A powerful story of forgiveness
Seventeen-year-old Suzanne becomes pregnant and is forced to leave Old Order Mennonite community by her mother. Frightened, guilty and ashamed she raises her daughter and becomes a nurse. Twenty years later she is back in her old community to help take care of her mother, with her daughter. Full of secrets, she tries to navigate her family and seeing her first love again. As secrets become revealed can the power of forgiveness overcome what she has kept hidden all these years?
The Doll by Taylor Stevens
I enjoyed the storyline but I have not read anything by this author so there were at times where I didn’t follow along and wasn’t sure if it was because there were other books. I did like how the point of view changed and it wasn’t just one person, though that did mean there was a lot to follow along.
Abuse is scary…Really enjoyed this young adult read. Storyline starts out slowly but digs deep into Alex’s past with her mom and how is dealing with her mom’s death. Her relationship with Cole starts out smoothly but then takes a turn and he really shows his dark side. This book takes you on a journey with Alex as she has to choose between Cole and herself. You feel for Alex and understand how she doesn’t want to talk about what is happening to anyone.
I don’t think abuse is talked about enough with teenagers and especially if one is in an abusive relationship. I like how the author included references in the back of the book and answered questions on abuse and questions like how can I tell if myself or a friend is in an abusive relationship. She included numbers and websites for more information.