Friday, August 12, 2016

With Love from the Inside by Angela Pisel

Hardcover, 320 pages
Expected publication: August 9th 2016 by G.P. Putnam's Sons
Angela Pisel’s poignant debut explores the complex relationship between a mother and a daughter, and their quest to discover the truth and whether or not love can prevaileven from behind bars.

Grace Bradshaw knows the exact minute she will die. On death row for murdering her infant son, her last breath will be taken on February 15 at 12:01 a.m. Eleven years, five months, and twenty-seven days separate her from the last time she heard her precious daughter’s voice and the final moment she’d heard anyone call her Mom. Out of appeals, she can focus on only one thing—reconnecting with her daughter and making sure she knows the truth.
            Secrets lurk behind Sophie Logan’s big house and even bigger bank account. Every day when she kisses her husband good-bye, she worries her fabricated life is about to come crumbling down. No one knows the unforgivable things her mother did to tear her family apart—not her husband, who is a prominent plastic surgeon, or her “synthetic” friends who live in her upscale neighborhood.
            Grace’s looming execution date forces Sophie to revisit the traumatic events that haunted her childhood. When she returns to her hometown, she discovers new evidence about her baby brother William’s death seventeen years ago—proof that might set her mother free but shatter her marriage forever.
            Sophie must quickly decide if her mother is the monster the prosecutor made her out to be or the loving mother she remembers—the one who painted her toenails glittery pink and plastered Post-it notes with inspiring quotes (“100 percent failure rate if you don't try”) all over Sophie’s bathroom mirror—before their time runs out.

My Thoughts…

With Love From the Inside is not the book when I expected.   I thought I would be reading a book about a woman, a mom, on death row who yelled her innocence every chance she got and believed that justice was doing her wrong.     Grace did know she was innocent of killing her baby but she did not yell it to everyone she could.    She accepted that justice was doing her wrong and knew that she had to accept the her end was coming.      Her goal was to make her daughter, Sophie, accept her life and know that Grace never gave up loving her.    

Sophie had decided that once her father had passed away from a heart attack that she would live her life like her mother had died also.   She would forget she had a mother and move on with her life.    I am not sure she ever truly did this but she pretended very well.       I could feel Sophie’s struggles; feel her fear at getting found out that she was living a lie, and her fear of her world falling apart.     I loved the story of Max and Sophie.   The care, love, and attention that she gave that little boy who needed a mother so badly was my favorite part of Sophie’s story.     One little boy could fill a heart that was closed off so completely that I felt that love opened her up to so much more in her life.  

Together Sophie and Grace are daughter and mother.   Both needed each other more than they knew.    I had tears while reading about their first meeting.    Angela Pisel did such an amazing job writing their reunion and all the “stuff” that lead to their reunion.     I cannot imagine living either of their lives but I was able to picture what their lives were like.     This is a debut novel and I cannot wait for more.   

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“Like nothing else I’ve read this year…
The writing in this novel is so strong and its message of forgiveness so powerful that it brought me to tears.”
Elin Hilderbrand, New York Times-bestselling author of The Rumor

About the Author:   Angela Pisel has worked as a therapist and life coach, mentoring women through difficult stages of their lives.  She lives in North Carolina with her family and WITH LOVE FROM THE INSIDE is her first novel.

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