Guest Host: Barbara Claypole White
Barbara Claypole White, the bestselling author of The Perfect Son, comes a hopeful tale of redemption, renewal, and the promise of love.
Metal artist Katie Mack is living a lie. Nine years ago she ran away from her family in Raleigh, North Carolina, consumed by the irrational fear that she would harm Maisie, her newborn daughter. Over time she’s come to grips with the mental illness that nearly destroyed her, and now funnels her pain into her art. Despite longing for Maisie, Katie honors an agreement with the husband she left behind—to change her name and never return.
But when she and Maisie accidentally reunite, Katie can’t ignore the familiarity of her child’s compulsive behavior. Worse, Maisie worries obsessively about bad things happening to her pregnant stepmom. Katie has the power to help, but can she reconnect with the family she abandoned?
To protect Maisie, Katie must face the fears that drove her from home, accept the possibility of love, and risk exposing her heart-wrenching secret.
Barbara Claypole White writes hopeful family drama with a healthy dose of mental illness. Originally from England, she lives with her beloved OCD menfolk in the forests of North Carolina, where she has fourteen flowerbeds, one of which is home to Horace–a black snake who likes to scare the UPS guy. She is also an OCD Advocate for the A2A Alliance, a nonprofit group that promotes advocacy over adversity.
Barbara’s novels include: The Unfinished Garden (2013 Golden Quill Best First Book); The In-Between Hours (Southern Independent Booksellers Alliance, Winter 2014 Okra Pick); The Perfect Son (Goodreads Choice Awards Nominee for Best Fiction 2015); and Echoes of Family (Women’s Fiction Writers Association 2017 Star Award Finalist).
Follow Barbara Claypole White on Twitter: @bclaypolewhite.