Women’s Lit
Date Published: June 1
Publisher: Acorn Publishing
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There’s nothing like young love. But from the beginning, Amy’s wealthy, opinionated parents disapprove of Josh Everett. Josh is a high school drop-out working for his father’s modest construction company, when Amy becomes pregnant during her senior year of high school.
Her parents begrudgingly throw a lavish wedding for her and Josh to avoid the scandal of an unwed and pregnant teenage daughter. Freed from her parents’ expectations, Amy begins to thrive as a wife and mother. But Josh and Amy’s simple love story endures an unwanted plot twist when Josh is struck by mental illness and begins suffering from auditory and visual hallucinations.
Confused and scared, Amy does her best to hold her little family together. When his symptoms escalate and Josh lands in a locked hospital ward, Amy’s parents see an opportunity to sabotage the relationship. Unless Amy divorces Josh and returns home to them, they will move to take custody of the couple’s young son.

An embittered legal battle ensues, and Josh and Amy are thrown from hospital to court room. Time is running out as Josh grapples with what’s real and the couple searches for an accurate diagnosis. In order to save their family, they must face the biggest obstacle in their relationship and fight together against everything – and everyone – determined to tear them apart.


Excerpt

“Divorce Josh,” Walt said. “Come home. Fresh start.”

Amy shot to her feet, fighting a wave of vertigo. “I have a home. I have a family.”

Walt waved his hand dismissively. “Amy don’t be stupid. Josh will be fine. They have places for people like him. Professionals equipped to handle these things.”

People like him. These things. “Dad, I love him.”

He frowned. “What does that have to do with it?”

“Please, be reasonable.” Eileen got to her feet. She gripped Amy’s arms; her blue eyes bored into her. “We know you love him, honey, but you can’t fix him.”

Amy held her gaze. “You’re right,” she said, “I’m not going to fix him.”

Her mother dropped her hands to her sides. “I’m so relieved to hear you say that.”

“We knew you’d come to your senses,” Walt added.

Amy looked from one parent to the other. She hovered at a crossroad and she had to make a choice. Do what her parents asked or lose their support. She’d chosen option A every time. This time, their request was impossible to honor and unbearable to consider.

“I’m not going to fix him,” she said, “because he’s not broken.”

“Amy—” Walt began, but she didn’t hear what he said next.

For the first time in twenty years, Amy Everett turned and walked out on her parents.


About the Author

Kat Clark is an award-winning writer with a degree in psychology and a passion for storytelling. She found writing on a frigid winter night while holed up with a crying baby, a travelling husband, and a precocious three-year old.
Kat has been a stay-at-home mom to her two sons for eleven years. She also homeschools and advocates tirelessly for awareness of and accommodations for special needs. Her free time is spent volunteering with various church ministries including working with children with a variety of needs. Her personal experience with mental illness and her previous work with the chronically mentally ill population sparked her determination to remove the stigma from mental illness.
Kat is a contributing author for The Mighty website. She also shares a You Tube channel (Sonny Mom INC.) with her son and a blog with her sister-in-law at www.killingjunecleaver.blogspot.com. She lives in the Chicago suburbs with her husband, two children, two large, obnoxious dogs, and two cats who hate each other.
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