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In Leah's Wake [Kindle Edition]

Terri Giuliano Long
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (278 customer reviews)

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Book Description

WINNER, Global eBook Award, Popular Literature, 2012

WINNER, Indie Discovery Award, Literary Fiction, 2012

In this haunting coming-of-age novel, award-winning author Terri Giuliano Long delves into every parents’ nightmare as a rebellious teenage daughter unravels before her family, forcing them to reevaluate the choices they’ve made….


Star player and captain of her soccer team, sixteen-year-old Leah Tyler has a bright future ahead of her. Though she’s only in her junior year of high school, several colleges have already expressed interest in recruiting Leah—including Harvard, where her father desperately wants her to go. But when she meets bad boy Todd Corbett, her life soon spirals dangerously out of control.

From ignoring her curfew to experimenting with drugs, Leah is breaking every rule. For the first time in her life, she feels like she’s the one in control, making her own decisions instead of following her parents’ dreams. But as Leah is about to discover, her actions have the power to forever fracture her family.


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WINNER, Literary Fiction - IndieReader Discovery Awards (IRDA), 2012
WINNER Global eBook Awards, Popular Fiction, 2012
Book Bundlz 2011 Favorites - First Place, 12/11
Book Bundlz 2011 Book Club Pick
CTRR Reviewer Recommend Award, 2011


WINNER Global eBook Awards, Popular Fiction, 2012
IN LEAH'S WAKE: Winner of the CTRR, Reviewer Recommend Award
BOOK BUNDLZ 2011 BOOK PICK
BOOK BUNDLZ 2011 BOOK CLUB FAVORITES, FIRST PLACE

"Terri Giuliano Long writes about the complexities of marriage and parenting . . . pulled me right along, as I continued to make comparisons to my own life."

--Jennifer Donovan, Managing Editor 5 Minutes For Books

In Leah's Wake is beautifully written, haunting, fascinating, and a book that has a lot to say, a lot to teach you, without getting preachy. 

--Haley Stokes, Triumphal Writing


Recipient of the Coffee Time Reviewers Recommend (CTRR) Award. This award, selected by reviewers, recognizes outstanding writing styles in all book types and genres. --Coffee Time Romance

2011 Book Bundlz Book Pick
Recipient of CTRR, Reviewer's Recommend Award

2011 Book Club Book Pick - 2011 FAVORITES, FIRST PLACE

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  • File Size: 2568 KB
  • Print Length: 372 pages
  • Page Numbers Source ISBN: 0615608329
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B0044XV7PG
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  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,544 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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162 of 188 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Worth the 99 cents! December 26, 2010
By A Customer
Format:Kindle Edition
I downloaded this book for my kindle mainly because the price was so cheap, and Im glad that I did! I finished the book in about 4 days. once I picked it up, I couldnt put it down! Terri does an awesome job using foreshadowing in all the right places.. and writes an ending that you will never ee coming! I highly recommend this to anyone, but I advise any strict parent to consider purchasing this as a gift for anyone under the age of about 16, as there is qite a bit of suggestive material throughout. But over all, this is a FANTASTIC book!
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69 of 78 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Overall a decent story September 5, 2011
Format:Paperback
***I received a complimentary copy in exchange for a review.

I enjoyed this story for the most part. Leah went through a series of bad decisions that put her in a spot her pride couldn't back track on. The characters were well developed and it was easy to understand the things they did for the family.

I only gave it 3 stars because I felt like at times the story wandered away from the main plot and some of the story lines were too long and unnecessary. Overall, though, I enjoyed it.
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73 of 86 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great read! May 23, 2011
Format:Paperback
It's hard to believe this book was the author's debut novel. The characters and storyline kept you riveted to the book and you didn't want to put it down. Very true to life story that anyone who is raising or raised teenagers could definitely relate to and see themselves, as parents, in almost the same type of situations. I enjoyed reading about the family dynamics and how each individual's actions affect everyone in the family. Very good read! Great job Terri!
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Perfect Summer Read! June 5, 2011
By Emily
Format:Paperback
Holding my daughters for the first time, watching them absorb the world around them, smelling their sweet breath, I pictured a fairytale future. My vision of them held details of first steps, first boyfriends, college, marriage and eventually grandchildren. A lifetime of accomplishments mixed in with minor disappointments, disappointments that would only strengthen them to be the amazing women I know they will be. I pictured sharing this joy with my best friend and partner, my husband.

I didn't picture rampant sexual teens, drugs, drop-out coke dealing boyfriends, drunken parties or searching relentlessly for my runaway daughter. Thoughts of them failing school, insulting their team mates by quitting, or squandering a chance at college scholarships never crossed my mind. It was an impossible possibility that my older daughter could influence her younger sister to follow down a dark, dangerous road with her, causing a 12-year-old mental breakdown. My marriage could never be stripped down by the stress of raising an emotionally drowning teenager, worn thread bare, exposing gaping holes where adultery could seep in and communication lost. That could never happen to my family. Could it?

That's what Zoe and Will Tyler must have thought too, as they watched their two beautiful daughters, 12-year-old Justine and 16-year-old Leah, grow up in Terri Giuliano Long's debut novel In Leah's Wake.

"They had no idea, he and Zoe, how easy they'd had it when the girls were young."

