I sobbed my way through Five Days Left and am so excited to spotlight Julie Lawson Timmer's latest release, Untethered! Be sure to enter for your chance to win one of two copies below!
Readers of Jojo Moyes, Christina Baker Kline, or Anna Quindlen will find themselves enthralled by this exquisitely-wrought story of love, loss, and motherhood that author Elisabeth Egan has called “a poignant page-turner.” In UNTETHERED (G.P. Putnam’s Sons; June 7, 2016), the issues of adoption, step-parenting, and child grief are at the forefront, challenging the way we think about the construction of families and the love that binds them.
Char Hawthorn has a great life. A freelance editor and college professor who is married to a wonderful man and is stepmother to his spirited fifteen-year-old daughter, Allie, in suburban Michigan, Char loves her family and the joyful rhythms of work and parenting. But everything changes when her husband unexpectedly dies in a car accident. In the eyes of the law, the word "mother" and all the rights that go along with it belong to Lindy, Allie's self-absorbed biological mother, who wants her daughter to move and live with her in California. Meanwhile, Allie begins to struggle in school and tensions mount between step-mother and step-daughter, though Allie’s connection to young Morgan Crew, a ten-year-old girl whom she tutors, seems to keep her grounded. Morgan, who was adopted out of foster care after a traumatically neglect-filled early childhood, self-harms and her adoptive parents are at a loss what to do. When Morgan disappears, Allie is distraught and takes matters into her own hands, leaving Char to face an irate Lindy, a future without Allie, and the question of Morgan—suddenly caught, herself, in a terrible crack in the system. Viscerally poignant, and deeply resonate on many levels, UNTETHERED is a powerful story of the void between law and love, and a riveting portrait of motherhood and all it encompasses.
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