Today’s feature is an ARC of The Whole Golden World, by Kristina Riggle.
Intro: June 6, 2012: Dinah felt the turning away like the snap of a rubber band that’s been pulled too far, finally lashing back, leaving a welt.
She had not expected Morgan to be happy. This morning she had hoped only that her children stay alive and fed, because at least this she could accomplish. Probably.
Then Morgan turned away from her, walking to the left side of the courtroom to sit behind that man.
In the low murmurs ripping in their wake, she heard the crowd registering what had just happened. Dinah reached for Joe’s hand—and found only cool air.
Teaser: In fifteen minutes they were back in their driveway, and Rain slumped, trembling with released tension. Thank you, she prayed silently. No sirens. Scarcely another car to be seen, in fact, even on a Saturday night. (p. 71).
Amazon Description: Kristina Riggle, the acclaimed author of Real Life & Liars, returns with a thought-provoking novel inspired by real-life events
Seventeen-year-old Morgan Monetti shocks her parents and her community with one simple act: She chooses to stand by the man everyone else believes has exploited her—popular high school teacher TJ Hill. Quietly walking across a crowded courtroom to sit behind TJ, and not beside her parents, she announces herself as the adult she believes herself to be.
But her mother, Dinah, wants justice. Dinah is a fighter, and she believes with all her heart and soul that TJ is a man who took advantage of her daughter. He is a criminal who should be brought to justice, no matter what the cost to his family.
Rain, TJ’s wife, is shocked that her handsome, loving, respected husband has been accused of a terrible crime. But has her desperation to start a family closed her eyes to the fault lines in her marriage? And can she face the painful truths about herself and her husband?
Told from the perspectives of these three remarkable women, The Whole Golden World navigates the precarious territory between childhood and adulthood, raising questions about love and manipulation, marriage and motherhood, consent and responsibility. It’s a novel both shocking and unforgettable in its power.
What do you think? Would you keep reading? I can’t wait to begin….