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Abby Martin is grieving the loss of her husband, killed in a drunk driving accident by his best friend, Todd Sanders, and in a moment of anguish, will say some hateful words all caught on camera. Then when Todd is murdered, the weapon found near her apartment, along with a speedy trial, lack of proper representation, Abby will be found guilty of murder and sentenced to life without parole.
Eight years later, someone from Denver spots Todd in San Francisco, and ADA Ethan Cooper will revisit the case. He is shocked at the circumstantial evidence, lack of proper details, and even what he witnessed of Abby’s public defender. A visit to the prison to see Abby will stir up new details never uncovered during the trial, and lead to her be exonerated and freed. But that also leads to new questions and the search for Todd.
“I wouldn’t trust you as far as I could throw you!” “Was he offering friendship? Could two people with the history they had between them become friends?”
Ethan is overcome with guilt the deeper he digs into the original trial. He was part of it as a young new attorney in the DA office. Experience has taught him many things, and now it is his belief he needs to help correct this miscarriage of justice. He will help Abby find a temporary apartment and to find a job where she isn’t closed inside. Prison has her very claustrophobic, and a job working with plants is ideal for her.
“Life had been unfair. She had to deal with it and move on. “--Abby
“I know life is unfair; bad things happen to good people. But if I can balance the scales a bit, then it makes what I do worthwhile.”—Ethan
The story takes the reader through the heartache and loss of Abby, losing Kyle, then being charged with the murder of Todd, and given a life sentence that offered no hope. Everything she had worked for and dreamed, like being a school teacher, a wife, and a mother, was stolen from her.
The past eight years had been a living nightmare that she could not escape. Then to learn that she would be free from prison, but even that freedom came with a high price, one she could never fully recover and will always have issues with.
Ethan starts out trying to right the wrongs, and at first, yes, there is guilt, and maybe he is seeking forgiveness and penance, but the more he learns and comes to know Abby, the more he cares. Then there is his ex-wife Holly, who has high hopes of winning him back. The only thing good about that marriage was his son, Sam. Is Ethan only doing things to help Abby out of guilt or is it something more?
Ethan was an idealistic young prosecutor just starting out. Something about Abby stuck with him through the years. When a chance comment lead him to investigate & find out that Abby was truly innocent, he was sick at heart. He did everything he could to get her released & started on a new life. Somewhere his feelings began to change & he wasn't operating on guilt.
I loved these two characters! Abby has been broken down & her innocence lost. The decision about her daughter was heart wrenching while it was also the purest decision made of love. Ms. McMahon manages to make the reader fully feel Ethan's guilt & pain even while sympathizing with Abby. As a reader, you would think you needed to support one or the other but you soon realize they are both broken in their own way. The addition of Sam brings back innocent love in its purest sense. He adds that element of unconditional love & acceptance. This story touched my heart!
Ethan had been the assistant district attorney who had prosecuted Abby. When he found out information that might prove Abby's innocence. He was determined to help free her and pay back the debt he felt to her because of her innocence and unfair conviction. As he tried to help her he began to develop feelings for her and her for him but she was wary because it was hard to trust anyone after what she had been through. Would she ever be able to see the depth of Ethan's feelings for her and recognize those same feelings in herself towards him?
I absolutely loved the beauty of this story. I cried with Abby when everything she had, including her sweet baby girl was taken from her and she was left with no hope at all. I loved how Ethan just kept trying to help her succeed. There was no sex or anything that detracted from the beauty of the story. Wonderfully done!
Abby Martin had been convicted of murder and spent eight years in prison. While there, she gave birth to her daughter but put her up for adoption as she expected to spend her life in prison. She just hoped her daughter was happy and healthy. Meanwhile, she would make the best of her time in prison. She worked alone in the gardens. She loved being outside as she suffered from claustrophobia so being inside was torture. Then, one day, she was called to the prison warden’s office for some unknown reason. There she med Ethan Cooper who had come to tell her that he was reopening the case because he had learned that friends of his ex-wife had thought they had seen Todd alive in San Francisco. Had he and the prosecuting attorney made a mistake?
Through Ethan’s efforts, Todd was found in San Francisco. He was being extradited to stand trial in Denver for the death of Abby’s husband and for his partner. Meanwhile, Abby is out of prison and her record expunged. What lies ahead for her?