Wednesday, June 29, 2011
In Leah's Wake by Terri Giuliano Long
Protecting their children comes naturally for Zoe and Will Tyler—until their daughter Leah decides to actively destroy her own future.
Leah grew up in a privileged upper-middle class world. Her parents spared no expense for her happiness; she had all-but secured an Ivy League scholarship and a future as a star athlete. Then she met Todd.
Leah’s parents watch helplessly as their daughter falls into a world of drugs, sex, and wild parties. While Will attempts to control his daughter’s every move to prevent her from falling deeper into this dangerous new life, Zoe prefers to give Leah slack in the hope that she may learn from her mistakes. Their divided approach drives their daughter out of their home and a wedge into their marriage.
Twelve-year-old Justine observes Leah’s rebellion from the shadows of their fragmented family. She desperately seeks her big sister’s approval and will do whatever it takes to obtain it. Meanwhile she is left to question whether her parents love her and whether God even knows she exists.
What happens when love just isn’t enough? Who will pay the consequences of Leah’s vagrant lifestyle? Can this broken family survive the destruction left in Leah’s wake?
When I read the synopsis of the book I knew that it was something that I wanted to read. What I did not count on was relating to the characters on so many levels and so extensively. It seemed as if this lady had been residing in our home and listening to our conversations because at times it was the EXACT situations that we were facing. The characters were so real to me, perhaps, because to some extent I have been living the story that Terri was writing. For once I did not feel so alone in the pain and absolute frustration of being helpless where my child was concerned. For me this was a good thing. This book is one of my personal favorites because I related to the story, but I believe that anyone who has children....especially teenagers...could relate to some degree whether it be because they are experiencing some of the things this family faced or maybe because know friends who are.
I give this one 5 stars and will forever be grateful for having had the opportunity to read it!