The Reformation of Marli Meade
Genre: YA Thriller
Release Date: December 1st 2016
Summary from Goodreads:
Born and raised on an isolated Appalachian mountain, sixteen-year-old Marli Meade yearns to break free from her father’s puritanical church, but fears its cult-like clutches are so deep she may never escape.
When she meets local boy Nate Porter, though, she realizes the life she craves—to be a normal teenager—is worth fighting for, even with the grave and deadly risk that fight would entail.
As her two worlds collide, exposing buried church secrets more sinister than she imagined, and unknown facts about her mother’s death, Marli must decide if she has the courage to fight for her future or if time has run out on her chance to live.
The walls around me were like a coffin whose sides were closing in, suffocating and impenetrable. I would die soon, if not in body then in spirit. This coffin wouldn’t let me breathe and I had to breathe to live. Tears filled my eyes and I returned my gaze to the ground where no one could see the heartache that was going to kill me long before the dismal future could.