I'm Still Here by Kathryn R. Biel
It started out as an ordinary day for Esther Comely-Cox, if you consider simultaneously totaling your car, smashing a Ho Ho in your face and meeting a handsome doctor ordinary. Estranged from her family over her sister's mental illness and death, Esther can't help but feel alone. And when Esther hears the voice of her twin sister who committed suicide seven years ago, she begins to question her own sanity, leading her to wonder if anything is what it seems. Searching for answers, Esther must confront her past while looking towards a new future—one in which she is finally accepted. Through humor and heartbreak, Esther learns that blood does not mean family, that absence does not make the heart grow fonder and that silence can speak volumes.
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Antionette's Review – Esther is this bright red head who is full of so much love even with a shady family. She has been shunned by her family for years because her twin sister Aster one day left a note saying she had enough and was sorry but couldn't handle living this way. And then she was gone. For a few years her parents paid tons of money to try and find her. Her body was never recovered. And because she wanted her family to heal, she demanded the searches stop. The mediums. All of it. That they except that she had died.
This story had so many twists. I thought it was gonna go one way and twisted in a completely new way. She finds love… True love and a family she doesn't quite expect comes out of tragedy. I cried. And laughed. I think this is a book I could read again.
About the author:
Telling stories of resilient women, Kathryn Biel hails from upstate New York and is a spouse and mother of two wonderful and energetic kids. In between being Chief Home Officer and Director of Child Development of the Biel household, she works as a school-based physical therapist. She attended Boston University and received her doctorate in Physical Therapy from The Sage Colleges. After years of writing countless letters of medical necessity for wheelchairs, finding increasingly creative ways to encourage the government and insurance companies to fund her clients' needs, and writing entertaining annual Christmas letters, she decided to take a shot at writing the kind of novel that she likes to read. Her musings and rants can be found on her personal blog, Biel Blather (kathrynbiel.blogspot.com). She is the author of Good Intentions (2013) and Hold Her Down (2014). Please feel free to follow on Twitter (@KRBiel) or on Facebook (Kathryn R. Biel: Author)
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