Tuesday, May 31, 2011

In Leah's Wake...A funeral or a rampage


In Leah's Wake is contemporary fiction at it's best. The menage of characters and their strengths and flaws pulled together creating a tapestry to be viewed again and again. As an author myself I appreciate the ability to use multiple points of view in a novel. Mrs. Long did an amazing job utilizing this obvious talent. A book to read, share, then read again.

Leah: Oldest child, big sister, soccer star, falls for the wrong guy and rebels. Will it ruin her life? Her family?

Justine: Youngest daughter, little sister, deeply religious, intelligent and loves Buffy the Vampire Slayer. When her sister's behavior sends her family in a spiral her faith is tested. What will she believe in the end?

Zoe: Mother, Wife, woman trying to find something for herself. The struggles of her life are heart wrenching, motivating and relatable.

Will: Husband, father, former athlete, struggling business man. Will loves his family but struggles under the pressure of his own expectations and those of the world. Even though he makes some bad choices you find yourself rooting for the guy anyways. He's literally out numbered 3 to 1 in a house of women.

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?

Tour Notes:

Please vote for my blog in the traffic-breaker poll for this tour. The blogger with the most votes wins a free promotional twitterview and a special winner’s badge. I want that to be me! You can vote in the poll by visiting the official In Leah’s Wake blog tour page and scrolling all the way to the bottom.

The next word for the book give-away is HOME . Learn more about the give-away and enter to win 1 of 3 copies on the official In Leah’s Wake blog tour page. The other 2 copies are being given-away courtesy of the GoodReads author program, go here to enter. And don’t forget to stop by the Q&A with Terri Giuliano Long Group to discuss In Leah’s Wake (including questions from the official book club guide), the author, her writing process, and advice.

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