Monday, July 11, 2016

Summer Reading Challenge: Untethered by Julie Lawson Timmer

This summer, members of the Vise Library are participating in a Summer Reading Challenge. We have received copies of several books from publishers for honest reviews. We hope that you enjoy these reviews (and books)!  This week's book is Untethered by Julie Lawson Timmer!

About the book:

When Char Hawthorn's husband dies unexpectedly, she is left questioning everything she once knew to be true: from the cozy small town life they built together to her relationship with her stepdaughter, who is suddenly not bound to Char in any real way. Untethered explores what bonds truly form a family and how, sometimes, love knows no bounds.Char Hawthorn, college professor, wife and stepmother to a spirited fifteen-year-old daughter, loves her family and the joyful rhythms of work and parenting. But when her husband dies in a car accident, the “step” in Char’s title suddenly matters a great deal. In the eyes of the law, all rights to daughter Allie belong to Lindy, Allie’s self-absorbed biological mother, who wants to girl to move to her home in California.

While Allie begins to struggle in school and tensions mount between her and Char, Allie’s connection to young Morgan, a ten-year-old-girl she tutors, seems to keep her grounded. But then Morgan, who was adopted out of foster care, suddenly disappears, and Char is left to wonder about a possible future without Allie and what to do about Morgan, a child caught up in a terrible crack in the system.

What does it actually mean to be a mother?  Untethered by Julie Lawson Timmer tries to answer that very question.  Char is the stepmother of Allie and is forced to examine the role of a stepmother when Char's husband, Brad, dies suddenly in a car crash.  Not only is Char having to adjust to this new life as a widow, she is having to help Allie adjust to her new life as well.  Allie's biological mom (Lindy) is not the loving, responsible parent she should be and only wants Allie when it is convenient.  Between the death of her father and Lindy pushing for Allie to move to California, Allie is struggling with life and school.  Allie decides to start tutoring young girl named Morgan.  Morgan has not had it easy either: she grew up in the foster system and self harms.  

This book will take you on an emotional journey that deals with many issues and storylines.  It delves deep into what it takes to be a parent and what it means to be a family.  This story also tackles the legal system and gives insight onto psychological damage.  A very compelling, heartbreaking read that you will not be able to put down!

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About the author:

Julie Lawson Timmer grew up in Stratford, Ontario. She is a lawyer, a mom/stepmom and a fledgling Pilates practitioner who, despite the often-questionable results, is making a sincere effort to become a better cook. She lives in Ann Arbor, Michigan, with her husband, their children, and two spoiled dogs. 

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