With Love from the Inside by Angela Pisel
Published: August 9, 2016
Publisher: G.P. Putnam's Sons
Format: via publisher
Grace Bradshaw knows the exact minute she will die. On death row for murdering her infant son, her last breath will be taken on February 15 at 12:01 a.m. Eleven years, five months, and twenty-seven days separate her from the last time she heard her precious daughter’s voice and the final moment she’d heard anyone call her Mom. Out of appeals, she can focus on only one thing—reconnecting with her daughter and making sure she knows the truth.
Secrets lurk behind Sophie Logan’s big house and even bigger bank account. Every day when she kisses her husband good-bye, she worries her fabricated life is about to come crumbling down. No one knows the unforgivable things her mother did to tear her family apart—not her husband, who is a prominent plastic surgeon, or her “synthetic” friends who live in her upscale neighborhood.
Grace’s looming execution date forces Sophie to revisit the traumatic events that haunted her childhood. When she returns to her hometown, she discovers new evidence about her baby brother William’s death seventeen years ago—proof that might set her mother free but shatter her marriage forever.
Sophie must quickly decide if her mother is the monster the prosecutor made her out to be or the loving mother she remembers—the one who painted her toenails glittery pink and plastered Post-it notes with inspiring quotes (“100 percent failure rate if you don't try”) all over Sophie’s bathroom mirror—before their time runs out.
This heartbreaking tale of Grace who is on death row for the murder of her son will make you realize things aren’t always so black and white. Her daughter Sophie hasn’t spoken to her mother since she found out she was convicted of this horrible crime. When Grace’s execution date is set she is determined to let her daughter know she is innocent and to let her know she loves her with all her heart.
Sophie was sheltered a lot by her father who never believed his wife killed their son. He was her fighter until his death so when Sophie decides to make a trip back home she realizes just how much her father was fighting for her mother's innocence. Sophie is now married and is living the life one who could only dream of, and her husband has no idea about her family’s past. So when she is contacted by her mom’s attorney she fears her past will ruin her future. However, when she finds evidence that might save her mother she will do everything in her power to save the woman she deserted years ago.
This novel is one that touched me from the very start. You feel Sophie’s angry but then you feel her pain towards the end. The guilt she feels is understandable and you want the wrong righted again. This is the story of love, family and most importantly forgiveness this is one read that you won't be able to put down.