Toni Wells is a successful churchgoing career woman with full custody of her son. But her commitments escalate as she deals with defiant behavior from five-year-old Ben and takes a niece into her home. Toni cuts her hours temporarily to part-time, terrified of "losing herself completely" to her family. Then she discovers that Ben has been photographed and molested by a child pornographer. Toni must finally make a choice that's not really a choice: "Whoever wants to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for me will save it" (Mark 8:35, NIV).
|Publisher:||The Crown Publishing Group|
|Product dimensions:||5.23(w) x 8.25(h) x 0.77(d)|
About the Author
Nancy Rue taught English and theater before pursuing writing full-time. The award-winning author of numerous works of fiction and nonfiction for children, young adults, and adults, Nancy lives with her husband in Lebanon, Tennessee.
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Antonia's Choice based on 0 ratings. 3 reviews.
Imagine that your sister and her husband molested and photographed your five-year-old son repeatedly. Step into the world of Toni Wells. After Toni¿s husband, Chris, has an adulterous affair with his legal aide, Toni moves from Virginia to Nashville to build a new life for herself and her son, Ben. Hoping Ben¿s screaming fits and night terrors will subside after the move, Toni works hard to establish herself in a new financial firm and again excels at being a career woman. When Ben¿s problems worsen, Toni¿s patience is at an end. Unaware that anything has happened to Ben, she believes his problems stem from her separation from his father. Sure that things will work out in time, Toni turns her attention to helping her mother and sister. When Toni¿s sister and her husband are arrested for child molesting and pornography, Toni¿s mother insists the charges are false. She demands that Toni support her sister, and Toni offers to take in her sister¿s daughter, Wyndham. Upon Wyndham¿s arrival at the airport, Ben falls to the floor screaming and refuses to be consoled. Deep in denial, Toni refuses to accept the horror of what has happened to Ben and Wyndham until circumstances force the truth on her. At that point, she must make the most difficult choices of her life¿Hobson¿s choices. But through excellent counseling, Toni, Ben, and Wyndham make progress toward healing, and begin to overcome the guilt, pain, and grief. Antonia¿s Choice is one of the best contemporary fiction books I¿ve ever read. Author Nancy Rue presents the horrifying subject matter with tenderness and sensitivity, never making it too graphic, yet clearly portraying what thousands of children experience daily. Through it all, she weaves a deft spiritual thread that shows how God can help us overcome such tragedy. The counseling presented offers a ray of hope to those who have suffered sexual abuse, and makes it clear that people can heal from such horror. Additionally, Rue¿s command of the craft of fiction is outstanding. Her characters and dialogue are well developed and believable. The descriptions, plot, and pacing carry readers along effortlessly. The conflict compels readers to flip the pages. Rue reminds us that good writing craft is not limited to the secular world. If you have not experienced abuse, statistics show you probably know someone who has. Antonia¿s Choice is a must read¿for everyone.
This was a wonderfully-written page-turner of a book and I highly recommend it, especially if you are someone who had to 'blow the whistle' on your knowledge of a child molestor. Thanks, Nancy Rue, for writing this one! I found it right when I needed it, too.
Finance expert Toni Wells left Richmond and her husband Chris due to his neglect and cheating to relocate with their five-year-old son Ben in the Nashville area. Whether it is the move or the split, Ben is filled with fear and anger, leaving Toni distraught and unsure what to do next............................ Toni¿s mother calls to inform her that her older sister Bobbi and her husband Sid have been jailed for child pornography. Mom refuses to accept the fact that Bobbi committed any crime though the house is filled with equipment, pictures and videos, and their oldest daughter teenage Wyndham turned up in them. Soon Wyndham admits that Ben, her preadolescent siblings, and she has starred in some of the shots and worse actions too. Now Toni is fighting to save Ben and Wyndham, praying for her other niece and nephew, and trying to lock away her sister........................... ANTONIA¿S CHOICE is a deep look at sexual abuse that will shake readers with the events that occurred to Ben, Wyndham and others though Nancy Rue limits the graphics. The story line is heart wrenching as Toni begins to understand what happened to Ben. Wyndham is an especially great character as guilt keeps her on a suicide edge, but bravely albeit slowly relates the sickening events. Toni¿s mom is too delusional to accept the facts and the full thrust of Christianity as being the only avenue to save Ben will turn off some readers. Still ANTONIA¿S CHOICE provides a powerful tale of the aftermath to the victims of sexual abuse................ Harriet Klausner