Original Title: In Leah's Wake
Author: Terri Giuliano Long
Published Date: October 1st, 2010
A Story of Love, Loss, Connection, and Grace
The Tylers have a perfect life—beautiful home, established careers, two sweet and talented daughters. Their eldest, Leah, an exceptional soccer player, is on track for a prestigious scholarship. Their youngest, Justine—more responsible than seems possible for her 12 years—just wants her sister’s approval. With Leah nearing the end of high school and Justine a seemingly “together” kid, the parents are set to enjoy a peaceful life…until Leah meets Todd, a high school dropout and former roadie for a rock band.
As Leah's parents fight to save their daughter from a world of drugs, sex, wild parties, their divided approach drives their daughter out of their home and a wedge into their marriage. Meanwhile, 12-year-old Justine observes her sister's rebellion from the shadows of their fragmented family - leaving her to question whether anyone loves her and if God even knows she exists.
Can this family survive in Leah’s wake?
Tracy Riva, Midwest Reviews, calls In Leah's Wake "an astounding story of a family in transition.”
When happens when love just isn't enough?
Reviewer-Nominated for Global eBook Award, 2012
Recipient of the CTRR Award for excellence
2011 Book Bundlz Book Pick
Book Bundlz 2011 Favorites, First Place
It was rare for Jerry to be summoned to the east side of town. Cortland was a quiet suburb of fewer than four thousand people, a town where young hooligans smashed mailboxes or occasionally broke into a car, offenses cops in bigger towns were sometimes forced to ignore. In Cortland the police took a smashed mailbox seriously, even prosecuted sometimes.
Like many old New England towns, Cortland was divided by a river. From the west, Jerry’s side of town, it could take twenty minutes to reach the nearest highway. The houses in West Cortland were older and smaller than people built today, the undeveloped land, primarily forest or scrub, isolating the neighbors as opposed to providing views.
When people on Jerry’s side of town called the police, the call often arose out of helpless desperation. An elderly woman hadn’t answered her telephone in three days, a family member was drunk or out of control. If you were new to the area, driving west to east and landed here, you might wonder if you’d accidentally crossed the town line.
East Cortland hugged Route 2, providing easier access to Boston; here the subdivisions were not neighborhoods; they were “estates.” Residents typically called the police to report some minor inconvenience. A lockout, a lost pet, at times a dead deer in the road. Not that wealth liberated people from personal problems. Rich people had their share of trouble, as Jerry could attest.
PRAISE FOR "IN LEAH'S WAKE"
“A very moving and, at times, heartbreaking story which will be loved by many, whether they are parents or not.”
--A. Rose, Amazon UK, TOP 100 REVIEWER
“Pulled me right along as I continued to make comparisons to my own life.”
--Jennifer Donovan, 5 Minutes for Books, Top 50 Book Blog
“Easily the best read that I have enjoyed in 2011.”
--Bonnie Erina Wheeler, author of Fate Fixed: An Erris Coven Novel
“Multiple ripples of meaning contribute to the overall intensity of this deeply moving psychological drama.”
--Cynthia Harrison, author of Sister Issues
"Sometimes scary, sometimes sad, and always tender."
-- Susan Straight, National Book Award finalist, author of Take One Candle Light A Room
"In Leah's Wake is a beautifully written and absorbing novel."
-- Margot Livesey, Award-winning author of Banishing Verona
"This is a story that will stay with you for days and weeks."
--Radical Parenting, the award-winning parenting blog written by teens
"In Leah's Wake is an irresistible read."
-- Holly Robinson, author of Sleeping Tigers
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