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A troubled 15-year-old, Mariah arrives on Isle au Haut to stay with her uncle, a newcomer himself and seemingly a normal guy. The entire community is rocked to its core, however, when they discover that Mariah is suffering terrible abuse - at his hands. And they do what a small island community does best, coming together to take Mariah in as one of their own, protecting her from further harm. But Mariah needs a stable home and a legal guardian. The island nominates Linda.
While Mariah is a typical teenager in many ways, she has also been uniquely damaged by this horrific experience, and Linda struggles to help her overcome the trauma, to heal, and to begin a new life.
Linda will do battle with the gale-force winds of life with a teenager, help Mariah navigate a tremendously complex legal system to bring her abuser to justice, and learn what it means to be a mother - to a girl for whom it really matters. Both Linda and Mariah will struggle to come to terms with their ferocious and stubborn independence (like mother, like daughter - accidental or not) as they learn to trust each other and forge a new relationship that they both reluctantly realize they need.
Linda Greenlaw’s fans will be delighted by her trademark candor and down-to-earth style of storytelling, and will see a side of Greenlaw that she’s not revealed before. New listeners, and any parent of a teenaged daughter, will find much to empathize with in this brave and heartfelt new memoir.
Customer ReviewsMost Helpful
By Cindy on 09-28-13
It's just okay.
Would you try another book from Linda Greenlaw and/or Linda Greenlaw?
Would you ever listen to anything by Linda Greenlaw again?
Did Linda Greenlaw do a good job differentiating all the characters? How?
What character would you cut from Lifesaving Lessons?
None, there weren't many.
Any additional comments?
I felt the specific details on fishing techniques were unnecessary to the store and just served as a filler.