For ten years Emily Dobbs and Marcie Carter have been the closest of friends. They’ve raised their kids together, shared joy and heartache, exchanged neighborhood gossip over tea. But when Marcie’s son, now a college freshman sports star, is arrested for date rape, the bond between the families could be shattered forever.
As the Carters try to deal with the unthinkable, Emily discovers her daughter has been hiding a terrible secret…a secret that threatens the futures of both families. Recently divorced, Emily struggles to keep it all together—to support her terrified daughter, to maintain her friendship with Evan’s mother and to have faith in the detective who could change all of their lives.
When things seem darkest, both she and Marcie discover that sometimes the first step toward a better future is mending fences with the past.
Mending Fences by Sherryl Woods is a raw, emotional book about friendship, family, and date rape. It is as real as any fiction book can possibly get. I was hooked on this story as soon as I started to read it. I have never read a book as honest as this one. The friendship between Emily and Marcie, Josh and Evan, and Dani and Caityln, is like a fairy tale. Who doesn’t want to be best friends with their neighbors and their kids? Sometimes, though, fairy tales don’t always have happy endings. Sometimes, dreams turn into nightmares, and family trumps friendship, always.
I could not put Mending Fences down. The women in this book could be anyone out there dealing with rape, silently and alone. Mending Fences is an inspirational story about brave women who decide to stand up to their attacker and do something about date rape, even if they are scared to do it. No woman deserves to feel like they did something wrong. Mending Fences proves that there is justice for date rape victims. This novel is also about the hardships of friendship, divorce, and the struggles of being a stay-at-home mom vs. a working mom.
It broke my heart to see how Marcie was treated by her husband, how Emily was forced to divorce her husband, and how Dani had to keep such a large secret from almost everyone she loved and trusted. It is hard to believe that two families, who lived side by side for almost their entire lives, could end up in such a tangled up mess. Mending Fences is heavy and hard to swallow. Like I said, I had trouble putting it down. Even though it is sad, it is also heartfelt and written with tact and understanding.
Mending Fences is a reissue from Sherryl Woods and will be available to purchase on September 27, 2016.
I was given a copy of this book in exchange for an honest review.