I received this book from the publisher, Inkwater Press, in exchange for a fair and honest review.
Leave of Absence by Tanya J. Peterson was very different from what I expected, but a book I greatly enjoyed.
Oliver has suffered a severe crisis, and in turn, is suicidal. He is placed in Airhaven, a Behavioral Health Center, to help treat his mental illness.
While at Airhaven, Oliver befriends Penelope, a fellow patient who battles with schizophrenia. Penelope is very unique, but a really sweet, caring individual. Unfortunately, the other patients don’t see this side of her, except for Oliver.
Penelope battles with seeing her “true” self, the amazing person she is, who just happens to have schizophrenia. She continually pushes away her fiance, who has been with her since before she was diagnosed.
Oliver’s battle is with forgiving himself and feeling like a valued individual.
This story was heart-wrenching and there was a scene at the very end where I REALLY was nervous, but it all just made the story that much better.
The only negative I have, and some people might just think I’m completely wrong, but I thought that at times there was too much positive thinking. The friends and supportive family and patients were just TOO supportive at times for my liking. I know, small negative, but just felt like I needed to point it out.
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Tune in tomorrow for a really moving guest post by the author!