably because it is much more of an emotional read than a psychological thriller. It actually made me tear up several times!

It has all of the gripping
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Kristin (Always With a Book)
I adore Liz and Lisa's books...I've been a fan for quite some time and have even met the writing duo a few times in person. So of course, I was quite thrilled to get their latest book. But, I have to say, I was a little skeptical when I saw that it had a Groundhog Day theme...I'll be honest - that's not exactly my favorite movie BUT rest assured, I ended up enjoying the book despite it's similarities.

This book is more in style with the authors earlier books, but still with just a little hint of
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Kristy
Fast-paced read that kept me riveted, even if the characters were lukewarm

Dom called off his engagement with Mia nearly ten years ago--and he's regretted it ever since. She's the one that got away and the standard by which he's measured every relationship after. So when he bumps into her in a coffee shop, he believes it's fate. They've been given a second chance. He asks her out on a date. But on their outing, Mia dies tragically. As an injured Dom watches Mia's body being taken away, he mak
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Kathryn in FL
Aug 24, 2020 rated it it was amazing
4.5 Stunning Story of Learning to Love Life Unrestrained -Watch out Nicholas Sparks!

You can read the publisher's synopsis on your own. I want to express what made this a stellar read for me. As well as, why I hope you enjoy it too.

Liz Fenton knocked my socks off with this twist on the movie, "Groundhog Day", which I watched at least a dozen times. I wasn't expecting to like this as much since I assumed the premise would be to similar but I was wrong. She woven a tale told by Dom Suarez, a modera
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Lisa Steinke
Dec 19, 2019 rated it it was amazing  ·  (Review from the author)
Dear Reader,

In November 2018, we were on vacation and tossing around ideas for our Summer 2020 release. We'd recently finished reading The 7 1/2 Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle by Stuart Turton, a novel where a man wakes up the same day in someone else's body, and must use the different information he gleans from his time with each body to solve a complex mystery. And it got us thinking about other ways we could tell a Groundhog Day-like story. (It's a great book, btw--add it to your Goodreads Shelf
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BernLuvsBooks
Jul 03, 2020 rated it really liked it
Imagine being stuck in a Groundhog’s Day where you relive your first love’s death over and over, unless you can save her! 😱 ⁣

I was very intrigued by the premise of this book. Don feels like he’s getting a second chance at true love when his ex-fiancée Mia shows up in his life again. Unfortunately their carnival date ends in tragedy when Mia dies in a freak accident. Don finds himself in the hospital, inconsolable and wishing things had gone differently. His wish comes true, when he finds himse
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Kimberly Belle
May 04, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Liz and Lisa return to their roots with this irresistible Groundhog Day’s with a twist. How to Save a Life stars Dom, who has been in love with Mia for as long as he can remember…until she’s involved in a fatal accident. This time loop story will give you all the feels for Mia and Dom while you ponder bigger, life-and-death questions. A stunner with heart.
Jennifer Kyle
Jul 15, 2020 rated it liked it
3.5 Stars
Simone
Jul 12, 2020 rated it really liked it
Shelves: 2020, general-fiction
What would you do if you could live the same day twice? What if every day you wake up was the same day over and over again? Call it a time loop. Call it "Groundhog's Day." Call it a good theme to write an interesting love story.

The story follows Dom, a broadcast news producer who accidentally stumbles across his ex-fiancee, Mia, in a small coffee shop in Southern California. While they were engaged over 10 years ago, Dom seeing Mia for the first time since then not only brought back old memories
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ABookwormWithWine
How to Save a Life may only be the second book I've read from Liz Fenton & Lisa Steinke but it did not disappoint! It is definitely reminiscent of the movie Groundhog Day, and it has such a unique and fresh storyline for a book. It was a little heartbreaking to watch Dom lose Mia over and over again everyday but the progress he made as a character throughout the book was great and I'm giving this one an A for character development as far as Dom goes.

The book and audiobook are both currently on
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Gabrielle Grosbety
Aug 01, 2020 rated it really liked it
“That’s what Mia does—she makes everything else fade away. It is easy to get swept away in her. She’s my sea.”

In How to Save a Life, also the name of The Fray song, which happens to be his and his ex-fiancée Mia’s song, Dom keeps reliving the same day over and over again in a relentless time loop as he wonders what the key is to escaping it and finally saving Mia’s life who dies every day in this newly warped sense of space and time.

Mia and Dom haven’t talked in ten years after a bruta
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Liz Fenton and Lisa Steinke have been best friends for over 30 years and survived high school and college together. They've co-authored six novels, including The Year We Turned Forty, which is in development for a TV series. They also host the popular podcast We Fight So You Don't Have to. They both reside with their families and several rescue dogs in San Diego, California.

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