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another night another day book coverReviewed by Amanda Schafer

Three very different people embark on new journeys in their lives, but they all begin this path in the same place: Moreland’s Place Clinic. Moreland’s Place is a clinic for those suffering from mental illnesses of some sort, be it depression or bipolar disorder or anxiety attacks. Karen is a young mother who lost her husband suddenly and now has lost her father. Michael is a florist who has over-extended himself and is nearing bankruptcy which sends him spiraling out of control. Abby is facing a divorce and a major change in her life, all while trying to maintain normalcy for her autistic son. Her son, Callum, requires her constant attention and she just can’t take it anymore.

While in their group therapy sessions, they meet Lilli, a famous TV personality. Lilli touches everyone in the group with her smile and her way of putting people at ease. Lilli has obviously been through this rehab program before. Several times, in fact. After a couple weeks of group sessions, along with a few private one-on-one sessions with counselors, they all begin to ease back into their former lives. When tragedy strikes the group, they have to all come to terms with their depression and other personal issues. Abby and Karen end up becoming good friends and truly end up stronger from their sessions. They thrive and become better friends and mothers. Michael goes through another rough period and then begins to find a new path on the other side.

Each person deals with their own demons in a different manner. Some people lash out in anger, some withdraw into themselves, and others turn to chemicals for their support. The one thread these characters all had in common was the counseling they received to help them work through the issues at hand. Another Night, Another Day poignantly shows us that depression and anxiety affect people in different ways, and how they come through those issues differs as well. There is no cookie-cutter way of dealing with mental illness.

Sarah Rayner does a very good job of giving us a glimpse into each of these characters’ minds so we can see exactly how they are processing the world around them and processing their feelings. The answer isn’t always the same for each person. The timeline is definitely not the same for each person. The key to each person finding healing is counseling, having someone to depend on and someone to share their secrets with. Another Night, Another Day provides great insight to anyone desiring a real-life look at depression.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

Amanda lives in Missouri with her engineering husband, two sons, and one daughter. In between homeschooling and keeping up with church activities she loves to read Christian Fiction, Women’s Fiction, and any Chick-Lit. She never goes anywhere without a book to read!

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by St. Martin’s Griffin. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.