Book Description: All Allie Marshall wants is a fresh start. But when dark secrets refuse to stay buried, will her chance at a new life be shattered forever?
Convicted of a crime she didn’t commit, Allie watched a decade of her life vanish – time that can never be recovered. Now, out on parole, Allie is determined to clear her name, rebuild her life, and reconnect with the daughter she barely knows.
But Allie’s return home shatters the quaint, coastal community of Brunswick, Georgia. Even her own daughter Caroline, now a teenager, bristles at Allie’s claims of innocence. Refusing defeat, a stronger, smarter Allie launches a battle for the truth, digging deeply into the past even if it threatens her parole status, personal safety, and the already-fragile bond with family.
As her commitment to finding the truth intensifies, what Allie ultimately uncovers is far worse than she imagined. Her own sister has been hiding a dark secret—one that holds the key to Allie’s freedom.
My Thoughts: Laura McNeill is a brand new author to me and I believe this is is her second novel.
The story of Allie Marshall was intriguing and the mystery of why she came to be in prison and serve time for a crime she adamantly declares she didn't commit.
As she is serving her time she had to leave a small daughter behind for her parents and her sister to raise. It seems that her sister, Emma. actually has raised her daughter, Caroline for ten years while Allie was behind bars. And it was Emma who consistently visited Allie while she was in prison.
With that said...I found the novel to be well written and well paced. However, even though Allie prays to God she doesn't seem to have a relationship with Him and there is a lot of sin in Allie's family. We all sin but it seems to me that there was never a "closure" or a repentance for Allie and her family. It was all too trite.
And I understand that people in the world use cuss words but when a christian book has four letter words used by the characters I just don't think that it's necessary. As Louis L'Amour stated, "I've written all these stories without pornography, without obscenity ..."
This story was just okay; however, I was disappointed in the story.
*This book was provided for review by The Fiction Guild Team Challenge*