One fateful night, Sadie Sparks’ young life was changed forever. Just as she was discovering love with her best friend, Dillon McGraw, someone else was plotting to take her for his own. Faced with choosing between the fear and threats and a safer life, Sadie leaves her West Virginia home for good.
A decade later, Sadie returns to Appalachia to care for her ailing mother, but stays to fight for the mountain she loves. Her struggles to protect it from being ravaged for coal put her in greater danger than she ever imagined — and back in the arms of the man she never stopped loving. But the man responsible for changing her life so many years ago is determined to keep her under his control. When she decides to break free, will Sadie and Dillon’s bond be strong enough to endure the truth about his identity?
I will be honest, when I started this book I was worried if I could get into it, but by the end of the first chapter I was hooked. So many story plots revolving around Sadie and Dillon that there was no way to not just keep reading to see what happened.
Sadie knew Dillon was the one for her, even as children. He professed his love to her and his desire to marry her when she was a young teenager. One day he let his passion for her get just a little out of control for these God-fearing people and she ran. What she didn’t realize was she was running towards the man who was going to rape her and steal 10 years of her life. When Dillon found her, she was in horrible shape and he took her back to her parents house. There he had to watch her father who was a pastor blame and beat Sadie for being raped, even though she had cuts on her neck to prove it wasn’t consensual.
Sadie left a few months after that to escape the torment her father was putting her through and the memories of that one day that killed who she use to be. This meant she also left Dillon. Ten years later she returns to be with her mom as she was dying. The author takes us on Sadie’s journey to reclaim what was taken from her those many years ago, while also learning to say goodbye to what those years took from her. Trying to find her place back into a family she abandon, people who judged her and now she must try to save “her mountain” from coal miners. This is overwhelming but she must also take back the power that her rapist stole, because the rapist and Dillon are connected. Dillon doesn’t know who hurt his Sadie, he carries the blame for not protecting her from the invisible devil, little does he know that devil is someone he sees daily.
Secrets are exposed, people’s lives are in danger, dying wishes are trying to be granted. Relationships are trying to be rebuilt and futures are being planned in this story. It is a whirlwind of emotions that the reader will feel. A couple of my favorite quotes from this book that puts into words what I feel the whole story is about…….
“It’s easier to push away than to hold on. It always has been. It’s easier to feel angry than vulnerable–and that is how I feel now. Completely stripped of my veneer. “
“I mourn in heaving tears, and acknowledge the old me hiding behind all of it as if she’s just been waiting for me to let her out of the prison he put her in. In fact, I know he did not kill her. It was me who let her go so I could move on–like cutting off a diseased limb before it spreads to the rest of the body. I’m ready now to bring her out and examine her wounds. I’m willing to call her “me” again.”
This was Sadie and Dillon’s journey and I adore this book. It gives hope in the midst of despair, it gives love a chance in the storm of hate. It brings peace in the arms of death and it gives the human spirit the power to overcome and a chance to prove its strength. Make sure you grab your copy of this book and be inspired like I was.
Originally from Wasilla, Alaska, I now live in Northern California in my first real house with my husband, John, daughter, Elise, and our two mutts, a beagle and an Australian terrier. I’m a vegetarian with a unique accent that merges Alaskan vowels with Valley Girl, and I love Ryan Gosling—but who doesn’t. The eco-theme in my book comes from being Healthy Child Healthy World’s first ever Mom on a Mission in late 2009. My story was featured in People Magazine, Lifetime‘s Remarkable Women series, The Sacramento News and Review, and is a highlighted story on the advocacy website Care2. Sadie’s Mountain is my debut novel.
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