Beyond Kathryn Lucas’ first memory of her father’s tree lay a dysfunctional path of violence, heartbreak, and secrets within a family severely entrenched in the vicious cycle of abuse. A lifetime of fear drives her from her home, and the teenage girl finds refuge with an aunt and uncle determined to protect their niece.
Distressing flashbacks unravel in Kathryn’s fragile mind among the turmoil encircling her as she struggles through adolescence and descends into her pain-ridden past. When the summation of her unsettling memories allows the darkness to overtake her, she becomes desperate to unearth the light.
Inspired by a true story, Kathryn must hold on tightly to those who love her, searching for her place in a world threatening to break her as she fights to overcome life’s betrayals before she is deprived of her future.
Touching and Insightful
“Between the Trees”, by Kathy Moczerniak, is a heart-wrenching yet hope-filled novel about a young woman’s search for safety, normalcy, and happiness. The main character, Kathryn, must deal with issues no young girl should have to encounter. The reader is invited along on Kathryn’s difficult journey as she struggles her way into adulthood. It is hard to believe this is Kathy Moczerniak’s first novel. Her writing style, the imagery, and the ease with which the author gets the reader to connect with young Kathryn… I desired so deeply to reach out and protect, advise, and console young Kathryn over and over again as I made my way through this book. And (spoiler alert!) I felt joy in her successes as she matured and found her way out of her pain and suffering. I admit a tear or two may have been shed as I read this story. Congratulations to this new author. I recommend this book highly.