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A Bend in the Willow by [Clayton-Goldner, Susan]
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Length: 275 pages Word Wise: Enabled Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
Page Flip: Enabled Language: English

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Willowood, Kentucky 1965 - Robin Lee Carter sets a fire that kills her rapist, then disappears. She reinvents herself and is living a respectable life as Catherine Henry, married to a medical school dean in Tucson, Arizona. In 1985, when their 5-year-old son, Michael, is diagnosed with a chemotherapy-resistant leukemia, Catherine must return to Willowood, face her family and the 19-year-old son, a product of her rape, she gave up for adoption. She knows her return will lead to a murder charge, but Michael needs a bone marrow transplant. Will she find forgiveness, and is she willing to lose everything, including her life, to save her dying son?

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 2409 KB
  • Print Length: 275 pages
  • Simultaneous Device Usage: Unlimited
  • Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing (18 January 2017)
  • Sold by: Amazon Australia Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B01N0HL432
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Screen Reader: Supported
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars 1 customer review
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #122,024 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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In 1965, Robin Lee Carter ran away from a life of tragedy and abuse, and reinvented herself as Catherine Henry. Twenty years later, her son is dying of leukemia and can only be saved by a bone marrow transplant from a relative. Catherine/Robin Lee has to face up to her past and reunite with her family if she has any hope of saving him.

Borrowing elements of both the thriller and the romance novel, the story alternates between three narrators: Catherine in the third person, Catherine's husband Ben in the third person, and Robin Lee's flashback memories, narrated in the first person. This use of three narrative voices could have been confusing, but it is handled skillfully, highlighting the growing divisions between Catherine and Ben, as her past comes to light, and the decreasing distance between Catherine and her younger self, as their story lines come together, finally collapsing when Catherine returns to Robin Lee's childhood home and confronts the memories waiting for her there. As the story progresses, tension--and pathos--is heightened as the central tragedy of Robin Lee's life is gradually revealed, against the backdrop of Catherine's son's worsening illness. The language is in turns lyrical and painfully raw, sometimes falling back on diction reminiscent of genre fiction as the characters struggle with their secrets, but always evoking the sights and scents of the settings: a hospital room in the pediatric oncology ward, a root cellar in rural Kentucky. This is not a light and fluffy read, even though it is not long, and the vividness of the descriptions means that readers struggling with abuse or illness may find it challenging. However, it is ultimately a story of hope and healing.

My thanks to the author for providing a review copy of this book. All opinions are my own.
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