by Sherryl Woods

October 2007
ISBN: 978-0-7783-2457-7
Reviewer Graphic Button Mira Books
Mass Market Paperback

How often in our lives do we find a neighbor with whom we can share the deepest of bonds, and feel like they’re an integral part of our family? If you’re like me the answer to that is rarely if ever. However that’s the premise of Sherryl Woods’ latest book Mending Fences.

The story of how the accusations against Evan affect his family is heart wrenching, but not nearly as emotional as the impact it will have on the long friendship between the Carters and the family of Jason and Dani Dobbs. Josh and Dani had been best friends with Evan and his sister, Caitlyn since the Carter family moved in.

As the boys aged Josh noticed changes in Evan he didn’t care for, and he tried to warn his sister who was developing quite the crush. Being the little sister that she was she didn’t take his warning seriously, and that warning could have serious repercussions later.

Ms. Woods has taken the very delicate subject of date rape and treated it with the utmost respect. I feel she did a remarkable job in showing it from the victim’s perspective and from the suspect’s viewpoint as well. She never tried to shy away from telling how things are for both parties.

As the story progresses the strain is almost unbearable between the families, and if the rift can be mended will be something you have to read and discover for yourself. I will give two warnings…be prepared to not want to set Mending Fences down until the last page has been turned and have tissues handy.

Reviewed in September 2007 by Sandi.

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