Laura comes from an increasingly dysfunctional family, and it all comes to a head in the midst of the 1963 eruption of the Baldwin Hills Dam that caused millions in property damage. The story has a powerful message about how one young girl uncovers more family secrets and how through her artwork, finds the inner strength to accept what she cannot change and how to manage what is out of her power. – Amazon Review
Cracks in the Heart: Young Adult Fiction
After her parents’ neglect results in a near-death experience, teenaged art prodigy Laura is visited by her colorful guardian angel. Laura is challenged to honor her mother and father, a struggle indeed with the increasing dysfunction and revealed secrets in her home.
The spiritual and the paranormal entwine themselves throughout “Cracks in the Heart”, as Laura tries to hold together the already fractured family under the shadow of the Baldwin Hills Dam. Inspired by true events.
About the Author
Janet Peters was born and raised in Los Angeles, California close to the ocean where she loved surfing the waves by the time she hit her teens. Her main interests were reading, writing and art, and painted a yucca in oils when she was 8 yrs. old. Eventually, she graduated from Pepperdine University in Malibu with a major in English and minor in Art, and enjoyed teaching for Los Angeles City School for many years. She and her architect husband, Clint, and their 3 children decided to leave the sea and move to a mountainous area, Salt Lake City where they lived directly under majestic peaks and loved watching the changing hues of each season.
After her husband became ill, she opened a tutoring center, which she directed and ran for 15 years, and taught adults art in the evenings and the weekends. Students’ who didn’t believe they had an ounce of talent, but came to believe that everyone is imbued with creativity.
Today Janet is enjoying her Grandchildren, finishing up a novel and a novella, plus painting. She fervently believes that every day is a gift, and creativity keeps us young and buoyant.
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