With Love from the Inside
A Novel of Suspense by Angela Pisel
Review: Seventeen years ago Grace Bradshaw was sentenced to death in the State of Missouri for the murder of her infant son, William. She was accused of Munchausen by proxy syndrome. This is a case where someone (usually the mother) intentionally harms a child in order to get attention. Grace said she could never harm or kill her baby, but she wasn't believed. With all appeals shut down, she is now close to the time when she is to be executed, in With Love from the Inside by Angela Pisel.
While Grace's husband, a minister, was alive he took their daughter Sophie as often as possible to see her mother. But when he died, Sophie's attitude changed. Everyone in the town where they lived believed Grace had killed her son. So maybe her mother did kill William. Grace has not seen or talked to Sophie in eleven years. She had disconnected her phone and moved away from the family home. When she met Dr. Thomas Logan, a plastic surgeon, it was love at first sight for both of them. She did not tell him about her past other than to say her father died of a heart attack (which he did) and her mother died of cancer (which, of course, she hadn't). Thomas was quite wealthy, as was his family. His father was a senator and his brother a lawyer. She was living her lie in an upscale neighborhood with upscale friends.
Grace's lawyer had been trying to find Sophie for five years was finally able to track her down. He believed Grace was innocent and he wanted to prove it. Even though she was out of appeals, he felt if he could get the proof, he could get it to the governor and maybe get a stay of execution. The clock was ticking. The execution was just weeks away. But how could Sophie tell her husband that she had been living a lie these years they had been married? If the lawyer could find proof of Grace's innocence would it be too late to save her life?
This is an incredibly emotional novel involving the relationship between a mother and a daughter, Grace and Sophie, but there are other stories within this story. A little boy named Max is ill in the hospital where Sophie gives her time. His mother has left him and his illness needs constant care, so they cannot place him in a foster home because no one feels they can care for him. Sophie visits him and reads to him and tells him stories. Even though she and Thomas haven't really discussed having children, Sophie want to take Max home with her. Max's mother returns and puts a stop to that idea, taking him home. In another subplot, Thomas has had a surgery on a burn victim, a little girl, go wrong. Infection has set in and the girl dies. He and the hospital face a lawsuit from the parents. Overall, this is a wonderful and inspiring story, illustrating how life isnít perfect by any means, but the decisions one makes and how one lives it is what's important.
Special thanks to guest reviewer Betty of The Betz Review for contributing her review of With Love from the Inside.
Acknowledgment: Penguin Group provided a copy of With Love from the Inside for this review.
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With Love from the Inside by Angela Pisel — A Novel of Suspense
Publication Date: August 2016
List Price: $26.00
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