Thursday, January 19, 2012

In Leah's Wake Review

In Leah’s Wake
Terri Giuliano Long

Parenting, many of us have been there and realize the struggles that ensue. We assume if we do things right, guide our children; provide for their every need, that life will turn out perfect for them. Children however are not puppets and have their own character that despite our best efforts, we can’t control.
 Terri takes this very concept and brings the readers a real to life novel. Her debut book is outstanding. I was taken up immediately by the story line of Will and Zoe, upper middle class couple, raising 2 daughters Leah 16 and Justine 12.  Terri brings life to the characters immediately. Showing their career choices, describing their lives in the early years, and expanding on how with teenagers things are getting a big tense. Teenage problems that you typically associate with the poorest class, or absentee parents affect all spheres as Terri clearly shows.  Hooking up with the wrong crowd, drunk and alcohol abuse, runaway teens are all issues that could very easily infiltrate any home in America. I loved how Terri showed the characters as human. They fought and tried to do things ‘perfect’ for too long, and were shattered when their perfection was found flawed.  Temptations and fears seized them all as they struggled to pull their family back together.
I couldn’t put it down and was thrilled to find Terri’s works. Excited to read her next novel!

Terri Giuliano Long is the bestselling author of the award-winning novel In Leah’s Wake. Books offer her a zest for life’s highs and comfort in its lows. She’s all-too-happy to share this love with others as a novelist and a writing teacher at Boston College.
Her life outside of books is devoted to her family. In her spare time, she enjoys walking, traveling to far-flung places, and meeting interesting people. True to her Italian-American heritage, she’s an enthusiastic cook and she loves fine wine and good food. In an alternate reality, she could have been very happy as an international food writer.
Terri loves meeting and connecting with people who share her passions.
You can visit her website at or connect with her on Twitter at and Facebook at
I received a copy of this book from Pump up Your book in exchange for an honest review. 


  1. stopping over to see whatcha reading. Nice review.

  2. Hi Melanie,

    I'm so excited - and honored - by your amazing and thoughtful review of In Leah's Wake! Thank you so very much!

    Your point about children not being puppets is so true. We may wish we could control them at times, but you are so right - they have their own character and their own minds. It means a lot to me that you see the characters as human - trying to do the right thing, even if they fail.

    Thank you again - you've made my day!

    Warmest wishes,


  3. This book is an accurate depiction of every parents nightmare. We often stand on the outside and look at other families when they go through difficulties, always praying that the same tragedy never happens to us. In Leah's Wake takes you through trust, hope and love. The journey is sometimes difficult, as you turn the pages you want to move faster than the storyteller does. The story also gives you the worst case scenario of the different kinds of relationships we deal with on a regular basis - parent and child, husband and wife, siblings. It is easy to shut this book and think it is just a story but I would like to think that there is an important lesson to be taken away from Leah and her family - forgiveness.