Author: Autumn Lytle
Genre: Contemporary Fiction
Release Date: May 1, 2022
The journey toward healing starts with a single brave step--but it is never walked alone
Mel Ellis knows that her eating disorder is ruining her life. Everyone tells her rehab is her best option, but she can't bring herself to go. Broke, broken, and empty in more ways than one, Mel launches one last-ditch effort to make hers a story worth telling. She will walk her own road to recovery along the lesser-known trails of the North American wilderness.
Though she is physically and mentally unprepared to face the difficulties that lay ahead, she sets off on foot from Michigan. Her goal? Mount Rainier National Park in Washington State. During the long journey, she meets strangers with their own stories, as well as ghosts from her past who can no longer be ignored. But though the land she travels threatens her success at every turn, it's her own dark thoughts she'll have to overcome in order to find peace in the life and the body she has been given.
Reviewer: Joy Hannabass
After I read the first few sentences of All That Fills Us, I was hooked on this book and didn't want to put it down! Mel finds herself waking up in the hospital after some strangers find her passed out near her apartment. With her grandmother by her side, no less. Both her Dr and her grandmother insist on Mel going to rehab for her eating disorder this time. And Mel was ready to give in until she found some old papers at home that changed her mind. A walk to Mount Rainier sounds like a better plan to kick her eating disorder. So she is off.
Wow! Autumn Lytle masterfully writes her debut novel tackling the subject of eating disorders. Having known nothing about this disorder, I was glad to journey with Mel while she struggled each day. Lytle gives detailed descriptions of what Mel is going through each step of the way. Mel's journey was anything but easy, and I could feel her emotions in my heart as she struggled with each area of the disorder.
One thing that warmed my heart was the people Mel met along the way. Starting with the homeless couple, who had no money to give but gave real love. And on it went, with people meeting her needs. It was like God knew what and who she needed each time. The opposite of this is Mel's family. Her grandma and mom were cold souls with little feelings. As I read this book, I wondered how Mel would have turned out had they been a little more loving. There are lots of questions never to be answered. I did find it interesting and emotional how it seems the author is telling her story through Mel. Eating disorders are a real issue. I sure hope someone reading this book will find the help they need. Just about any lady, young or old, would benefit from reading this book.
I received this book courtesy of Revell through Interviews & Reviews for my honest review.
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