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Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Leaving Yesterday by Kathryn Cushman is up on CFBA!

This week, the

Christian Fiction Blog Alliance

is introducing

Leaving Yesterday

Bethany House (October 1, 2009)


Kathryn Cushman


I graduated from Samford University with a degree in pharmacy, but I’ve known all my life that I wanted to write a novel “some day”. For me, “some day” came about five years ago, when I started writing and never looked back.

My third attempt became my first published novel.

A Promise to Remember was a finalist for the American Christian Fiction Writers Book-of-the-Year in the Women’s Fiction category, and Waiting for Daybreak was a finalist in Women’s Fiction for the Inspirational Reader’s Choice Award. Leaving Yesterday just arrived on scene and I’m very excited about it!

On the homefront, I’ve been married to the wonderful and handsome Lee for over twenty years now, and our two daughters are currently braving the worlds of elementary and high school. We’ve lived in Santa Barbara for the last seventeen years. When I’m not writing or reading or braving seventy degree holidays, you’ll find me watching the younger daughter play softball, or the older daughter building amazing high school theater sets


Alisa Stewart feels like she's lost two sons: her youngest to a terrible tragedy and her eldest, Kurt, to a life ruined by addiction. But now Kurt has checked himself into rehab and found a healing faith that seems real. It's like he's been raised from the dead.

But then a detective arrives at Alisa's door asking questions about a murder--the death of a drug dealer before Kurt entered rehab. Alisa fears losing her son again, and when she finds evidence linking him to the killing, she destroys it. Her boy is different now. He's changed and deserves a second chance.

But when another man is charged with the crime, Alisa finds herself facing an impossible choice: be silent and keep her son or give up everything for the truth.

If you would like to read the first chapter of Leaving Yesterday, go HERE

My review:

I know a book is really good when I can't put it down. I read this book straight through in one day. I couldn't help imagining myself in a similar situation and I felt the character's angst throughout the story. I thought the author did a great job with tension, realism, and upping the stakes with every chapter. This mother's denial was totally understandable even though it was wrong. A few shocking things occurred in this story that made it all the more real to me. Half the time I wasn't sure if things revealed were the truth or a scam. And there was a lot of anger expressed, which made sense given the situations in the story. The temptation to sin in other areas and the lack of desire to pray just added to the dynamics of this complicated situation. It's hard to do a review of this book without spoilers so I'll just say that I was pleasantly surprised at how well the author showed the consequences of sin and the rewards of doing the right thing even when it could cost you everything. Highly recommended.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

I have been waiting for this book. I have read the others and enjoyed them.

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