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Product Details

  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform; Reprint edition (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1456310542
  • ISBN-13: 978-1456310547
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 5.5 x 0.7 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (289 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,040,908 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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
--This text refers to the Kindle Edition edition.

More About the Author

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).

Customer Reviews

No plot so far and no real character development.
Barbara Henderson
I only finished the book because I'm the type of reader who needs to get to the end with the hope that the story will improve.
deedee23
As a mother of daughters I can say that telling a daughter she can't see someone is the biggest mistake you can ever make!
A. Newberry

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163 of 190 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on December 26, 2010
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 By Read for Fun on 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 By Donna Dowd on 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 By Emily on June 5, 2011
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 By Michael Kors on 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 By Molly Greene on October 2, 2011
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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 By Staaj on January 16, 2012
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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