{Blog Tour & Review} Saving Beck by Courtney Cole @InkSlingerPR @Court_Writes

Posted July 20, 2018 by sinfully in Blog Tour, Contemporary Fiction / 2 Comments

 

Reminiscent of the beloved novels by Mary Kubica and Jodi Picoult comes a chilling portrayal of a son’s addiction and its harrowing effects on both him and his mother from New York Times bestselling author Courtney Cole. SAVING BECK is now available! Check out the tour below, and pick up your copy of SAVING BECK today!

 

SAVING BECK Synopsis:

There comes a time when offering your life for your child’s doesn’t work, when you realize that it’ll never be enough.

The cold needle in his warm vein was a welcome comfort to my son at first. But then it became the monster that kept us apart.

Heroin lied, and my son believed. It took him to a world where the last year didn’t happen, to a place where his father was still alive. What Beck didn’t understand was that it couldn’t bring his father back from the dead. It couldn’t take away his pain, not permanently.

You think it can’t happen to you, that your kids, your family, will never be in this situation.
I thought that too. But you’re wrong.

Step into our world, and see for yourself.
Watch my golden boy become a slave to this raging epidemic. Watch me try and save him.

Drug addiction comes with a price.
Trust me, you’re not equipped to pay it.

Don’t miss this heart wrenching, evocative, yet hopeful novel—it will leave you forever changed.

 

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My Review:

Natalie and Matt have the perfect marriage and family. They have three children with Beck being the oldest. They are a normal, loving suburban family, but when tragedy strikes, it changes the lives of the Kingsley family in the worst possible way.

Natalie is completely devastated after a tragic accident takes the life of her husband, leaving her her son Beck to deal with the care of his younger siblings. Often times Natalie can’t even get out of bed and face the day. She relies on prescription medicine to dull the pain of losing the love of her life. What she doesn’t realize is that Beck is also suffering and living with the guilt of his father’s death as he was with his dad when the accident happened. Not able to face his own pain, he slowly starts to fall victim to drugs himself. Beck is such a bright and promising student, so full of life, but drugs are slowly but surely ruling his life. Natalie is determined to get her son back, but is it already to late? Or can a mother’s love pull her son out of the darkness?

Saving Beck is told in both the present and the past. We learn what happened to the Kingsley family in flashbacks and it is truly hard to read without getting emotional. But, the story is powerful and has such a strong message that really makes you stop and think about the drug epidemic that is happening in our country. We often times don’t think that drug addiction happens to good families, but it does more frequently then you realize. Often times we dehumanize drug addicts, but they are people, with a family and a story to tell. Not every addict is bad, they are just lost and addicted. Their brain chemistry is compromised from drugs and they just make bad decision after bad decision.

While I was out today running errands, I happened to drive along a strip that is notorious for addicts panhandling for money and it really got me thinking about what led them down this path and I truly felt sad for them. A big part of the reason why I looked at them differently today is because of this story. I really thank Courtney Cole for bringing this out in the open because I never really thought about the other person struggling outside, probably living on the streets because of an addiction that has taken over their entire lives. It really is a shame.

There are a lot of moments in Saving Beck which hits close to home for me in regards to faith and beliefs. Natalie prays for her son while he lays in a coma from a drug overdose and then you get to see the other side where Beck is dreaming about his father and his father is urging him to fight and that it wasn’t his time yet. I firmly believe that when it is your time to go that a loved one will come for you. Is this something that has just been ingrained on me by my only families beliefs? Is it something spiritual? I don’t know, but it gives me comfort to know that I won’t be alone.

Saving Beck encompasses so much more than just addiction. It is a story about grief and acceptance and how each of us deals with pain and guilt differently in times of tragedy and loss. This is a heartbreaking story and yet it is also filled with hope, love, understanding, and forgiveness. Courtney Cole has truly touched me through her writing and this is just one of the many reasons why Saving Beck should be on everyone’s reading list.

Excerpt:

I stare at the door, and this is the same room and that is the same door, and this is the same blue-tiled floor. For a minute, I’m back in that moment, and the doctor is coming in. I’d waited for hours and his face was so grave and I knew, I knew, before he could utter a word.
I shook my head because I didn’t want to hear what was coming next, but he spoke anyway.
Matt’s injuries were insurmountable, he’d said. We did everything we could.
But everything wasn’t enough, and my husband died.
“Is it a different doctor tonight?” I ask suddenly. “I need a different doctor. One who can save my son.”
I know it’s illogical. I know it was never the doctor’s fault, but it doesn’t matter because Jessica is nodding. “It’s a different doctor tonight,” she tells me. “Dr. Grant, and he’s very, very good.”
“Okay,” I whisper. “Okay.”
“If you need anything, you tell me,” Jessica says and I can see that she means it. She likes me. Or she feels sorry for me. It doesn’t matter which. I nod and she’s gone, and I’m alone.
Just like I was a year ago, and just like that night all I can do is pace.
I’m a caged mama wolf and there’s nothing I can do, but I know that if I stop moving, Beck might die. My energy is attached to his energy. I have to move. It all depends on me.
So I walk in circles.
I walk six paces, over the six white tiles, then I turn, taking three steps over the blue. I tread back six paces over the white, and then turn again, taking three more over the blue.
I will not stop, Beck. I won’t fail you. I won’t.
It becomes rhythmic, and I match my breaths with my steps. I’m a machine, a time-keeper, a being made of clock-work as I walk in circles, marking time. Every step I take, Beck is still alive. I feel it in my heart. It’s all up to me.

 

 

 

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Courtney Cole’s SAVING BECK – Review & Excerpt Tour Schedule:

July 18th

★ Chiara’s Book Blog ★ – Excerpt

Ramblings From This Chick – Excerpt

Suey Library – Review & Excerpt

July 19th

Between The Lines – Review & Excerpt

Read Love Blog – Review & Excerpt

White Hot Reads – Review

July 20th

Book Starlets – Review & Excerpt

Sinfully Wicked Book Reviews – Review & Excerpt

Whoo Gives A Hoot – Review

July 21st

Catty Jane Book Lovers – Review & Excerpt

KDRBCK – Review & Excerpt

Reading Between the Wines Book Club – Excerpt

July 22nd

Little Read Riding Hood – Review & Excerpt

Roxy’s Reviews – Review

Simply Crystal – Review & Excerpt

July 23rd

Brittany’s Book Blog – Excerpt

Reads All the Books – Review & Excerpt

Two Books in a shelf – Review & Excerpt

July 24th

All Things Dark & Dirty – Excerpt

Vagabonda Reads – Review & Excerpt

Written In Red Book Blog – Review

July 25th

Book Sniffers Anonymous – Excerpt

Evermore Books – Review & Excerpt

Liezel and Angie’s Book Blog – Review

July 26th

Becca the Bibliophile – Review & Excerpt

Just Me & My Kindle – Excerpt

Margaux – Review & Excerpt

What Is That Book About – Excerpt

July 27th

A Literary Perusal – Review & Excerpt

Book Bitches Blog – Excerpt

Nose Stuck In A Book – Review & Excerpt

July 28th

Audio Killed the Bookmark – Review

Books, Booze, & Brunch – Review & Excerpt

M&J’s Book Blog – Review & Excerpt

Shakespeare’s Wench Book Blog – Review

 

About Courtney Cole:

Courtney Cole grew up in rural Kansas and now lives with her husband and kids in Florida, where she writes beneath palm trees and is still in love with the idea of magic and happily-ever-after. She is the author of Saving Beck.

 

 

 

 

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