Somewhere Above It All
by Holli Fawcett Clayton
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Pub Date 08 Feb 2022 | Archive Date 25 Feb 2022
Greenleaf Book Group, Greenleaf Book Group Press
Devastated by her husband’s death from opioid abuse, small-town widow Marren Halleck travels to Tanzania to summit the majestic Mount Kilimanjaro. Along her trek through the ever-changing scenery of the mountain, Marren finds hope for a new beginning and forms a special connection with her climbing team, including a mysterious cowboy named Chris. Her promising path forward is derailed, however, when she discovers that Chris isn’t who she thinks he is, and she must search inside herself to learn how to truly stand on her own.
In her debut novel, Somewhere Above It All, author Holli Fawcett Clayton takes us on a breathless expedition through nature and brilliantly captures the restorative power of human connection in her poignant portrayal of Marren’s struggle with grief. Readers will be captivated by Marren’s riveting journey to overcome her painful past and find the happiness she longs for.
“A fascinating story of one woman’s brave determination to remake her life. Written with great attention to detail and stirring emotion, this timely novel deftly takes readers on a quest to climb and conquer two mountains—Mt. Kilimanjaro and grief.”
—Judithe Little, USA Today best-selling author of The Chanel Sisters
Holli Fawcett Clayton has written a sweet tale of love, loss, and finding love again in unexpected places. This ultimately hopeful page-turner will resonate with anyone who has ever suffered abuse, the death of a spouse, or good love turned bad.
– Tabitha Forney, author of Paper Airplanes
Author Holli Fawcett Clayton tells an absorbing tale of a woman suffering from anxiety and depression due to her husband’s opioid addiction that costs them their marriage and his life and rediscovering herself at the summit of Mount Kilimanjaro. Marren’s story tugs at your heartstrings, and you find yourself rooting for her all the way through. Her struggles to let go of her past and commit herself to another person make for a captivating character arc. Clayton captures the traits and behavior of an addict brilliantly, portraying it in a raw and unflinching manner that adds authenticity to the narrative. The reveals toward the final third of the book keep you glued to the pages. If you’re a fan of well-written romance dramas, you’ll love Somewhere Above It All.
– Reviewed by Pikasho Deka for Readers’ Favorite
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Average rating from 14 members
This breathtaking debut about one woman’s journey of self-discovery to conquer Mount Kilimanjaro as a way to cope with the death of her husband was utterly captivating from the first page to the last. A beautiful portrayal about the power of human connection and the resilience to overcome the unthinkable. This book almost read as nonfiction which is a testament to the research that the author put into creating this well crafted and poetic story. Many thanks to the netgalley for providing me a copy of this book along, I can’t recommend it enough.
A real, raw story of one woman’s journey with grief and the growth she endured to move past a very hard time in her life. This was such a great read. I was not expecting it to be as deep and real as it was, but I felt connected to the main character and invested in her journey to healing and moving forward. A quick, beautiful read that feels like a true story. The short chapters made me fly through this in under 24 hours and I couldn’t wait to see where Marren ended up!
My only issue was the pacing. I could have honestly used more of her at the end and the growth and work to moving forward. Otherwise, this was truly great.
Marren Halleck has the perfect life, she’s married her high school sweetheart and worked to build a great life with him. Only, it’s not as perfect as it seems. Her husband has an addiction and it quickly stole his livelihood and eventually his life. Now Marren is trying to process, grieve, and overcome the battles going on in her head. She decides to prove to herself, and those around her, of her strength but climbing Mount Kilimanjaro. She expects it to be hard, she expects it to be mentally freeing, but what she doesn’t expect is the connections she will make on the trip. Does she even have the strength to move past her troubled past and begin to trust again? Maybe the actual climb isn’t the hardest part after all…
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