Cooper, Inglath, A Year and a Day, (Richmond, Surrey: Mills & Boon, 2005).
Title: A Year and a Day
Author: Inglath Cooper
Issues: Domestic Violence; Murder; Parenthood; Rape
She has the life most women dream of
Too bad for Audrey Colby it’s all a facade. Her seemingly devoted husband is really a monster. Their high-society “friends” protect his ugly secrets. The mansion they live in is just a gilded prison for her and her son, Sammy. Everything hinges on escape. One day, Audrey decides she and her son need to escape. She’s had enough. If only Nicholas Wakefield would stop interfering.
Former state prosecutor Nicholas has seen his share of violence perpetrated against women. He knows there are some injustices he can’t make right, like the unsolved rape and murder of his teenage sister. He failed her. But he won’t fail Audrey…
Audrey Colby is a woman who took a wrong turn early in her life. Ignored that little voice of doubt that bid her to take a second look. We’ve all done it. It’s just that some bad decisions put us in worse places than others.
Like most of the choices we make, the picture isn’t black and white. Audrey has a son whom she loves heart and soul. And she’s determined to give him the life he deserves, a life free of the awful things he’s seen from his father.
I once heard someone living in a difficult situation asked why she stayed, why she didn’t leave. Her answer? “At least this devil I know.
That’s the tough part. Prying ourselves out of the familiar, even when it’s bad, and flinging ourselves into the unknown.
I think of my own life as a tapestry, countless threads of good and bad woven together. It would be impossible to pull one thread without changing the landscape of the entire thing, making it something other than what it is. Maybe the challenge then is to find peace with the choices we’ve made, and go forward with experience as a beacon to light our path.
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