Thursday, December 6, 2012

Book Review Blog Tour: In Leah’s Wake by Terri Giuliano Long

Thanks  for stopping by on this leg of Terri Giuliano Long's Book Tour for In Leah's Wake. 

Enjoy the excerpt and my review and don't forget to leave a comment. Terri will be awarding a $100 Holiday Cash Amazon Gift Card to a randomly drawn commenter during the tour.

Follow the tour and comment to better your chances of winning. The other tour dates can be found here:


This is the story of a contemporary, dysfunctional family caught in the angst of adolescent rebellion. The Tylers want the best for their children, but they work too hard to get it and that means spending too much time away from their kids. Meanwhile their daughter, Leah, a star soccer player, is attracted to an older boy who introduces her to drugs. She makes some bad decisions and her parents are at a loss. As devastating events take place, it seems like nothing will save this family. 

There are so many important issues in this book, truancy, drug use, rebellious teenagers, runaways, bullying...
As the mother of grown children I've witnessed some of these issues personally and I believe Terri did a wonderful job portraying the situations in a realistic way. I think it's an honest story that many parents can relate to. 

The characters are flawed and you may not like them or agree with the way they handle certain things. I know I didn't. But their story held my interest.

In Leah's Wake is an emotional roller-coaster. I recommend you read it. It's a story that begs contemplation and discussion. 

In Leah’s Wake
by Terri Giuliano Long



A Story of Love, Loss, Connection, and Grace

At the heart of the seemingly perfect Tyler family stands sixteen-year-old Leah. Her proud parents are happily married, successful professionals. Her adoring younger sister is wise and responsible beyond her years. And Leah herself is a talented athlete with a bright collegiate future. But living out her father’s lost dreams, and living up to her sister’s worshipful expectations, is no easy task for a teenager. And when temptation enters her life in the form of drugs, desire, and a dangerously exciting boy, Leah’s world turns on a dime from idyllic to chaotic to nearly tragic.
As Leah’s conflicted emotions take their toll on those she loves—turning them against each other and pushing them to destructive extremes—In Leah’s Wake powerfully explores one of fiction’s most enduring themes: the struggle of teenagers coming of age, and coming to terms with the overwhelming feelings that rule them and the demanding world that challenges them. Terri Giuliano Long’s skillfully styled and insightfully informed debut novel captures the intensely personal tragedies, victories, and revelations each new generation faces during those tumultuous transitional years.

Recipient of multiple awards and honors, In Leah’s Wake is a compelling and satisfying reading experience with important truths to share—by a new author with the voice of a natural storyteller and an unfailingly keen understanding of the human condition…at every age.

WINNER, Global eBook Award, Popular Literature, 2012
WINNER, Indie Discovery Award, Literary Fiction, 2012
Recipient of the CTRR Award for excellence
2011 Book Bundlz Book Pick
Book Bundlz 2011 Favorites, First Place

Praise for In Leah’s Wake

“An astounding story of a family in transition." -- Tracy Riva, Midwest Reviews

"A powerful and intimate portrait of a family in disarray." -- Margot Livesey, award-winning author of The Flight of Gemma Hardy

"Terri Long's accomplished first novel takes the reader on a passionate roller-coaster ride through contemporary parenthood and marriage. Sometimes scary, sometimes sad, always tender." -- Susan Straight, National Book Award finalist, author of Take One Candle, Light A Room

"An incredibly strong debut, this book is fantastic on many fronts." -- Naomi Blackburn, top Goodreads reviewer worldwide, Founder Sisterhood of the Traveling Book

“A very moving and, at times, heartbreaking story which will be loved by many, whether they are parents or not.”-- A. Rose, Amazon UK, TOP 100 REVIEWER

“Pulled me right along as I continued to make comparisons to my own life.”-- Jennifer Donovan, 5 Minutes for Books, Top 50 Book Blog

"A masterpiece of psychological tension and unbearable suspense, a portrait of America in the present day." -- Frederick Lee Brooke, author of Doing Max Vinyl

“Multiple ripples of meaning contribute to the overall intensity of this deeply moving psychological drama.”-- Cynthia Harrison, author of The Paris Notebook




Leah had totally lost track of time. She and Todd had been hanging out at the water tower for hours, perched on the hood of Todd’s jeep drinking vodka and OJ, admiring the beautiful night. This was the most perfect place in the universe. Big sky, lots of trees. In the valley below, lights began to blink out.

Leaning back on her elbows, Leah gazed at the heavens. “Look,” she said, mesmerized by the inky black sky, the billions and billions of stars. “The Big Dipper.” As she stared into space, time fell away, the past merging seamlessly with the future.

Todd set the flask on the hood of his truck and put his arm around her, drawing her close. So close she could smell the spicy deodorant under his armpits. Just being with Todd Corbett made her feel dizzy all over. Todd was, by far, the hottest boy she had ever laid eyes on. His hair was long on top, short on the sides. He had full lips, and the most fabulous blue eyes, like…like crystals or something. A Romanesque nose, the exact nose she’d once told Cissy she’d die for, only now that she’d seen it on Todd, she realized that particular nose was meant for a boy. Best of all, he had this incredible aura, all purple and blue, like James Dean or Kurt Cobain.

She curled her legs under her and laid her head on Todd’s chest.


AUTHOR Bio and Links:

Terri Giuliano Long is a frequent blog guest, with appearances on hundreds of blogs. She’s written news and feature articles for numerous publications, including the Boston Globe and the Huffington Post. She lives with her family on the East Coast and teaches at Boston College. Her debut novel, In Leah's Wake, was a Kindle bestseller for more than 6 months. For information, please visit her website:

Twitter: @tglong




Raonaid Luckwell said...

Very honest review. And I liked the different excerpt. I have a fourteen year and already had to deal with peer pressure. So it would be cool to see a book that touches with issues some of us as parents are dealing with

Raonaid at gmail dot com

Goddess Fish Promotions said...

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Catherine Lee said...

Gale...I think that because you have kids, you can feel what this family is going through. I think parents of teens (and tweens) should read it. It may make you appreciate having a normal, crazy, "uneventfully full" family life!
catherinelee100 at gmail dot com

Gale Stanley said...

It's true. This is a good read for parents. In today's world it's harder than ever to raise children. Now I worry for my grandchildren. Gale

Ingeborg said...

Great review and excerpt, thank you.


Shannon Ro said...

Thank you for the review. It is stories like this that make me think. My husband and I are both working hard to advance our careers but we need to make sure it is not at the price of losing touch with our family.

fencingromein at hotmail dot com

MomJane said...

I totally agree with the review. This is an important story. Love the blurb and excerpt.

Christine D. said...

Thanks for sharing your honest thoughts.

This story really does beg for contemplation. Don't think I wanna have kids lol.

Terri Giuliano Long said...

Hi Gale

Thank you so much for your honest and thoughtful review! I can't tell you how much I appreciate your time and comments!

My best,

Gale Stanley said...

Terri, Thanks for guesting and giving me the opportunity to read your book.
All the best, Gale

bn100 said...

Nice review. The characters sound interesting.


Mary Preston said...

A story that will stay with you I'd say. I like that.