A Bend in the Willow

A Bend in the Willow

by Susan Clayton-Goldner

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A Bend in the Willow by Susan Clayton-Goldner

Willowood, Kentucky 1965 - Robin Lee Carter sets a fire that kills her rapist, then disappears. She reinvents herself and is living a respectable life as Catherine Henry, married to a medical school dean in Tucson, Arizona. In 1985, when their 5-year-old son, Michael, is diagnosed with a chemotherapy-resistant leukemia, Catherine must return to Willowood, face her family and the 19-year-old son, a product of her rape, she gave up for adoption. She knows her return will lead to a murder charge, but Michael needs a bone marrow transplant. Will she find forgiveness, and is she willing to lose everything, including her life, to save her dying son?

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BN ID: 2940153873626
Publisher: Tirgearr Publishing
Publication date: 01/18/2017
Sold by: Smashwords
Format: NOOK Book
Sales rank: 1,013,968
File size: 811 KB
Age Range: 18 Years

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A Bend in the Willow 4.7 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 6 reviews.
Fredreeca2001 More than 1 year ago
Robin Lee has changed her stars. She had a horrible start on life. But, she changed everything about herself, including her name. She married a wonderful man and had a beautiful child. Then, her child developed leukemia. She must face her past and what she has done to save her little boy. I have a love-hate relationship with this book. I wanted to bail on it a few times. However, Robin Lee’s present and her past kept me reading. The story itself keeps you interested enough to keep reading. It is the characters which are lacking. They are one dimensional and hard to relate to. I dislike Robin Lee’s husband. He is arrogant and judgemental, especially of her. The conversations are forced and labored. I know conversations are extremely hard to write and I may be being too harsh. This just really detracts from the story. I rolled my eyes in several places. A good read with a few problems. If you can get past that, you will enjoy this tale! I received this novel from Netgalley for a honest review.
ReadersFavorite More than 1 year ago
Reviewed by Mamta Madhavan for Readers' Favorite A Bend in the Willow by Susan Clayton-Goldner is the story of Catherine Henry who lives with her husband and son in Tucson, Arizona. Circumstances force her to return to Willowood to face her family and her son, whom she gave up for adoption as he was the result of a rape. She has to save Michael, her five-year-old who is diagnosed with leukemia, a form resistant to chemotherapy. Doctors tell them that only a bone marrow transplant can save the boy and Catherine knows that it is time to go back to her past. Since blood relatives have the best chance of matching, Catherine has to tell about her 19-year-old son. Her husband, Ben, is shattered when he learns about her past and feels betrayed that she has kept it from him till now. Will Catherine be able to save her dying son? Who comes to her help finally? The story is poignant and will awaken readers' emotions. The narration switches from the present to the past, connecting Catherine's present to her past. Ben’s feelings of being betrayed and let down are palpable, and Catherine’s guilt about her past and wanting to disassociate from it and start a new life is understandable. There are a lot of twists and turns in the plot which make the story a compelling read. The main character with a hidden past, her childhood problems, and her reasons for admitting to her past, running away from it, and finally going back to it have been woven together beautifully and this gives the story a mysterious vibe. The book will grab the attention of readers right from the first page to the last and the author captures the tension, family life, and small town ambiance perfectly.
Heather06 More than 1 year ago
This book was so good. It absolutely touched me. Some people seem blessed and never experience heartache and then there are others that it seems to follow them and they are the strongest people. That is how I view Robin Lee Carter aka Catherine Henry. She has risen above so many things. But to return to the scene of her childhood that haunted her so took the most guts of all. I absolutely couldn't put this book down. It is a must read. I received a free copy of this book from the author for my honest review.
TheThoughtSpot More than 1 year ago
Received an advance reader copy in exchange for a fair review. Thanks to the author's request for me to read and review A Bend in the Willow by Susan Clayton-Goldner! Maya Angelou opens the story with her quote, "There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you." Robin Lee changed her name to Catherine years ago to escape her painful past, but her husband knows nothing about her past experiences. She fabricated a life story. Their son Michael is in an accident on his fifth birthday and while assessing his health, the doctor finds leukemia. The only hope he has for recovery is a bone marrow transplant from a matching relative. Catherine goes to her hometown and faces her past head on. She meets her brother Kyle and he doesn't believe that she's Robin Lee. She approached him too abruptly about her son instead of first trying to ease the pain from their past. The past keeps blowing up in her face and she struggles, and so do her family members, with trying to take care of Michael. The innocence of children brought tears to my eyes and this story is tragic and beautiful at the same time - 5 stars - for this adult realistic fiction novel with kudos to perseverance and unconditional love and compassion!
