Willowood, Kentucky 1965 – Robin Lee Carter sets a fire that kills her rapist, then disappears. She reinvents herself and is living a respectable life as Catherine Henry, married to a medical school dean in Tucson, Arizona. In 1985, when their 5-year-old son, Michael, is diagnosed with a chemotherapy-resistant leukemia, Catherine must return to Willowood, face her family and the 19-year-old son, a product of her rape, she gave up for adoption. She knows her return will lead to a murder charge, but Michael needs a bone marrow transplant. Will she find forgiveness, and is she willing to lose everything, including her life, to save her dying son?
A Bend in the Willow will both warm and break your heart.
Be prepared for a powerful and emotional journey with Catherine Henry as she endures much. A very well written and plotted novel, I felt like I was by her side as she travelled back to her birthplace in search of family to save her son.
This novel is a tale of love and hate, between parent, child and siblings, and about the lies that tears a family apart.
Definitely for the 2017 to be read pile and right up there on my list of top reads.