All of Charlotte Vale Allen books are great reads. Only reason I am posting this book is it is a duplicate.
Grace Loring is a successful author, and single mother, but her past holds an abusive marriage which she fled, to find safety with her brother. Now, a reader writes to her seeking advice about her abusive marriage, and Grace is happy to support her in doing what she needs to do to escape. After several weeks of intensive e-mailing, the letters stop and Grace is overwhelmed with fear for her correspondent. when the e-mails resume, something seems weird, but Grace cannot decide just what it is. Her brother and her significant other, along with her daughter, advise her to be wary, but Grace wants to help in any way she can. Who is her correspondent and why is she writing such weird stuff? You have to read this book!!!
Early in her marriage Grace Loring became the victim of her husband's sudden, unpredictable rages. Taking her infant daughter and a few belongings, Grace fled to the safetly of her brother Gus's home in Vermont. Now, Years later, Grace is a successful author.
Accustomed to abused women writing to ask for advice, Grace is sympathetic when she is contacted by a troubled young woman names Stephanie Baine. In the course of their e-mail correspondence, Stephanie reveals details of a nightmarish life-her terrifying abduction as a teenager, the psychological and physical abuse at the hands of her husband. Grace's advice is clear: Stephanie must do whatever is necessary to escape this madman.
After several weeks of an intensive exchange, the e-mails abruptly stop, and Grace begins to fear the worst for Stephanie. Then the e-mails resume, and what Grace learns casts doubt on everything she believed. Who is Stephanie Baine? Has anything she's told Grace been the truth? Is she really a young woman in danger, or is something else-something sinister, even deadly-going on?
I enjoyed this book. Charlotte writes as though she's been aquainted with spousal abuse and its far-reaching results.
An author corresponds with a battered woman and tries to give her advice, but soon begins to wonder who the woman really is. THe end is a surprise.HUmorous, and surprising.
This book is great from the first page............