WoW [92] and SAVE Day: Stillwater Rising by Steena Holmes

Waiting on Wednesday [WoW] is a weekly event hosted by Jill @ Breaking the Spine that spotlights upcoming releases that we’re eagerly anticipating.

Stillwater Rising by Steena Holmes
Expected Publication: November 11, 2014
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing

After losing her son in an elementary school shooting that devastates the tight-knit community of Stillwater Bay, Jennifer Crowne finds herself unable to settle back into her role of perfect stay-at-home mom and committee organizer. Meanwhile, her best friend, Mayor Charlotte Stone, struggles to keep the town together, and Charlotte’s husband, the school principal, may not be the hero everyone thinks him to be.

As they try to heal from this irrevocable trauma, Jenn and Charlotte find themselves at a crossroads—within the town and within their friendship. For Jenn, broken and grieving, there is no going back, and she demands that the school be closed so that she can bury the past. Yet Charlotte is equally desperate to hold the town together, fighting the school closure and helping the shooter’s mother regain her place in the community. Jenn and Charlotte’s relationship is put to the ultimate test as each weighs her own interests against the bonds of their friendship.

Why I Can’t Wait…
Talk about POWERFUL! This sounds so amazing I can’t stand it. It’s a read with a message and to see the aftermath from all views, I can already feel the pulls at my heartstrings.

    About Steena Holmes
 New York Times and USA Today bestselling author Steena Holmes comes her fourth major novel with Lake Union Publishing, Stillwater Rising (November 11)Selling over one million books, Steena is a master at taking ripped-from-the-headlines stories and revealing their heart and intimate backstories that are so often overlooked. In the vein of Jodi Picoult, Steena has become a heavy hitter for drama, motherhood, mystery and fiction, creating emotionally packed stories that resonate with readerslong after the last page. Holmes’ novels have become must-reads with discerning women’s fiction and mystery/ suspense fans. 

Be sure to check out Before the Storm: Before the first shots are fired within the walls of Stillwater Elementary School, life went on as normal for five women who were close friends. Their monthly girls' night was coming up and they couldn't wait to get together. They all needed this night to run away and be carefree - from their husbands, their children, their church - with no expectations, no responsibilities, where they weren't mothers or wives. No one expected their lives to be torn apart, their friendships tested in one short minute when their town is rocked by a danger lurking in their tight-knit community. This novella gives you a glimpse into the town of Stillwater Bay and its residents. You will see what their lives were like BEFORE the storm that rocked their little community descended upon them. This is a novella and comes before Stillwater Rising and a portion of proceeds from this novella will be donated to KidsPeace.org to help stop school violence.


  1. This sounds like an emotional read

    My Wow


  2. Great post, Monica; I can't wait to read this one, and I'm going to buy Before the Storm today so that I can read it first. Thanks for sharing!