this was a really great book! Wasnt what i was expecting but great author and i hope to read more from this author!
After reading and enjoying "The Sometimes Daughter" written by Sherri Wood Emmons, I was looking forward to reading Prayers and Lies. Although I liked this book enough to finish it, I was slightly disappointed. What kept my interest in this particular story was the display of underlying strength, forgiveness and unconditional love of family. Many of the characters may not have made the wisest choices, yet many (not all) were accepted for their flaws. The author did a nice job developing the main characters, yet I found it a little distracting/difficult keeping track of all of the other characters. I will say that Sherri Wood Emmons is a talented writer. I just don't feel that this book was outstanding.
Prayers and Lies
by Sherri Wood Emmons
This is a very appropriate, thought-provoking title for this book. Sherri Wood Emmons is a new voice in fiction, and one well-worth listening to.
Most families are held together with ties that bind, and often are prayers and lies. Such is the family of this narrator, Bethany and her cousin Reana Mae.
Every summer, Bethanys family goes home to the Coal River Valley of West Virginia. She and her cousin Reana Mae, both misfits develop a sisterhood. As they grow through adolescence, the shocking realities of family secrets, lies, and bad blood brings them closer, yet threatens to tear the entire family apart.
Bethanys own sheltered life up north eventually becomes jeopardized by Reana Maes everyday life and the devastating horror of it, down in Coal River.
The sister-cousins cling to each other through it all, as they learn about life, the different kinds of love, family, and their rightful place in the world.
This is an excellent book from an excellent new author.