Untethered

Untethered

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"When Char Hawthorn's husband dies unexpectedly, she is left questioning everything she once knew to be true: from the cozy small town life they built together to her relationship with her stepdaughter, who is suddenly not bound to Char in any real way. Untethered explores what bonds truly form a family and how, sometimes, love knows no bounds. Char Hawthorn, college professor, wife and stepmother to a spirited fifteen-year-old daughter, loves her family and the joyful rhythms of work and parenting. But when her husband dies in a car accident, the "step" in Char's title suddenly matters a great deal. In the eyes of the law, all rights to daughter Allie belong to Lindy, Allie's self-absorbed biological mother, who wants to girl to move to her home in California. While Allie begins to struggle in school and tensions mount between her and Char, Allie's connection to young Morgan, a ten-year-old-girl she tutors, seems to keep her grounded. But then Morgan, who was adopted out of foster care, suddenly disappears, and Char is left to wonder about a possible future without Allie and what to do about Morgan, a child caught up in a terrible crack in the system."--
Publisher: New York : G.P. Putnam's Sons, [2016]
ISBN: 9780399176272
Branch Call Number: TIMME
Characteristics: 335 pages ; 24 cm

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Apr 25, 2017

After reading her other novel"5 Days Left" and was anxious to read this story. It did not disappoint. This delved into the life of a step mother, who after her husband's death, didn't feel that any longer was anything in her stepdaughter's life. This goes on to look at her complex feelings and she tries to "step" aside and let the girls mother take first place in the daughter's life. However things do not work out as she expected and they all get involved in the life of the 10 year old adopted girl, who came out of foster care. They are all on a journey of discovery as to where they all fit together. Enjoyed this story and looking forward to any other books that she writes. If you have not already read "5 Days Left" please do it is an extremely well written story.

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