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Elatives and Bethany's friendship with Reana Mae keep them coming back But as Bethany grows older she realizes that life in this small close knit community is Prayers and PDF or not as simple as she once thoughtthat the riverside cabins that hold so much of her family's history also teem with scandalous whispersand that those closest to her harbor unimaginable secrets Amid the dense woods and ui. An appropriate thought provoking title for this book about acceptance and forgiveness a remarkable story of love friendship being a teenager the compelling need to be wanted and needed lies secrets and the dichotomy of pain and joy Bethany and her cousin Reana Mae draw you in to their lives growing up in the Coal River valley of West Virginia When Bethany begins to realize familial dark secrets her world begins to change and she wrestles with integrity loyalty and devotion Bethany who lives in Indiana spends every summer with her family at their cottage in West Virginia There she enjoys the lazy lifestyle with her cousin Reana Mae In the winters they write back and forth sharing the angst of adolescence But one summer things are altered and difficult for her to understand Even though her heart tells her not to she swears to keep a secret that begins to unravel many different lives Tracey her older sister taunts and torments them both in cruel and at times surprisingly ways Life is honestly portrayed in this book at times poignant and other times heartbreaking I found this read enthralling and it stayed with me long after I finished the last pageAlthough for adults high school students will easily relate and enjoy this haunting story

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Prayers and Lies

Et beauty of the valley these secrets are coming to light at last with a force devastating enough to shatter lives faith and the bond that Bethany once thought would last forever Spanning four decades Sherri Wood Emmons' debut is a haunting captivating novel about the unexpected sometimes shocking events that thrust us into adulthood and the connections that keep us tethered always to our pasts.. This book captivated mealmost like a car wreck though as the plot and characters were emotionally raw There was no sugar coating what was happening in their lives I thought the book was extremely well written and developed to the point that it amazes me this was a first time author My complaints I needed a geneology chart to remember who was related to who and how I also was very upset that the abuses were accepted by the families and characterized as normal to a degree Why wasn t anyone punished Disturbing how the sexual abuse of a minor was considered a relationship The bad blood psychological issues were well written especially in the character of Tracey you could feel this young women s torment in every rage episode and hate filled speech However at some point I just wish the parents would have realized how Tracy also ruined everyone else s life and stepped indenying or placating the behavior associated with a mental illness didn t seem to help anyone in the end I also felt that the epilogue missed out on resolving the fates of Jolene and Caleb

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When seven year old Bethany meets her six year old cousin Reana Mae it's the beginning of a kinship of misfits that saves both from a bone deep loneliness Every summer Bethany and her family leave Indianapolis for West Virginia's Coal River Valley For Bethany's mother the trips are a reminder of the coalmines and grinding poverty of her childhood of a place she'd hoped to escape But her loving r. You know that feeling that you get when you first start reading a book and you uickly fall in love with the main character You hang on to their every word and feel the same emotions that they are feeling That s how it was between me and Bethany Wylie Bethany and her parents and her three sisters spent every summer on the Coal River in West Virginia Her parents were born and raised there so they had numerous aunts uncles and cousins to visit with Bethany formed a special bond with one of her cousins when she was seven years old Reana Mae was six and they became sisters and soul mates What transpires over the next decade between the two of them ranges from poetic to painfulunimaginable and unbelievable They almost become enemies Their friendship bond struggles to hold strong as well as their families struggle to remain in control and keep things together I was in Wendy s yesterday eating a salad while reading this book and my mouth literally dropped open during one chapter I lost a little lettuce and blue cheese but I tell you it was well worth itPrayers and Lies made me laugh cry and yearn to crawl into the pages to be with Bethany and Reana Mae to hug them and tell them that everything will be okaySherri Wood Emmons has written a beautiful coming of age novel that has now earned a spot in my favorite Top Ten Reads ever I certainly hope that she is working on her next novelI ll be waiting for it


10 thoughts on “Prayers and Lies

  1. says:

    You know that feeling that you get when you first start reading a book and you uickly fall in love with the main character? You hang on to their

  2. says:

    This book was wonderfully written and really had me in an emotional tirade about the characters I was rooting for some disgusted at s

  3. says:

    ”Mother had a saying ‘You don’t hang underwear on the outside line’ And our secrets stayed neatly cloistered within the family where they belonged That was our way for a long time until we couldn’t hide them any” This b

  4. says:

    An appropriate thought provoking title for this book about acceptance and forgiveness a remarkable story of love friendship being a teenager the compelling need to be wanted and needed lies secrets and the dichotomy of pain and joy Bethany and her cousin Reana Mae draw you in to their lives growing up in the Coal River valley of West Virginia When Bethany begins to realize familial dark secrets her world begins to chan

  5. says:

    Well written for the most part but I don't appreciate the way the author treated an abusive incestuous situation between an 11 year old and her adult uncle as a relationship Although it was portrayed as a wrong and inappropriate relationship it was never portrayed as rape abuse or incest Despite the close relationship many of the characters

  6. says:

    As a native West Virginian I was very anxious to read this book After completion I have mixed emotions I became pulled in by the story line and loved the sweet natured narrator I thought Ms Emmons was uite proficient in character development She had me gritting my teeth while reading about Tracy's hatefulness a

  7. says:

    This book captivated mealmost like a car wreck though as the plot and characters were emotionally raw There was no

  8. says:

    By far one of the best books I've read in uite awhile The story takes place in West Virginia and is told in Bethany's POV The setting is late 1960's 1970's with the last chapter being 1982 It centers mostly on Bethany and her cousin Reana Mae It's a story which revolves around a family and extended family and the lies and secrets

  9. says:

    Oh I loved this book What an amazing tale This book immediately became one of my favorites I would highly recommend

  10. says:

    When Bethany meets her cousin Reana Mae it's the beginning of a friendship that will last forever Every summer Bethany and her family leave Ind

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