From the acclaimed author of Prayers and Lies and The Sometimes Daughter comes
an emotional, compelling, and ultimately uplifting novel that explores
the fragility and resilience of love—and the decisions, large and small,
that determine not just who we are, but who we want to be.
Philips has an enviable life—even if it’s not quite the one she wanted.
She enjoys working at her university alumni magazine, her house is
beautiful, and her husband, Mark, is attentive, handsome, and wealthy.
But after years of frustration and failed attempts, Corrie is desperate
for a child—and haunted by the choices in her past.
ago, just after college, Corrie’s boyfriend Daniel left town, intent on
saving the world even if it meant breaking Corrie’s heart. Now he’s
returned, and despite her misgivings, Corrie feels drawn to him again.
But the emotions that overwhelm her may put her marriage and her secure,
stable life at risk. Faced with an unexpected choice, Corrie must
unravel illusion from reality at last and weigh what she most needs
against what her heart has always wanted.
Praise for the novels of Sherri Wood Emmons
The Sometimes Daughter
“Emmons has a keen grasp of the difficulties of mother-daughter dynamics…an intimate story.” --Publishers Weekly
“Emmons has written a heart-warming story that underscores the importance of family.” --The Star Ledger
who appreciated Lauren Myracle’s Bliss or autobiographies by Augusten
Burroughs and Jeannette Walls of dysfunctional family survivors should
also enjoy this novel.” –School Library Journal
Prayers and Lies
“A rich story of the triumph of love and decency.” –Sandra Dallas, author of Prayers for Sale
“A strong debut…Emmons has a rich voice that pairs well with the earthy setting…and the characters are wonderfully drawn.” –Publishers Weekly
“Surely Sherri Wood Emmons is the freshest new voice I've read in a long while. Read Prayers and Lies, and hold on tight! You are in for an unforgettable literary ride!” --Ann Hood, author of The Red Thread
the careful rendering of this dysfunctional family, Emmons makes us
fall in love with Bethany Wylie, the young girl at the heart of this
story, as well as her wayward cousin, Reana Mae. The evolution of their
friendship—the way they grow together and grow apart—is heart-breaking.”
--T. Greenwood, author of Grace