Growing Wishbones: An American Tale by T J Askren
Jodi can’t figure out why she’s always felt different. Maybe it’s because she’s being raised in a conservative Midwestern town by a single mother and has no idea who her father is. Or maybe it’s something else entirely. Her mother tries to give Jodi the best life she can while working the night shift as a nurse. Jodi lacks nothing, including fatherly support from her beloved Uncle Teddy, but she longs to know the identity of her real father. As she embarks on her own nursing career, Jodi begins to understand what makes her different and realizes the true meaning of family.
Melanie’s family seems perfect to the outsider, but behind the walls of her suburban Florida home she endures life with an abusive father. Her cries for help go unnoticed until she escapes by marrying a good-natured young businessman. But marital bliss can’t keep her personal demons at bay as she struggles with the aftershocks of her childhood. Her downward spiral is interrupted by a lifelong friend and Melanie discovers things she never thought possible.
They each face their own challenges until a web of lies and secrets brings them together.
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