Before the Storm
Others notice the way he blurts out anything that comes into his mind, how he cannot foresee consequences, that he's more child than teenager. But his mother sees a boy with a heart as open and wide as the ocean.
Laurel Lockwood lost her son once through neglect. She's spent the rest of her life determined to make up for her...more
Laurel Lockwood, due to post-partum depression and alcoholism, lost her son to the system. Returned at a year old, Laurel spent the rest of her life making up for her mistakes and being the best mom she could be to them. Her son, Andy has special needs and she hesitated to let him go to the church lock-in social. The church that night is ...more
Andy was born with the developmental disability Foetal Alcohol Syndrome as a result of his mothers addiction during pregnancy. He sees the world optimistically and rather naively ...more
I felt it was implausible, if not downright impossible, to believe that the arsonist would wait as long as they did to confess, given who was accused and how far the repercussions of those accusations were reaching. No decent human being (which we're led to believe the arsonist is) could stand by and watch someone they care about go through the hell the accused was ...more
Diane Chamberlain is the New York Times, USA Today and Sunday Times bestselling author of 26 novels published in more than twenty languages. Influenced by her former career as a social worker and psychotherapist, she writes suspenseful stories that touch both heart and mind.
Andy is 15 years old and suffers from Fetal Alcohol Syndrome. His understanding of things is very straightforward; he takes things literally. His mother ...more
When Laurel got pregnant, they got married, and everything was perfect. Until after their daughter Maggie was born. Laurel's depression and how she felt nothing for the baby might have started when she and the baby were separated shortly after the ...more
The story is a family drama with plenty of twists and turns to hold your interest. At times it does get a bit cheesy, and the characters seem a bit two dimensional, and it seems like the author is trying a bit too hard. But I didn't roll my eyes too much - haha :) And I finished it - I'm so quick to abandon a book - I should ...more
I find any books with a character that suffers from postpartum hard to read because I suffered quite a bit after my son was born. Reading about it always throws me back into that experience, and it's not fun. In that respect, the book is well written because it felt real, and I understood what Laurel went through, ...more