by Rochelle B Weinstein
Publisher: Lake Union Publishing
Buy the Book: Amazon
Coach Ryan can coax his team to victory, but he can’t seem to make his wife, Abby, happy. Her struggles with depression have marred their marriage and taken a toll on their daughter, Juliana. Although this isn’t the life he’s dreamed of, he’s determined to heal the rifts in his family.
Chasing waterfalls and documenting their beauty has led photographer Lauren Sheppard all around the world. Now it has brought her back home to the mountains of North Carolina—back to the scene of her devastating heartbreak.
For the first time in seventeen years, a trio of once-inseparable friends find themselves confronting past loves, hurts, and the rapid rush of a current that still pulls them together.…
Kritters Thoughts: Abby Holden is a mother and wife, but she has been battling a secret that could tear apart her seemingly perfect life, but the secret is also tearing apart her. She must let this secret out and see where her world is after to get better. This book is told through her point of view, and her daughter, her husband and a college friend - all of them will be affected when the truth is released.
I have critiqued quite a few books on how they handle mental illness and a few people on Amazon have written some nasty remarks. I don't personally battle with mental illness, but I know what it looks like and even in fiction my wish is for books to portray things as honestly as possible - at least contemporary fiction, fantasy is a different story! This book felt real and honest and as the character enters a home to battle her brain to find out how to live a full life, this book made me really love how the author wrote her.
Rochelle Weinstein has written two previous books, have any of you read them? I am intrigued by What We Leave Behind and just may have to add it to the TBR pile!
Rating: definitely a good read, but can't read two in a row
Disclosure of Material Connection: I received one copy of this book free of charge from TLC Book Tours. I was not required to write a positive review in exchange for receipt of the book; rather, the opinions expressed in this review are my own.