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A Bend In The Willow
A mysterious and emotional past collides with a reinvented future. How far would you go to save the life of your child? How much would you sacrifice? Willowood, Kentucky 1965 - Robin Lee Carter sets a fire that kills her rapist, then disappears. She reinvents herself and is living a respectable life as Catherine Henry, married to a medical school dean in Tucson, Arizona. In 1985, when their 5-year-old son, Michael, is diagnosed with a chemotherapy-resistant leukemia, Catherine must return to Willowood, face her family and the 19-year-old son, a product of her rape, she gave up for adoption. She knows her return will lead to a murder charge, but Michael needs a bone marrow transplant. Will she find forgiveness, and is she willing to lose everything, including her life, to save her dying son?
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Catherine, her physician husband Ben, and their son Michael lead an enviable life until Michael is struck with leukemia. Catherine, now sophisticated and well mannered, doesn’t discuss her heartbreaking past and even changed her name. Ben doesn’t hide secrets like she does, but growing up, Ben tried “to define himself within his father’s tight boundaries.” Ben and his father, ashamed of their Jewish heritage, are at odds, but Catherine remembers a childhood much worse than his. Little truths come out, and Ben wonders who she really is. She says she doesn’t know how to live with something she did and could go to prison for a felony.
Michael is only five years old but is dying and needs a bone marrow transplant. Catherine tries to contact her older brother, Kyle, but he doesn’t believe she is alive. He even paid for a gravestone for her, believing she died in a fire.

Will Ben and Catherine find a way to live authentic lives? Will Catherine find a way to communicate with her brother after all these years of silence? What will happen to Catherine when the truth comes out?
I highly recommend this wonderful family saga. The emotion in the author’s writing and all the sensory associations are excellent.

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