By stephanie, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Is there life after death? And if there is, is there any happiness after death? Twenty-one year old Abish Miller isn't necessarily worried about her own salvation, rather she's trying to pick up the pieces of her life after the death of her spouse. In this rich and beautifully written story, life deals this BYU-I nursing student a lot of tough cards. When things get just too much to handle, she takes to the road, running. But there are some things you just can't outrun. It made me laugh and it made me cry. Dunster has captured real people, real life on paper to the point you won't want it to end. This is truly a love story; love of others and the love our Savior has for us. Bravo, Sarah!
By Colleen, Submitted on 2015-02-25
Abish has lost a lot by the tender age of twenty-one. Which in turn leaves her in a state of grieving and strange behavior, especially by her actions and how she see's the world. She has a loving family, but they don't seem to understand what she is going through, so she ends up taking life and it's misfortunes and runs away from more heartache......so she thinks.
Enter her boss and Bob the executive secretary, and her new single man starved roommates and personalities collide!
When I first started reading this book it seemed like Abish was totally lost and wanted to be left to her own thoughts and actions, so the first quarter of the book is a jumble of emotions and frustrations. After that I got more into it, especially when she started opening up and letting people in. There were some parts that left you laughing which was a great addition, the football game was one of my favorite parts!
The roommate situation took me back to my college days and made me grateful for the great roommates I had! Sarah did a great job at conveying the emotions of this book. If you do find it hard to get into, trust me you wont be waiting for too long for the true heart of this book to shine forth and bring you peace and contentment.
By Andrea, Submitted on 2015-02-25
I haven't read a book in awhile that I totally devoured, but Mile 21 was so good that I didn't want to put it down! I picked it up from the post office on my lunch break, and was immediately sucked in. I couldn't wait for work to be over so I could get back to reading. I stayed up way too late to finish it, but it was worth it.
I loved that the setting was one I was familiar with. It was a fun throwback to my junior college days. Some of the references had me laughing out loud. I would love for my old roommates to read it to see what they think.
I really enjoyed the mix of emotions Dunster portrayed-such an emotional book! So many sad things happened, but there was always a glimmer of hope! I loved the characters and the author's whit. I am so happy to own a copy that I can read again and again.
By Mary, Submitted on 2015-02-25
In the beginning of Mile 21 Abish comes off as hard, sarcastic and irresponsible. As the story unfolded and I started learning what made Abish who she was. She is a 21 year old widow, everyone thinks she should be able to get past that and go on with life. Her mother seams like a harsh woman, her younger sister has practically perfect life, and she knows her father was against her getting married. Her boss seems like he would be difficult to work with.
When she is evicted from her apartment, her parents send her to live with her eccentric aunt. She runs away and ends up depending on her Boss to help her find school approved housing, and getting back in the single scene.
Abish is a runner and is training for a marathon, she can't seem to run more than 21 miles.
I enjoyed going on Abish's journey with her, and watching her grow and change and learn that there can be life after her husband died, and that her family loves her and her boss/ Bishop is not such a bad guy.
I recommend this to anyone, it decidedly LDS, but the story is one that everyone can relate to on some level.