A story of an unforgettable first love in the heart of Texas...from New York Times best-selling author Joan Johnston.
Delia Carson was only 16 when she fled her Texas hometown. She left behind a web of lies that destroyed her family...and Marsh North, the irresistible bad boy she'd fallen in love with. Now, 11 years later, a family crisis forces Delia to return home - back to the mystery, back to the shadows...back to Marsh. His bad-boy reputation behind him, Marsh is now a respected, prize-winning journalist. And he's never forgotten Delia or the youthful love they shared. Determined not to lose her again, Marsh sets out to prove to Delia that they belong together. But will the dark secrets from Delia's past keep them apart?
©1996 Joan Mertens Johnston, Inc. (P)2013 Recorded Books
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While the author handled the very real matter of incest between a stepfather and his daughters with sensitivity, the reader/listener is constantly reminded of what shaped this woman to the point you can't get away from it. A significant amount of time is devoted to this heavy issue overshadowing the tenderness of young love and the couple's budding second chance. There are enough suggestive and/or slightly graphic details of physical and emotional abuse to contemplate seeking professional help for damage to the reader's psyche.
Another thing that bothered me was the issue of forgiveness. Without delving into great detail, would you grant forgiveness to a family member for committing, covering up or ignoring such an act on not one but two of your children? Not I!
Had I known the subject matter, I NEVER would have made the purchase. I strongly urge Audible to revisit the book's description for an update. It sounds as though Delia was at fault for wrecking the family, when what she was, was an abused 16 year old who fled a hopeless situation.
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