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“How do you know when you’re not a victim anymore, when you’re suddenly a survivor?”
Emily lay back on the grass and stared at the evening sky.
“Have you ever been pulled out to sea by a rip current?” She asked Casey.
Casey shook her head. “One second you’re just swimming around having fun and
the next second a wave dumps you under and a violent current grabs you and tosses you around until you don’t know which direction the surface is.”
You kick and you thrash, but you only seem to get more and more disorientated and you can’t breathe and you’re terrified.
Then you finally break the surface and take in a lungful of air and you become a survivor, and everyone thinks you’ve done it, that everything’s going to be okay now. But you haven’t. You’re still in the sea, desperately trying to stay afloat, the shore never quite within reach. Sometimes the undertow pulls you back under, and even when the water’s calmer, you’re having to kick and swim non-stop just to breathe. The water’s still all around you, threatening to swallow you back in and take you under. Survival is just about trying to breathe. It’s not living, it’s just being alive and there’s a difference.”
Genre: Romantic Suspense, Thriller
Emily Winter has spent more than half her life hiding from her past and the demons that still reside in it. She has tried to hide her pain with booze and mindless sex, never letting anyone close.
When her social worker and the closest thing to a friend she’s ever had calls Emily for help, Emily knows she can’t say no. Paige’s daughter Casey had been kidnapped and held for days in a foreign land. Paige knows the only person who could understand what Casey is going through would be Emily.
Going back to the town she hated, Emily is confronted with her past in more ways than one. Besides trying to help Casey work through her trauma, Emily discovers someone remembers more about her past than anyone else in town, and that someone is eager to pick up where they left off.’In order for Emily to survive, she will have to confront her own demons, the ones in her mind and the real ones waiting to finish the job they started years before.
“Nothing less than a masterclass in the sculpting of a raw, emotional and thoroughly compelling work of fiction.” The Scotsman
“A book that takes you on an epic, emotional journey of brilliance.” Yorkshire Post
Married to her best friend, journalist J. H. Morgan has three children under the age of seven and considers parenting to be the greatest adventure of her life. She lives in the tiny African kingdom of Swaziland, where she works full-time and writes in the middle of the night. After reading every book she owned or could borrow, she began writing her own stories.
Morgan’s extraordinary life experiences and those of the people closest to her inspire her writing and give her valuable insight into the painful world of addiction. She completely understands the need to start life anew and the consequences such a decision triggers.
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