When We Were Worthy

When We Were Worthy

by Marybeth Mayhew Whalen

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Overview

A win brought them together, but loss may tear them apart.

When the sound of sirens cuts through a cool fall night, the small town of Worthy, Georgia, hurtles from triumph to tragedy. Just hours before, they’d watched the Wildcats score a winning touchdown. Now, they’re faced with the deaths of three cheerleaders—their promising lives cut short in a fatal crash. And the boy in the other car—the only one to survive—is believed to be at fault. As rumors begin to fly and accusations spin, allegiances form and long-kept secrets emerge.

At the center of the whirlwind are four women, each grappling with loss, regret, shame, and lies: Marglyn, a grieving mother; Darcy, whose son had been behind the wheel; Ava, a substitute teacher with a scandalous secret; and Leah, a cheerleader who should have been in the car with her friends, but wasn’t. If the truth comes out, will it bring redemption—or will it be their downfall?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781503941601
Publisher: Amazon Publishing
Publication date: 09/12/2017
Pages: 276
Sales rank: 400,893
Product dimensions: 5.40(w) x 8.20(h) x 0.80(d)

About the Author

Marybeth Mayhew Whalen is the author of several novels, including When We Were Worthy and The Things We Wish Were True. She speaks to women’s groups around the United States and is the cofounder of the popular women’s fiction site www.shereads.org. Married for twenty-six years, she and her husband, Curt, live in North Carolina with their six children, ranging from young adult to elementary age. Although Marybeth spends most of her time in the grocery store, she occasionally escapes to scribble some words and work on her next novel. Visit her at www.marybethwhalen.com.

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When We Were Worthy 4 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
bookloverfl12 More than 1 year ago
Coming from a small town, I enjoy reading books set in a small town - I feel at home and can totally relate to the drama. This was a fast paced read that I didn't want to put down once I began reading. You could feel the anguish of the residents of the small town. I was transported back to my hometown while reading, as our town faced some tragic accidents while I lived there. A heart gripping read for your holiday weekend.
11531835 More than 1 year ago
I feel like I know the characters in this book, the story felt so real. I cried. Highly recommend!
booksandbeverages More than 1 year ago
Where my small town fiction readers at? If that’s you, I think you should keep reading! I’ll start by saying this: this is a page turner. You want to find out what’s next, you want to know what’s going to happen. It kept me reading and if I remember correctly, I finished it in one setting. It’s very much a small town novel. While there were a couple things I guessed were going to happen (but not in a way that ruined the reading experience), there were a few surprising bits that got my attention (if you’ve read it, message me. There’s one key thing I really REALLY want to discuss!) It’s a page turner for sure and there were times when I wanted to sit characters down and tell them to make better choices, but isn’t that what good novels often do? I also like that it was an honest look at parent’s grief (not matter what you are grieving for). I liked that it showed how people do change and people can work at something they once thought lost. Have you read any of Whalen’s novels? (This was a Fall pick for SheReads.org. Thank you to Lake Union Publishing for a copy of the book. All views expressed are my own.) Originally published at https://musingsofjamie.wordpress.com/2017/10/11/when-we-were-worthy-by-marybeth-mayhew-whalen-book-review/
KateUnger More than 1 year ago
When We Were Worthy is an adult drama focused on four characters in the aftermath of a small town tragedy. After a high school football victory, when the whole town should be celebrating, four families are mourning. Three cheerleaders are killed when a teenage boy crashing into them while presumably racing his new car. The reader learns the truth about the accident and other scandals in town from these characters: Leah, the friend that should have been in the car that night, Ava, the substitute teacher who’s relieved that one of the girls didn’t live to tell what she saw at the game that night, Marglyn, a grieving mother wracked with guilt over missing that last game, and Darcy, the mother of the boy responsible for the crash. This book started off so well. I found myself reading this book every chance I got for about the first half. I was sucked in by the writing, and I needed to know what was happening and how everyone was dealing. Then things slowed down a little bit. I was hoping for more moving on and the secrets came out a little slower than I would have liked, but even still I really enjoyed this book. Each character made me think. I was surprised by some of their actions. I wanted to step in and comfort some of them or give others advice. This book would have been a great one to read with a book club. There was a lot of emotions and actions to discuss even though there was a ton of overall plot. It’s pretty isolated to that one event and how it plays out over the next couple of months. I liked Leah and Darcy the best. I knew something awful had happened to Leah that night, and I needed to find out what exactly it was. And I was most sympathetic to Darcy – recently divorced, keeping her son’s secret, hated by the whole town. I didn’t dislike any of the characters, but I found myself looking forward to these two characters’ chapters the most. http://opinionatedbooklover.com/review-when-we-were-worthy-by-marybeth-mayhew-whalen/
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
I was heartbroken while reading this book. Not only at the loss of teenagers, but at the judgment and grief of those left behind are feeling. I cannot begin to truly understand how those who lost the three girls are feeling but I am devastated by the lack of compassion for the one who takes the blame. I am mortified by the way the adults react and how they don’t control their own teenagers. There is nothing simple in Marybeth Whalen’s writing. I could feel the complex emotions, the grief at the loss, the fear of the consequences of actions, and the anger in the town. This is more than just a story about the loss of three young ladies. There is so much more. The different characters all shared their points of view. It was interesting to see how the different characters perceived the same events or how they felt about them. By writing in this style I felt that I could connect with each character, feel their emotions, know their thoughts, and learn their histories. I am a Marybeth Mayhew Whalen fan. I recommend picking up your own copy. Thank you to SheReads and Ashley Vanicek for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
CharlotteLynnsReviews More than 1 year ago
I was heartbroken while reading this book. Not only at the loss of teenagers, but at the judgment and grief of those left behind are feeling. I cannot begin to truly understand how those who lost the three girls are feeling but I am devastated by the lack of compassion for the one who takes the blame. I am mortified by the way the adults react and how they don’t control their own teenagers. There is nothing simple in Marybeth Whalen’s writing. I could feel the complex emotions, the grief at the loss, the fear of the consequences of actions, and the anger in the town. This is more than just a story about the loss of three young ladies. There is so much more. The different characters all shared their points of view. It was interesting to see how the different characters perceived the same events or how they felt about them. By writing in this style I felt that I could connect with each character, feel their emotions, know their thoughts, and learn their histories. I am a Marybeth Mayhew Whalen fan. I recommend picking up your own copy. Thank you to SheReads and Ashley Vanicek for a copy of the book in exchange for an honest review.
Chris721 More than 1 year ago
3 cheerleaders are killed in a car crash. The other car was driven by a classmate. Is Graham to blame? The entire town turns against Graham blaming him completely for the accident. Worthy is a small town and high school football their claim to fame. This story is told by multiple people with Leah being my favorite. It is a story of guilt, secrets, and a truth that can unravel the entire town of Worthy. Thank you to NetGalley and Lake Union Publishing for providing me an ARC in return for an honest review.