In Leah's Wake is a dramatic contemporary novel about the average suburban family. Will and Zoe Tyler are both hard working parents trying to provide the perfect life for their children: a nice house, good schools, sports and academic enrichment.
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46 of 56 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars great page-turner February 10, 2011
Format:Paperback
Wow, this book really kept me from sleeping! Once started I had to know the end!
A big compliment to the author! I guess it must be a gift to be able to `create' a book of this caliber.
Being a parent myself with, I guess I may compare myself with Zoe and Will. Do they make mistakes!! Page after page it became more obvious they don't leave Leah a chance but to run away! The grenade in her was planted long ago, it just needed a Todd or Hope to pull the pin out! How good of the author to show that even a mother whose profession it is to train other parents how to get on the right track, can make such mistakes in her private live. The frustration (especially from Will) of not living the live they wanted, is mirrored onto the kids.
I can fully recommend this book, and I hope Terri Giuliano-Long is inspired to write another book.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars In Leah's Wake - lovely, moving, well-written October 2, 2011
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
A wonderful job of plotting and characterization in this debut novel. Poignant, thoughtful, well-written - lots to relate to here and much to think about as the story unfolds. Ms. Long has a wonderful career ahead of her, and I look forward to her next book!
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Heavy Subject Matter but Delivered Well January 16, 2012
By Staaj
Format:Paperback
I took a step out of my comfort zone when I decided to read In Leah's Wake. My comfort zone is normally filled with fiction that takes me far away from real life issues. In Leah's Wake is the exact opposite of what I normally read in that it features very real life problems. When Leah Tyler trades in her straight A student, star athlete lifestyle for one of rebellion, her family and even her whole town feels the weight of her shift in behavior.

Told from the alternating perspectives of the member of Tyler family and a local police officer, the reader experiences the all sides of the story. Leah's descent into disorder begins when she meets Todd, a high school drop out and drug dealer. She falls hard for Todd and soon she begins cutting class and skipping soccer practice to be with him. He introduces her to drugs, sex, crime, and in many ways turns her against her parents. When her parents finally catch on to her behavior, they over react to point where they end up driving Leah deeper into the arms of Todd and further away from a healthy lifestyle.

When Leah's father, Will, learns of her behavior and her lousy boyfriend, he looses his temper merely upon the mention of her boyfriends name. He see Todd as the sole reason why his daughter has changed so drastically from the little girl he once knew. Although Todd has a key role in Leah's behavior, her father also pushed her too hard to be perfect. He also refuses to curb his temper when around his daughter and so the fighting becomes inevitable.

Zoe, Leah's mother, is a stark contrast to her husband behavior. In fact, she barely reacts to Leah's behavior. As a self help speaker, one would think Zoe would be an expert in correcting her daughter's misbehavior, but instead she chooses to ignore and escape.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
3.0 out of 5 stars Ah, not so much
While the story is well written, there was not a likeable member in this family. It was page after page of the worst style of communication, dysfunction, and immaturity. Read more
Published 3 hours ago by hrchic
2.0 out of 5 stars scattered
I couldn't wait for this book to be over. One desperate turn of events after another. Depressing! Not a book I would recommend. The moral of the Loonnggg story was good.
Published 14 days ago by Janet
4.0 out of 5 stars Compelling
As a mother, grandmother and great grandmother, this book was out of my comfort zone, but I was drawn in, I felt sympathy for the struggle of each member of this family. Read more
Published 15 days ago by Jan
1.0 out of 5 stars review
The book title sounded great as did the review. Not so! I can not finish the book. This book stinks!
Published 18 days ago by Sandi DeBruycker
4.0 out of 5 stars Great family drama
Do you ever leave a book on your Kindle or shelf for a while because you're not sure if you'll like it? I've done that several times, and every single time, I wish I hadn't. Read more
Published 20 days ago by A. Chambers
2.0 out of 5 stars So much heartbreak.
We read this for my book club. I trudged through it. "In Leah's Wake" was fairly well written and the message of self-destructive behavior tearing families apart is... Read more
Published 23 days ago by BestJes
3.0 out of 5 stars So so
This book was a perfect example of ineffective parenting. I kept wanting them to take stronger action to control Leah. Then they totally ignored how Justine was suffering. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Judy Northrop
3.0 out of 5 stars Not the ending I was expecting
I read the entire book only to be disappointed by a two page ending. I was hoping for more information in the end.
Published 1 month ago by Patricia Murphy
4.0 out of 5 stars Suspenseful and realistic.
This novel explores the impact a teenager's rebellion has on her life and her family. The rent in the fabric of the family is significant and will never fully be repaired. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Prindaville
5.0 out of 5 stars Great book for all parents and grandparents.
So much to learn about families in trouble and teens rebellion. I can remember pushing my parents and trying to make my own way. Thank God I didn't fall into the path of drugs.
Published 2 months ago by Nancy A. Bertolone
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TERRI GIULIANO LONG has written for print and online media, news and feature stories for numerous publications, including the Huffington Post, and she's also edited technical articles. Her debut novel, In Leah's Wake, was an acclaimed bestseller, an Amazon bestseller for over six months and ranking sixth on the Barnes & Noble Nook's Top 100 list. In Leah's Wake won the 2012 Global eBook Award in Popular Literature and the 2012 Indie Discovery Award in Literary Fiction.

In May 2013, after teaching for seventeen years, Terri left her post at Boston College to focus on her writing and is currently hard at work on her next novel, The Lies We Tell Ourselves, a follow-up to her latest work, Until I Come Home. She lives with her family on the East Coast.

Please visit her website: www.tglong.com
Or connect on her blog (www.blog.tglong.com)
Facebook (www.facebook.com/tglongwrites)
Twitter (www.twitter.com/tglong).

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