Sunrise On The Battery by Beth Webb Hart.
Summery: Mary Lynn grew up in a small South Carolina town. When she married her husband, Jackson he had aspirations to give their children a better chance at life. Now, living in a big house and working their way up the social ladder, it is a whole new world. Their three daughters, Catherine, Lilla and Casey have many activities and are smart girls, but Mary Lynn feels like her oldest may have a bit of pressure with the upcoming SAT. Mary Lynn finds herself wishing that Jackson and her girls knew God. But when her husband starts to be interested she almost takes it back.
Romance:A few kisses between Mary Lynn and Jackson. They are both in forties and Mary Lynn mentions wanting to be more open, and thinks of marriage. Catherine the oldest daughter kinda likes a guy on her Cross Country team, another guy Tres (who is into drugs) holds her hand or hugs her one or twice.
Bad Romance: Mary Lynn thinks about divorce and a friend(though not a very good one) tries to convince her to divorce Jackson and begin a family with him.
Violence: Mary Lynn pulls a muscle, Tennis Leg, twice. She is also tried to be taken by a guy in dark car (probably a rapist) before she is rescued, yelling/arguing, threats.
Other:Drugs (one breakdown from it), drinking, homelessness,
Time Period:Set in late 2009 and early 2010.
What I Thought: Though it took me a little while to get into it, I really liked this book. The way Jackson's life turned around and you could see God's love just pouring from his character. It did make me tear up. i really liked the story and it was pretty clean. The eldest daughter does do some drugs to help her relax from pressure from her Dad. And she broke free from them (they weren't big ones, just over the counter, but it was still nice to read). It was a great 'turnaround' book.
Rating & Age:4 stars. 14 up.
I received this book free from the publisher.