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 in Asheville, North Carolina, 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.
Richards (One Mountain Away) builds a complex, yearning saga of broken families and damaged trust in the latest in her Goddesses Anonymous series, this time based on the hair-raising escape of battered wife Janine; the disappearance of her abusive husband, Rex; and an insurance-fraud scheme. After leaving her home in flames in Topeka, Kans., the traumatized Janine, with the help of a group of advocates for abuse victims, resettles in Asheville, N.C., to quietly reunite with estranged daughter, Harmony, and grandbaby Lottie a relationship nurtured by Harmony's friend Taylor. With the simultaneous arrival in town of Alex, who offers to run a defense course for women at Taylor's newly opened health and fitness studio fanning the flames of Alex and Taylor's immediate red-hot attraction Janine rediscovers her self-confidence. Alex is hiding his own secrets, however, and their revelation, along with the depth of Rex's betrayal, threaten to end both Janine's and Taylor's newfound happiness. Richards deftly juggles an intriguing thriller with an exploration of domestic violence and reinvention. Still, it's the quirky, gritty characters in and out of Goddesses Anonymous all determined to help women in need who power this tale of forgiveness every step of the way.