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Accused Audiobook

Accused: My Fight for Truth, Justice and the Strength to Forgive

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Publisher's Summary

Tonya Craft, a Georgia kindergarten teacher and loving mother of two, never expected a knock on her door to change her life forever. But in May 2008, false accusations of child molestation turned her world upside down. The trial that followed dragged her reputation through the mud and lent nationwide notoriety to her name. Tonya's life spiraled into a witch-trial nightmare in which she was deemed guilty before her innocence could be determined by a jury. Her children were taken away without even a good-bye, and her own daughter was forced to take the stand against her in a courtroom. The situation seemed hopeless, and Tonya was shell-shocked and heartbroken. But that didn't keep her from finding the strength to fight.

Accused is about more than Tonya's shocking trial and fight for justice. It is the story of a mother's extraordinary love, the faith that sees her through it all, and the forgiveness that sets her free.

©2015 Tonya Craft (P)2015 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Accused, the true story of a Tonya Craft's fight against the criminal justice system, is much more than a blow by blow account of a woman facing a prosecutorial steamroller." (Robert Whitlow, author of The Confession)

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    Mary F. 11-27-15
    Mary F. 11-27-15
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    "Heartwrenching Story"

    The story of the witch hunt Tonya Craft endured is heartbreaking and shocking. The narrator brings a liveliness to the story's many characters that pulls you deeper in, especially in the courtroom scenes. I have to say, though, that while I sympathized with Tonya's ordeal throughout I didn't like her a lot by the end. Throughout the book, she peppers in phrases like (I'm paraphrasing here) "It was important that the jury know I'm not a perfect person," yet outside of two small failings she takes credit for, she presents herself mostly as the only morally upright person in the room, a person whose every action is altruistic. I really find that hard to buy. Telling people you're not perfect yet behaving as if you think you are would lend credence to ONE of the prosecution's allegations: that Tonya is a bit narcissistic. Still, narcissist does not remotely equal child molester, and this woman is so completely and clearly innocent it's ridiculous that grown adults could have ever put her and the children in their care through all this.

    6 of 6 people found this review helpful
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    Dianne New Bern, NC, United States 12-31-15
    Dianne New Bern, NC, United States 12-31-15 Member Since 2011
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    If you could sum up Accused in three words, what would they be?

    Best account of the miss use of the court system that I have ever heard. More people that have gone through the same types of being accused falsely should get on Tonya's bandwagon. I knew the end of the story and still am amazed how badly it could have turned out for a classy lady.


    What did you like best about this story?

    The complete theme of truth and forgiveness.


    What about Hillary Huber’s performance did you like?

    She made me feel that she was Tonya Craft going through the entire process.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    Tonya Crafts total acts of forgiveness for those who had hurt her the most any woman can be hurt.


    Any additional comments?

    Great lesson in moving forward through forgiveness.

    1 of 1 people found this review helpful
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    Roberta 12-28-15
    Roberta 12-28-15 Member Since 2014

    Vassar graduate, living in Mexico and retired.

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    "a terrifying true story"
    If you could sum up Accused in three words, what would they be?

    Could be anyone!


    What did you like best about this story?

    Well told, held my interest, insightful and inspiring. God helped her when she prayed.


    What about Hillary Huber’s performance did you like?

    Just the right tone, not shrill. Emphatic stress when appropriate.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The entire ordeal is moving. There is relief from the tension as she describes other events.


    Any additional comments?

    This book would be a good gift for someone who is seeking faith in God. The woman's faith got her through this nightmare.
    This could happen to anyone.

    3 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Amazon Customer 11-15-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Best Books 2016"

    Great read, particularly as the trial gets going. Sure hope the sale of this book can contribute towards payment of legal fees

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    christy 10-20-16
    christy 10-20-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Awesome book! Loved it"

    This book was very interesting and kept my attention . The narrator did an excellent job! Scary ordeal Tonya Craft had to go through but I appreciated her honesty about everything and how she spoke about forgiveness! Loved this book!

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    Melissa 10-12-16
    Melissa 10-12-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Amazing"

    What an amazing, inspirational and empowering book. I think every attorney should listen to it along with judges and all members of law enforcement. So many of us need a reminder that we should not jade ourselves to what we think we know about people accused of crimes. This book is the perfect example of why we should never forget the constitutional protections that ALL Americans are entitled too. Thank you, Tonya, for sharing your story.

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    Denee 10-08-16
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    "Gods Wrath Not Ours"

    That is the hardest thing of faith to follow. We all love get even movies!
    We all want justice served immediately. We want people to suffer like we have - because we should not have suffered! It is with Gods grace and His love truly in our hearts when we can realize Gods Love is more important than us getting Our Way- and giving it to Him for His Ways!
    God Bless Tonya!

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    Sherilyn Braun 10-04-16 Member Since 2016
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    "Stayed Awake All Night!!"

    I've listened to probably at least a hundred memoirs and this book was just a non-stop listen for me. The raw honesty and hearing the author's voice bring her ideal to a non-stop roller coaster story of persistence.

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    Cindy Gottschling-McEligot 08-16-16
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    "As Tonya Craft said, nobody wins"

    I could not stop listening. It is amazing & sickening at the same time to think about how easily someone's life can be turned upside down by false accusations. And to what lengths someone will go to get revenge, even victimizing their own children in the process. Her ability to forgive is a true testimony of the person that she is. Fabulous book--sadly, it's not fiction.

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    Linda Cherokee, AL 07-17-16
    Linda Cherokee, AL 07-17-16 Member Since 2014
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    "A nightmare come true."

    Most of us have known "friends" who can be vindictive. Say half-truths about us behind our backs, or downright lies. But to use this vice through the manipulation of your own children against an innocent person who used to claim you as a friend is demonic. Then add our servants of the judicial system who seem to forget their role in finding truth and justice progress a case of falsehoods through the system destroying innocence of children and adults alike is an unbelievable travesty in our time. Where are the consciences of these people?

    This book will change the way you think of our judicial system. Beware of the narcissistic prosecutors, judges and law enforcement. We need to read as many true accounts of cases like this one and warn our family members not to take this system at its word.

    The ending is as surprising as the story itself. I couldn't stop listening until finished. 2 days is all it took for me.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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