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Mile 21

by Sarah Dunster

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Mile 21 is a poignant story that follows a young widow's journey of healing and learning to move forward with her life.

Twenty-one year old widow Abish is still grieving the loss of her husband a year after his death. She is having a hard time adjusting to life without her husband, she is unable to let go of the past and move forward with her life. Abish's life is on a downward spiral when she is evicted from her apartment and has to move into the student housing at BYU-Idaho, almost loses her job, and is suddenly thrown back into the "singles" scene. Abish has lost her hope and faith, the only thing that keeps her sane is running, which becomes a therapeutic way of dealing with the trials and tribulations in her life. Her husband had been in training for a marathon before his death, so she decides to follow his lead and train for the marathon. Can training for the marathon help Abish overcome the difficult obstacles in her life, provide a healing source, and help her move forward with her life?

Author Sarah Dunster weaves an emotional tale of heartbreak and redemption that simply tugs at your heartstrings. You can't help but feel compassion for Abish and the traumatic loss that she endured at her young age. I can relate to and understand her hard, abrasive and sarcastic personality, it was a mask to hide the pain and grief that she was living with. As she struggles with her faith and how to pick up the pieces of her life, it makes a reader wonder if they would be able to go on with life if they were in Abish's shoes. As Abish's story unfolds, you can't help but cheer her on as her journey to healing and rebuilding her life is buoyed with a renewal of hope and faith as she trains for the marathon. I enjoyed watching Abish grow and change throughout her journey, and while there is a subtle romance in the story, the main focus is clearly on Abish's journey to healing.

The author evokes a mixture of emotions in Mile 21 that is simply breathtaking. Her thoughtful message to her readers comes shining through in Abish's story: remain strong, have hope, and keep your faith as you heal and learn to come to terms with changes in your life.

Disclaimer: I received a copy of the book from the author / publisher in exchange for my honest review.

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The singles ward is the last place Abish wants to be. But after the unexpected death of her husband (and after being kicked out of her mom's place), she has to move into single-student housing to finish up her schooling. Maybe training for a marathon and winning the heart of the handsome executive secretary are exactly what Abish needs to get a personal best.… (more)

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