The Tyler family had the perfect life – until sixteen-year-old Leah decided she didn’t want to be perfect anymore.
While Zoe and Will fight to save their daughter from destroying her brilliant future, Leah’s younger sister, Justine, must cope with the damage her out-of-control sibling leaves in her wake.
Will this family survive? What happens when love just isn’t enough?
Jodi Picoult fans will love this beautifully written and absorbing novel.
In Leah's Wake is Terri Giuliano Long Debut Novel. A novel about the trials and tribulation's of raising two teenage daughters. A family living in an upscale community with their straight A, well behaved daughters.
Leah, a high school Soccer star, and Captain of her team, with the coaching from her father, Will first then a demanding Coach, already being recruited by Harvard and with a full scholarship on the line, Leah has other plans in mind very different from what her father and Coach want for her.
Justine, an aspiring Scientist, straight A student and all around good girl has her faith in God tested to the limit when her sister Leah, suddenly starts to rebel against her family, friends and team mates after she meets her new boyfriend.
Will and Zoe Tyler, hard working parents who try to give their girls the best of everything. Will a successful sales Executive and Zoe a Therapist with her own private practice, and motivational seminars she does on the weekends.
Life for the Tyler's seems great until Leah meets her trouble-making boyfriend. Life as they knew it takes a terrible downward spiral very quickly and turns all of their lives upside down. Leah doesn't know what she wants anymore, as she struggles for her independence, the once close family she had quickly falls apart. Will and Zoe struggle with the decisions on how to handle their daughter's new attitude and the decisions she is making, which is having a terrible impact on their marriage, while Justine is left trying to hold the family together. While trying to be the loyal sister and the good daughter, Justine suffers and test's the faith she has in God.
I have read a lot of books in the past on raising teens who rebel against their parents for one reason or another, but I have never read a book so close to home before. I love the way Terri tells the story from all side's of the family, not just the parents. You get to see where Leah's anger and frustration's are coming from, and where Justine's emotions are all over the place and doesn't know what to do to hold her family together. It's is also told from Will and Zoe's perspective's as well, as frustrated parents wondering if they are making the right choices on handling Leah's troubles she gets into. It takes the novel to a new level of understanding the whole picture.
I have a personal bond and understanding with Terri's novel. I have a son who has ADHD and ODD, he was a very hard child to raise. Growing up he had the same pent up anger, never being allowed to do what the other kids did and rebelling to get his freedom and independence. I also have a younger boy who was a really good kid, and like Justine he got put off to the side because I never had to worry about him, he was the good one. I saw the similarities between Will and Zoe's marriage, in my own and how much strain and stress it puts on a marriage. The fighting and not trusting each other and the children trying to put us against each other, and how easy it is for a marriage to end because of it all.
In the end, thank goodness it all has a way of working out for most, this was a very profound book for me, as I would think and hope it would be for all who read it. Terri takes you on an emotional ride where you are praying for all to work out in the end, but also for anyone who has gone through raising a child who rebels makes you understand, you are not alone. It is a hard time to watch and know that you can not control your kids anymore when they reach that age, and hope and pray that what you have taught them will help them make the right decisions.
Terri's way of telling this story is superb, compelling, and leaves a huge impact on you. I am very honored to have been given the chance to read "In Leah's Wake" and cannot wait to read what Terri writes next. This is a must read novel and recommend it to everyone, especially parents.
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