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When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Whalen

When We Were Worthy by Marybeth Whalen

Synopsis:  

When the sound of sirens cuts through a cool fall night, the small town of Worthy, Georgia, hurtles from triumph to tragedy. Just hours before, they’d watched the Wildcats score a winning touchdown. Now, they’re faced with the deaths of three cheerleaders—their promising lives cut short in a fatal crash. And the boy in the other car—the only one to survive—is believed to be at fault. As rumors begin to fly and accusations spin, allegiances form and long-kept secrets emerge.

At the center of the whirlwind are four women, each grappling with loss, regret, shame, and lies: Marglyn, a grieving mother; Darcy, whose son had been behind the wheel; Ava, a substitute teacher with a scandalous secret; and Leah, a cheerleader who should have been in the car with her friends, but wasn’t. If the truth comes out, will it bring redemption—or will it be their downfall?

Thoughts:  

This book was an extremely emotional read for me, my son is still very young, but I already worry about what lies ahead when he becomes a teenager..... fast cars, parties, teenage angst.... I will be completely honest that at times these thoughts terrify me. While this book certainly fanned the flame of those fears, it also is a gorgeous tale of forgiveness, of appreciating those who are around you and a reminder to live every single day to the fullest. Whalen writes the dynamics of small town life perfectly and has given us a heartfelt tale that captures the resiliency of families when faced with unthinkable tragedy.  I am working on a more detailed review because this book hit very close to home for me -- I lost a good friend in a car accident my senior year in high school. In the mean time,  I wanted to go ahead and get a post up because I just loved this story so much and wanted you to add it to your TBR list if it is not already there.  5 fantastic stars. 

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