This book was fantastic! The author is quite talented at description – I truly felt that I was part of the novel rather than just reading it. The struggles that the characters go through are real and processing life’s unexpected events can sometimes be difficult. The author navigates through these situations with humor, sarcasm, grace, and honesty. I highly recommend! -Amazon Review
Graceful Wind is a residential therapy center for teens struggling with drug abuse. The lodge’s website promises “addiction recovery” and “comprehensive distraction removal.”
There’s just one problem: Alice isn’t on drugs.
But the mountainside retreat does help her escape her mother, who can’t even look at her since her father left, and her friends, who glare at her from across the cafeteria, as if she’s the one who betrayed them. And most of all, it helps her outrun the memory of that tragic night six months ago, when everything changed.
Once on the mountain, Alice has new problems, like Micah, the delinquent who studies her with swimming dark eyes, as if he can see through all the secrets she’s guarding. And Lily, who hasn’t spoken since her mother killed herself. And Jack, who Alice feels she can actually talk to, despite his sordid past as a priest and current position as counselor at Graceful Wind.
In the middle of her struggle between protecting herself and letting go, an avalanche descends, cutting the power and contact with the outside world, and burying her new friends in snow.
Suddenly, Alice has to suppress the tragedy of her past and focus on the dangers facing her in the moment. If she can’t find the strength to move on, she may not be able to save her new friends – or herself – from real disaster.
About the Author
Kim O’Brien grew up reading and daydreaming beside the rivers and live oaks of the Texas hill country.
With starry-eyed visions of travel and adventure, O’Brien received a Journalism degree from Southwest Texas State University. Quickly after graduation, the politics of media got her down, and she looked for other writing opportunities.
After a decade of nomadic living and seven years of writing professionally, O’Brien returned to the hills and rivers of her childhood to write books and daydream once again.