My review of Laura McNeill’s Center of Gravity

25265721Ava Carson’s life has fallen apart. Her estranged husband has taken their two sons, one from another marriage (his) and one from their marriage and made it clear that she will never get them back. She has been accused by him of numerous things, including theft.  He is planning to leave with them never to return. He says his father is dead but Ava finds out otherwise and discovers some important truth about his past. But her sons are more important than anything else… including her life and she intends to get them back.

In her Thomas Nelson debut novel Center of Gravity, Laura MacNeill takes the reader on a whirlwind journey both within the human heart and around a small Alabama town as she desperately seeks to get back not just her sons but her life. The journey will leave you breathless and brokenhearted at times. And then, at other times, it will make you go “Yes! Good for you!”

Center of Gravity tells the all too often told tale of domestic violence from multiple perspectives: Ava, Mitchell the husband, Jack the third grade son, Graham, Ava’s attorney and Dr Lucy Bennett the psychologist brought in by the courts to help make a determination regarding custody. It is a harrowing story and one that grows darker as you move through it. But it is also a story of hope… and, I believe looming quietly in the background… faith.

I can honestly say that I had trouble putting this book down. I read it in two days and on day two it was the middle of the night when I finished it. It was worth it.

I rate this book a “magnificent” read.

Note: I received an advanced reader copy of this book via Smith Publicity in exchange for a review. I was not required to write a positive review.



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