NO RIVER TOO WIDE by Emilie Richards
“Some betrayals are like rivers, so deep, so wide, they can’t be crossed. But—for those with enough courage—forgiveness, redemption, and love may be found on the other side.
On the night her home is consumed by fire, Janine Stoddard finally resolves to leave her abusive husband. While she is reluctant to involve her estranged daughter, she can’t resist a chance to see Harmony and baby Lottie before she disappears forever.
Harmony’s friend Taylor Martin realizes how much the reunited mother and daughter yearn to stay together, and she sees in Jan a chance to continue her own mother’s legacy of helping women in need of a fresh start. She opens her home, even as she’s opening her heart to another newcomer, Adam Pryor. But enigmatic Adam has a secret that could destroy Taylor’s trust—and cost Jan her hard-won freedom.”
From the review at I Am, Indeed:
“Karen White provides the narration for this story, and as always her performance does justice to the words on the page. Small nuanced variations in pitch, tone and delivery present each character with a unique sound, and she uses inflection appropriately to present emotion, without overreaching or overacting.
Emilie Richards isn’t presenting a story that says domestic violence is bad – everyone is aware of that. What is less talked about, however, is the resilience of the human spirit and the hopeful tone in healing. The supportive friends, the strong friendships and the story of healing make this a not to be missed book.”
My recording experience:
Although this Goddesses Anonymous book does deal seriously with the issue of domestic abuse, and highlights how the group of women who have come together as “Goddesses” support Jan (the victim) and Harmony (her daughter), there are also strong elements of romance and mystery as well, all wrapped up in the character of Adam Pryor. It’s great to see how Taylor has matured since the first book, though she’s still got a ways to go to be able to let anyone into her heart, and how helping Jan escape her horrific past is a part of that. Now I can’t wait for the next one, but I’m afraid it’ll be awhile!
Listen to a sample here: