Anita Shreve hit the big time as an author some years ago with The Pilot’s Wife. Since then she has regularly written novels which appeal to a wide range of (mostly) women. For a while she lost me with some historical novels, which I didn’t enjoy, so it’s been a few years since I’d read one of her books. Just released is Rescue and having read it, I can recommend the book if you are after a good story about people just trying to do the best they can in their lives.
The story starts with Webster a rookie paramedic who attends a car accident where the young female driver is injured, having been driving while drunk. While he knows it isn’t a great idea, Webster is drawn to Sheila, and a relationship develops. They have a daughter and marry. But Sheila’s old habits reappear, and there is a showdown. The story then goes forward to the last year of their daughter’s school life, and Webster seeks out Sheila again.