What Doesn't Kill Her

What Doesn't Kill Her

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Book - 2019
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Kellen Adams suffers from a yearlong gap in her memory. A bullet to the brain will cause that. But she's discovering the truth, and what she learns changes her life, her confidence and her very self. She finds herself in the wilderness, on the run, unprepared, her enemies unknown--and she is carrying a priceless burden she must protect at all costs. The consequences of failure would break her. And Kellen Adams does not break. What doesn't kill her... had better start running.
Publisher: Toronto, Ontario : HQN, 2019.
ISBN: 9781335005786
Branch Call Number: FIC Dodd
Characteristics: 379 p. ; 24 cm.
Alternative Title: What does not kill her

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LauraSteinert
Mar 18, 2019

Dodd is really hit or miss with me. This is either book three or four of the "Ceecee" series. This book has 300 pages of intense, well written, drama followed by 100 pages of cheesy, sappy romance novel. If I had stopped at page 298, I'd have given it five stars.

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maucarden
Jan 12, 2019

Uneasy lies the head that wears a crown of motherhood, especially when it is the head of Kellen Adams. Especially a crown of unknown motherhood. Huh. Lots of men don’t know they are fathers, but a mother not knowing she is a mother? C’mon.
Well maybe when motherhood comes about during the year Kellen was in a coma due to a bullet in the brain, already pregnant by the love of her life, Max Di Luca.
Maybe when motherhood is totally unknown as Kellen awakes in her hospital bed, alone for the first time in a year due to a distraction down the hall. She awakes missing more than a year of her life, no lover, no baby.
She flees the hospital in terror thinking she has been committed to an asylum. Kellen reinvents herself and emerges seven years later as Captain Kellen Adams on medical discharge from the US Army.
Kellen is discovered by the Di Luca family and is finally introduced to her enchanting daughter, Rae. This all happens in the first book of the series, the outstanding Dead Girl Running (DGR) and is also explained in the marvelous What Doesn’t Kill Her (WDKH)
Kellen moves into the family winery desperately hoping to connect with her daughter and maybe reconnect with Max.
For so many reasons Kellen finds herself failing at both, unable to bond with the delightful Rae, however I don’t think Kellen’s new found role as a mother is what inspired the title "What Doesn’t Kill Her".
In some ways though, Rae is more patient, smarter, and wiser than the adults; but only in some ways. Rae’s patience is beginning to run out, so she devises a plan to where her mom will be forced to spend some quality bonding time with her. Time yes, quality, not so much.
Kellen has devised ways to avoid Rae, sometimes by crawling into the bushes. But everyone knows about this tactic. Later when if becomes time to make plans for a winery event, Kellen crawls into the bushes to avoid her responsibilities, but in an amusing scene, everyone involved takes their turn to crawl into the bushes with her for consultation. Big brave Army Captain at work.
A talent Ms Dodd has in abundance, writing dialogue equally and wonderfully well whether it is a heartbreaking scène, to one that is laugh out loud funny.
Kellen finally decides she needs time away, so when government agent requests her help on a security detail she agrees. Best laid plans and all that, and Kellen finds herself on the run protecting priceless artifacts.
The story is fast paced and exciting but this is such a character driven book, characters to really care about.
There were a few scenes that rang false. If I was the victim of domestic abuse who came out the tunnel a very strong woman, would I take yelling from another man? No matter the grounds?
Again the wild Pacific Northwest and the Olympia Peninsula are characters in their own right; wild and beautiful, like nowhere else on earth.
Many thanks to NetGalley for an ARC in exchange of a fair and honest review. (less)

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