Aug 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?

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The reality of how a family is torn apart by the rebellion of a teenager is brutally transparent in this story. In fact, it was so real that I wondered at times if it was the true story of a couple of girls very dear to my heart.

Leah gave up everything for her boyfriend. She lost out on a bright future and scholarship as a soccer star in a prestigious university. She gave up her education, her morals, and even her family. All for what she thought was true love, with a boy with a tarnished reputation and a lifestyle to match.

Leah's younger sister longed to have her sister back home again, and was willing to do almost anything to make it happen. Before long, she was mimicking almost everything that Leah did, desperately seeking acceptance by proving that she was just the same as her sister.

I found the relationship between the parents the most devastating of all. They both did what they thought was best for the family, but they didn't work together. Their love for their daughters was very evident, but they failed to portray a unified front.

For a fantastic book that looks into the thoughts and emotions of an entire family in crisis, please consider reading In Leah's Wake. There are scenes and language that some readers may find offensive, but it is a realistic look at a troubled family as they journey through a very difficult time.

Disclosure: Ebook purchased through Amazon, and I was not compensated for my thoughts.

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