jeanniezelos More than 1 year ago
A Bend in the Willow,  Susan Clayton-Goldner  Review from Jeannie Zelos book reviews Genre:  General Fiction  I’d not read any of Susan’s books before but this sounded intriguing.  I love romance reads, been finding concentration difficult this year so light ones have been the mainstay. Sometimes I want something that’s got a bit more depth to it, and I’ll go outside my usual zone into one like this, a non romance or ones with just a touch of it. I wouldn’t want to read books like this exclusively, but love to mix and match reads to my moods. So, I loved this story, loved the way it slowly built up, that it was clear Catherine was holding back a huge secret, loved the way we only found out snippets as the story unfolded. Then things went really wrong, a huge crisis came and she was forced to reveal all, well part anyway, she was prepared to tell Ben everything but.... He was so shocked – well, who wouldn’t be – and his reaction was just what Catherine had feared. She had to go back to her past, to reveal who she is to people who don’t know what happened to her, but she needs the help of her family to see if one of them can be a donor to Michael. That means telling people who haven’t seen her for twenty years, who didn’t know what happened to her, finding out if her brother was still alive, seeking out Ryan, and all the upset that would bring to their lives. Michael needed her and she wasn’t going to let him down. Its was emotionally gutting, brought me to tears a few times and I understood exactly why she had acted that way, and yet I also understood why Ben was shocked. When someone is hiding something so huge from you it must make you question everything. Ben was a good man, loved his wife and son but in shock, and reacted badly. The more secrets came out the more I felt for Catherine and him. Michael was wonderful, a real sweetheart, and his illness is all too real for many kids. I felt that part of the story was really well done, and could feel for the poor kid, especially when he’s facing death. In hospital people die, you can’t avoid it, the guy in the bed opposite died one morning when I was having chemo, its tough but happens, even in kids wards. The other characters were great, Kyle and his family, the people who knew Robin Lee, Ben’s secretary Helen, and his dad. They added to the feeling of reality, the emotions that built up, and how desperate Catherine was both as a teen when she disappeared, and now when her carefully constructed world collapses. I felt so sad for her, she was trying so hard and yet the whole thing wasn’t her fault, she was just a scared teen.  Of course once lies are told, they build up and grow and she had to carry on with them even though she didn’t want to. Experience had taught her that she needed to keep quiet. Its a fabulous read, a story that so full of drama and emotion, made me cry, and the characters felt like people I knew. I’d intended reading part way and then back to a lighter read, as I’d just come off a similar great but heavy story. However I was so engrossed, so caught up in Catherine's world that I couldn't leave it until I knew how things were going to work out, hoping Ben would understand, hoping of course that Michael would get his transplant and recover, hoping Catherine's family would forgive her. Its a book I felt really sad to leave but was  happy at the ending, a positive note even if there was still lots to sort out and move forward. Stars: Five, a wond
CathyGeha More than 1 year ago
Beautifully bittersweet – this is the story of Robin Lee’s childhood, the events that formed and tested her, and what she did to finally move on and become the woman known as Catherine Henry. As Catherine her life is everything she dreamed it would be but it is based on lies and she fears that one day she will be exposed. When her five year old son is diagnosed with leukemia and a bone marrow transplant is all that can save him Catherine has to face people and places she has not seen in twenty years. What she finds is an astounding story of giving, living and love. This is a novel that kept me reading, made me think, made me feel and left me with hope at the end. One phrase hit me so I highlighted it: …she (Catherine) remained certain there were some truths that needed to stay hidden. Perhaps that was the crucial difference. Not whether you always told the absolute truth, but what you knew in your heart was worth lying for… I loved the characters, the story and the writing. I am thankful to Tirgearr Publishing and the author for the copy of this book. I have never read anything by this author before but will look for her in the future. I rate it at five or more stars but since five is the limit will leave it at that and tell you that if you like a great story then this one might be for you.