Jaclyn Paul, Author
Mariana Taylor is about to turn 18 — the first birthday her big sister never had. She was four years old when a tragic accident took her only sibling. Trapped with a controlling mother in a small town that will always remind her of the family she lost, she dreams of graduation and adulthood. Then everything falls apart. Mariana endures a public humiliation at school on the heels of her first real heartbreak. Her parents pull the plug on her college plans. Then her mother hits her during a terrible argument. Mariana runs, and tries not to look back. Karen Taylor has already lost one child. She can’t let it happen again. When Mariana disappears and her worst nightmare threatens to repeat itself, Karen mounts a desperate search for her daughter. She struggles to hold together her crumbling marriage and come to terms with the only clue Mariana left behind: a letter that blames Karen for everything. Alternating point of view between mother and daughter, Driving Forces follows the Taylor family’s splintering in the face of long-buried grief, and their reckoning with what it will take to rise from the ashes. To reunite the family, each of the Taylors must accept their role in the others’ fates. Each will have to learn to forgive, beginning with themselves.